Thankful Turkey Kids Craft


Looking for a fun Thanksgiving craft you can do with your kiddos? Look no further, this is a simple fun craft you can do and the great part is you probably already have most of the supplies close at hand!



  • Brown, orange, and red for turkey body
  • Various colors of construction paper for feathers
  • Markers
  • Anything else you’d like to add for decoration



First we read The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh. It’s a wonderful story about one family’s  first Thanksgiving in the Plymouth Colony. The family starts as they are aboard the Mayflower, goes through their journey to a new land, and then ends with the great feast with the Indian chief Massasoit, Squanto and their people.




Making your turkey:

Step 1: We used my felt turkey template to trace out our pieces on to colorful construction paper. (Use brown for the body, orange for the beak and claws, and red for the beard.)


Step 2: Glue the body pieces together as seen above.


Step 3: Have your children write 1 think they are thankful for on each feather, then attach them to the back of the turkey body. (If you’re curious, “Six” is the name of our cat ;o) )


And that’s it!  A super easy and fun Thanksgiving craft that will help your kids understand why we celebrate and what they can be thankful for in their own lives!


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


  • Annie Moffatt November 23, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Super easy, super cute!

  • Beth November 23, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Very cute. And I’ll have to check out your book resource! You kids are so cute!! Happy Thanksgiing Erica!
    Beth =-)

  • Monica November 23, 2011 at 6:10 am

    What a wonderful idea! I was looking for something to occupy my children today, on their first day of Thanksgiving vacation, and this is perfect. It’s so simple and time-consuming at the same time. Thank you for sharing.

  • Colette November 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    You make me excited to home-school my own children! And thank-you for clarifying who “Six” was… haha, that was the first thing I noticed on each of their turkeys!

  • Adriana Zoder November 27, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Thank you for sharing. We have already done a Thanksgiving unit study this year, but I will have to do this activity with them, too. I like the fact that it personalizes the experience for them and it makes them think.

  • Jennifer McDonald November 24, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Is that turkey wearing an aviator cap? ! Adorable!


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