Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Craft for Kids

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I wanted to share this easy Thanksgiving turkey craft for kids from Parents Magazine! As the girls are getting older, we’ve come to realize that there are a lot of non-food areas that affect their health. Taking time to connect as a family, building confidence by creating a decoration from scratch, and encouraging a constant attitude of gratitude are all simple ways we can help nourish their souls. Honestly, even my soul is nourished by our special turkey.

After working together with extended family to assemble our feathers and bodies, the girls and I took our turkey home, and spent time with Daddy recordeding all that we are thankful for. In future years, I hope to reintroduce our turkey centerpiece, read what we were thankful for the year before, and then celebrate November by creating a whole new set of feathers. If you would like to do the same, I highly suggest using heavy-weight, acid-free construction paper. I can only imagine the fun we will have re-reading all of the feathers when the girls are in high school, or even have kids of their own!


6  -inch styrofoam ball
3  -inch styrofoam ball
Dark brown yarn
Tan (almond) yarn
Craft sticks
Heavy weight construction paper
Sharpie permanent markers
White, black, yellow, and red felt
Glue sticks
Hot glue gun and sticks


Preheat your glue gun.

Make the body: Cut the bottom 1-inch off of a 6-inch styrofoam ball. Use hot glue gun to glue the start of the dark brown yarn to the flat edge of the foam ball. Wrap ball with yarn until fully covered. Use hot glue gun to glue the end of the yarn to the flat edge of ball. Set aside.

Make your head: Use hot glue gun to glue the start of the tan yarn to the 3-inch styrofoam ball. Wrap tan yarn around ball until fully covered. Use glue gun to glue down end of string.

Decorate your turkey’s face: On the opposite side of where you glued down your string, create your turkey’s face. Cut out two 1/2-inch white circles and two 1/4-inch black circles for eyes, a 2-inch diamond for the beak, and a narrow heart for the wattle. (Yes, our eyes are pink pompoms. We have girly girls.) Use glue gun to secure felt to the turkey’s face.

Attach your turkey’s face to the body: Insert a craft stick into the the top of the turkey’s body. Attach the head by inserting the craft stick underneath the yarn in the back of the turkey’s head.

Make your feathers: Cut 16 feathers from heavy duty construction paper. Fold each in half lengthwise to create a seam. Using glue sticks, glue feathers to the top half of craft sticks.

Get your gratitude on: As a family, take turns naming something you are thankful for. When all of the feather are filled, insert the bottom half of the craft sticks into the body of the turkey. For a 360 degree centerpiece, do two rows of eight feathers, with both rows facing out. Place on a table filled with a perfectly roasted holiday bird, homemade gravy, cranberry sauce, butternut squash gratin, and enjoy!

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Easy Turkey Craft for Kids

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