What happens when you combine a paper plate with traced footprint cutouts? You get a fun paper plate turkey craft with footprint feathers!
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I have eaten turkey since I was little, especially on Thanksgiving. I’d seen them on TV but never really in person. Maybe in the zoo a few times or a field trip to a farm, but it wasn’t something common for me. One day we were driving through my husband’s small home town when all of the sudden, trotting across the road was a turkey. A wild turkey, but still. A turkey just trotting across the road. My daughter was so ecstatic – squealing that she saw a real life turkey!
This turkey craft may not be a real life turkey and it may not cross the street but it is adorable, just like these Turkey Hand Puppets!
Paper Plate Turkey Craft Tutorial
This craft is easy to make. The multiple, yet short steps helped keep my daughter’s attention. She loves crafting with me, but her 4 year old attention span is short. Crafts for her have to be multiple quick steps. This Thanksgiving craft is just that. She also liked the different mediums that were used: glue, paint, scissors, etc.
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How We Made Our Turkey Craft:
The first thing we did was to paint the paper plate with brown washable paint.
While the paint dried I traced my daughters sweet little foot on card stock. I cut that piece out and then traced more onto the other pieces of cardstock (2 yellow, 2 orange, 1 brown). Cut the footprints out
*If making with a preschooler or kindergartner, this is a great way for them to practice tracing and using a scissors.
By this time the paint was dry on the paper plate. Next, we cut the paper plate so that it was flat on the bottom.
The next step was to glue the feathers on. We did this by placing glue on the back of the plate (unpainted side). After the feathers, we glued on googly eyes. We used small ones, I just like the look of this. Other sizes might be just as cute.
The last thing we did was glue on an orange triangle for the beak. You may also wish to add the red wattle.
I think it turned out so cute! I can’t wait to add it to our Thanksgiving crafts turned decorations. This turkey craft would also make a great classroom craft or small gift for grandparents.