Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition with you little ones? I decided to start my 1 year old daughter on the tradition of making handprint turkeys as a yearly Thanksgiving keepsake craft. Big Brother has made at least one Thanksgiving turkey art project every year so far. For Baby Sister's, I thought the addition of a traced hand and fingerprint tree would make it even cuter.
How to make the Fall Tree Handprint Art
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You'll need: kid-friendly paint, construction paper, paintbrush, scissors, pencil, and a black marker.
Start by tracing the hand and arm on to brown construction paper. Cut the tree out and glue to another sheet of paper (white or another Fall color).
Place different color paints in a paint palette or on a paper plate. Have the child make multi-colored fingerprints. Baby Sister absolutely loves making fingerprints (or finger smears...lol 😉 ). It's a fun way to teach her colors too since we use each paint color separately. She still likes to call most things red and yellow, but excitedly repeats the names of all the others.
→ Here's another cute turkey craft idea!
How to make the Thanksgiving Turkey Art Keepsake
The handprint Thanksgiving turkey is made by painting each finger a different color and the palm/thumb with brown paint. It helps to have the paint colors already set out in a palette or on a plate beforehand.
Paint on the wattle and legs.
Once dry, add the eye and wings using a black marker. You could also add details to the feathers, but it looks cute without as well.
That's it! Display in your home on the refrigerator or hang in a frame. Check out one of our past Thanksgiving turkey art keepsakes - cute Pilgrim Handprint Turkeys!
*This Thanksgiving Turkey and Fall Tree Handprint Art Keepsake was originally posted 11/20/2012 and updated 11/20/2017.
Leslie Bielas says
That is a great idea to document the holiday along with their growth.
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Rebecca English says
What cute handprints. Hope you had a lovely thanksgiving. Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.