Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Thanksgiving is just a week away! It’s time to make a fun Thanksgiving Turkey!

You’ll need an empty toilet paper roll, some different colored paper, pencil, glue and/or tape, scissors, a piece of thin cardboard or cardstock, 2 wiggly eyes and you might want some markers.

If you would like to color your turkey’s body (the toilet paper roll) with the markers, go ahead and do that first. I decided since the toilet paper roll was already brown, I would use it as is. Glue the wiggly eyes onto the turkey’s body.

Let’s make the turkey’s beak next. Cut out a small rectangle from either orange or yellow paper.

Fold the rectangle in half, bringing the 2 shorter sides together.

Keeping the folded side up, cut from approximately the middle of the bottom side up to the right hand corner.

Make the same type of cut up to the upper left hand side, forming a folded triangle.

Still keeping the folded edge at the top, glue the bottom side of the triangle onto the turkey below his eyes.

Cut another small rectangle from red paper to make the turkey’s wattle. No need to be perfect, just cut something similar to the one in the following picture.

And glue it on the turkey beside his beak.

It’s time to make some feathers. Using the thin cardboard or cardstock, draw a simple feather shape to use as the pattern for making feathers for the turkey’s tail. (It doesn’t need to be perfect. The feathers will overlap each other and hide any flaws.) 😉

Trace around the feather pattern on several different colors of paper. I used 6 different colors but if you don’t have that many colors, make more than one of the colors you have so you end up with 6 feathers.

Cut the feathers out. This is great practice for kids in using their small motor skills.

Glue the feathers to the back side of the turkey, but put glue only on the bottom part of the feathers. Only put glue on the part that will be up against the turkey’s body or where it lays on another feather.

And your Thanksgiving turkey is finished and ready to be part of your home’s decorations for the holiday! What’s nice about this turkey is that nobody will be eating him! 😉

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