How to Make a Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey Craft


To create this handprint turkey, make a tracing or print of your child's hand and use it as the turkey's feathers. The crafts can be used as place settings for children on Thanksgiving day. If you're making this project with a group of children, such as a church group or an elementary school class, have each child make one to keep as a memento. Or, let the kids use the turkeys to put on a puppet show on Thanksgiving.

Step 1

Place some newspaper down on a clean clear work surface. Put a piece of white construction paper down on the paper and trace your child's hand with a pencil.

Step 2

Put some water in a disposable cup and wet the paintbrush. Dip the brush in watercolors or craft paint and apply color within the hand tracing. Another option is to spread several different colored finger paints on your child's hand and have him press his palm down on the paper. Cut out the handprint once it has dried.

Step 3

Draw the turkey's parts on pieces of construction paper. Make circles on white and black construction paper for the eyes and eyeballs. Make a triangle and two three-toed triangular feet on yellow construction paper. Make the same shape as the feet on red construction paper for the gobbler. Cut out the pieces and set them aside.

Step 4

Cut one toilet paper roll in half. Cut a piece of orange construction paper to fit and wrap it around this roll. Cut another piece of orange construction paper to fit around the whole toilet paper roll. Attach the construction paper to the rolls with staples. Staple the two rolls together, the small one on top of the large one.

Step 5

Staple the handprint to the back of the main body of the turkey craft. Attach the feet, gobbler, beak, eyes and eyeballs to the turkey with craft glue. Allow the craft to dry completely before displaying it. Write the name of a guest on each handprint turkey and set it at the top of each place setting behind the drinks.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 toilet paper rolls
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Stapler
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