The children I work with LOVE to make crafts. Anytime I bring out crafting materials they are almost fighting to get their hands on it. Crafting is a great way for kids to develop language, follow directions, and improve fine motor skills.
This week we are reading the book The Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman. It is a cute story about how a turkey outsmarts some townspeople. In the story, the characters participate in a contest to make the best turkey. They use all sorts of materials such as oatmeal, potatoes, and soap. Since making soap turkeys might get a little messy, I am keeping it simple with using basic materials such as glue, paper, and recyclables.
These crafts are all simple and are suggested for children 3-11 (preschool- 5th grade).
Time to make: 5-10 minutes depending on child’s fine motor skills
You need: construction paper, scissors, liquid glue, google eyes
1) Cut out a brown circle for the turkey body and two wings.
2) Using any color paper you would like, make 6 three inch strips for the tail feathers. Also create a triangle beak and two feet.
3) Glue all of the turkey parts onto a half sheet of construction paper.
Want to make it more challenging? With my older students I had them create a “Turkey Profile.” They had to name the turkey and list personal information about the turkey (e.g., favorite food, favorite games).
Toilet Paper Turkey ( as seen on Pinterest)
Time to make: 5 minutes
You need: toilet paper tube, construction paper, markers, liquid glue, stapler, scissors
1) Cut the toilet paper tube in half.
2) Draw two eyes on the front of the tube. Cut a triangle beak and “gobbler” (that red thing on the turkey’s mouth) and glue them below the eyes.
3) Cut 5 strips of construction paper. Make sure they are long strips (i.e., the length of one sheet of construction paper).
4) Fold over the strips to make a loop. Do not crease them. Fan the loops into a tail and staple them together. Then staple them on the backside of the toilet paper tube.
*Don’t have a toilet paper tube on hand? Egg cartons work just as well. Kids can color or paint the egg carton to give it a brown color.