DIY Turkey Activity for Toddlers this Thanksgiving
This easy Thanksgiving turkey craft using paper plates, tissue paper, and construction paper is simple to make and (almost) mess-free!
I love making crafts with my daughter for each holiday. However, I’ve always found it difficult to pick out activities that she can actually participate in. I usually end up doing most of the crafting!
This turkey craft is simple to make and your toddler can make it herself with minimal prompting and help from you! Plus it’s a quick activity. Your little one won’t lose interest while doing this fun turkey project.
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I’m always looking for fun crafts my two year old can participate in — even better if she can do them on her own or with minimal help from me. This Thanksgiving turkey craft is really easy to make.
Materials for Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
- Paper plate
- Brown construction paper
- Orange construction paper
- Tissue paper (assorted colors)
- Glue stick
- Googly eyes
- Pencil, pen or marker for tracing the hand
- Red marker (for drawing the wattle!)
I had all of these supplies already at home but if you’re looking for a cheap and easy craft, everything can be found at the Dollar Tree or your local dollar store.
If you’re familiar with the DIY projects on this blog, you’ll know that I LOVE paper plate crafts. Check out some of these other fun projects for toddlers using paper plates:
Instructions for Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
1. Make turkey feathers out of tissue paper
First, my daughter and I tore up pieces of tissue paper to be used as the turkey feathers. You could also cut pieces up, tear them in strips or even bunch them up.
My daughter thoroughly enjoyed being able to rip up the tissue paper! I think this was her favorite part of the activity.
Once we had a bunch of tissue paper pieces, we put them all into a container. I used typical fall colors – red, orange and yellow – but any color would work for this craft.
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2. Glue the tissue paper feather onto a paper plate
We then used glue sticks to attach the tissue paper “turkey feathers” onto paper plates. Your toddler can probably do this part themselves.
The great part is the tissue paper can go anywhere on the paper plate and it will still look like a turkey when the project is finished.
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3. Add the turkey’s body
Next, I traced our hands on a piece of brown construction paper to be used as the turkey’s body and head and cut them out.
We glued our turkey bodies on top of the turkey feathers.
Alternatively, you could glue down the construction paper hand first and layer the tissue paper feathers on top but I like the idea of being able to see the whole hand as a reminder of how little my daughter was!
I used the orange construction paper to cut triangle beaks and drew turkey wattles with the red marker. To finish it off, I glued a googly eye onto each turkey.
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I love how this simple turkey project turned out!
If you have extra tissue paper left over, save it and use it for another fun craft like this DIY Tissue Paper Fall Wreath (Lela Burris) or Leaf Suncatcher Craft (The Best Ideas for Kids) or Fall Tissue Paper Tree (Free Kids Crafts).
Have you tried this or a similar craft? What’s your favorite easy Thanksgiving craft or activity to do with your toddler or young child? Let me know in the comments!