Crafting with kids: Thankful Turkeys

This was a hit each year in the classroom when we did it with our kindergarten buddies. This year I made them with my 1st grader and pre-Kindergartner. This activity is exactly at their level, and I was so proud of Middle, when he wrote his Thankful feathers on his own.


I’m fairly certain you’ll have everything you need in your home, so no need to rush out to the store for this activity. You can even do it on Thanksgiving!

You’ll need, per turkey:

  • toilet paper roll
  • construction paper: 1 brown, 1 yellow, other colors
  • glue
  • black marker

Create a tracer of a feather; trace and cut feathers out of many colors of construction paper (plan for 4 or 5 per turkey). Also, fold brown construction paper in half (length-wise) and cut. You’ll need 1 half-sheet brown paper per turkey. Finally, cut out small, yellow squares, about 1/2 -1 inch.


Place glue on the construction paper and roll the paper around toilet paper roll.


Have child draw eyes. Fold small square yellow paper into triangle shape and glue one side onto roll as a beak.

Ask child to think about the things he is most thankful for and write them on each feather. Glue bottoms of feather onto roll to form turkey.


mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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