Here’s a way to keep the kids busy while they wait for Thanksgiving dinner. Let them create this easy Thankful Turkey craft. It’s cute and also lets them think about things they are grateful for so they can write them down on their turkey’s feathers. We’re using ours as Thanksgiving table centerpieces this year.
- Empty toilet paper roll
- Construction Paper
- Googly Eyes
- Red Pipe Cleaner
- Cut out different colors of feather shapes from the construction paper. We used 5, but you could use more. I didn’t use a pattern for the feathers, I just winged it (no pun intended) and made them several inches long so they would stick out from the toilet paper roll like real turkey feathers.
- Cut out a small triangle beak from orange construction paper. Make a fold about 1/4 inch from the end of the long side of the triangle so when you glue it onto the toilet paper roll, it can stick out a little bit.
- Cut approximately 1.5 inch piece of red pipe cleaner (for turkey’s gobbler).
- Make turkey’s face: Glue 2 googley eyes on the front of the toilet paper roll. Glue the orange beak and red pipe cleaner “gobbler” across the top of the beak. *note: our turkey’s gobbler got glued a little off center*
- Have the child write down one thing they are thankful for on each of the feathers.
- Glue the feathers to the back side of the toilet paper roll so that they fan out to look like a real turkey’s feathers.
- Allow to dry.
How do you keep your kids busy while Thanksgiving dinner is cooking? Let me know if you have any questions about how to make this craft, I’m happy to help.