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Monday, November 15, 2010

Paper Plate Turkey

First of all, sorry for the terribly small picture. I took this with my phone at Brayden's school. I helped in Brayden's class this month as they made these cute turkey plates. IF I remember, when he brings it home this year, I will take a picture and add it to this post so there will be a better picture for future reference. This is a fun Thanksgiving decoration! It is great for counting, colors, fine motor, an art project, and following a sequence of directions.


  • Two white paper plates
  • Six long strips of paper: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple 
  • Six short strips of paper: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
  • One short orange strip of paper (for the feet)
  • One printed turkey head (try this one http://kidsdomain.com/craft/cegif/pum-tur3-head.gif)
  • Crayons
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Stapler (optional)
  1. Have the child color the bottom of each plate brown. This is the side that you do not eat from.
  2. Have the child color and cut out the turkey head.
  3. Have the child cut the strips of paper so the ends resemble feathers. Most of the Kindergartners cut the ends like at an angle.
  4. Have the child cut out the orange strip to look like feet.
  5. Have the child glue the turkey head on the brown side of one of the plates.
  6. Have the child glue the feathers on the white side of the other plate. Glue the tall feathers in the middle and short feathers on the sides.
  7. Have the child glue the feet on the bottom of the same plate.
  8. Staple (or glue) the two plates together.
  9. Viola! You have a turkey.
Tip: If you want this to be an activity where your child follows a sequence of directions, it is a good idea for you to make one ahead of time. Then give the instructions and set your turkey out for the child to look at as an example. I would say this is most appropriate for children 4 and older.

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