Preschool Turkey Thanksgiving Art Projects

by Michelle LaRowe
Turkeys take center stage in Thanksgiving themed art projects for preschoolers.

Turkeys take center stage in Thanksgiving themed art projects for preschoolers.


Although we don’t really know if turkey was served at the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving, turkeys have become an important part of the Thanksgiving tradition. Your preschooler can create art projects that resemble the holiday bird. The projects can add a decorative touch to your home and Thanksgiving celebration.

Hand and Foot

Cutouts of your preschoolers’ hands and feet can be used to make a Thanksgiving turkey project. Use cutouts of your preschoolers’ feet on brown paper to create the turkey’s body. Glue the feet cutouts together with the heels slightly overlapping to form the body of the turkey. The individual toes should not be included in the tracing, but instead the tracing should be a smooth arc of the top of your preschooler’s foot. Use cutouts of his traced hands on orange, yellow and red paper to make the turkey’s feathers. Glue the feathers to the turkey’s body to make the plume. Create the turkey's waddle, beak, eyes and legs using construction paper cutouts. As an alternative, your preschooler can draw the turkey’s facial features and use pipe cleaners to make the turkey’s legs and feet.

Turkey Hat

Your preschooler can create a turkey hat with a few pieces of construction paper, glue and scissors. While your preschooler can do most of this project independently, you’ll need to assist her with making the crown of the hat. Make the crown by fitting a brown strip of paper to your preschooler’s head and fastening the paper in a circle using a stapler. Once the crown is made, your preschooler can cut the body of the turkey, the turkey’s facial features, legs and feathers from various colors of construction paper. Glue the facial cutouts, legs and feet onto the turkey’s body and attach the body to the front of the crown. Glue the feathers to the back of the crown to complete the turkey hat.

Turkey Place Holder

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, have your preschooler create the dinner table place holders. A plastic foam ball and nontoxic paint can be used to create the body of the turkey. Glue eyes, a beak and a waddle onto a wooden ice cream spoon and stick it into the top of the ball to serve as the turkey’s face. Insert various colors of feathers into the ball behind the face to serve as the turkey’s plume. Your preschooler will need your help to cut off a piece of the bottom of the ball to make a flat base. Place the turkey on a piece of cardstock and write your guest's name on it.

About the Author

Michelle LaRowe is the 2004 International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year and the author of "Nanny to the Rescue!", "Working Mom's 411" and a "Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists." LaRowe graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Studies from Global University.

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