We made these Thumbprint Turkey Prayer Cards to read on Thanksgiving. I plan to laminate them so we can bring them out every year and eventually my son will be able to read them himself.
How to make the Thumbprint Turkey Prayer Cards
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I made the turkeys using my son’s thumbprints, but older children could make them using fingerprints instead.
Front View Turkey Art:
Make about seven thumbprints or fingerprints in an arch (brown in image above). Next make a row with two less prints in a different color (green in image above). Make a third row inside the arch using a third color and less prints than the row previously (orange in image above).
Make a vertical thumbprint in the center overlapping the last row you made. Set aside to dry.
Draw or paint on the feet, eyes, beak, and wattle.
Sideview Turkey Art:
Make thumbprints in a vertical row like the orange shown in the image below. Make 1-2 less thumbprints in a second color like the yellow prints in the image. Add 1-2 less fingerprints in a third color next, like the red in the example image.
Make the turkey’s body by making two stacked brown thumbprints with a third thumbprint on the top side (to create the head). Let dry.
Add on the eye, wattle, beak, and feet.
Creating the Prayer Cards:
Print a couple of poems that are short enough for younger kids to read. Cut the poems out.
Cut around the turkey prints. Place these and the poems on a Fall colored small rectangle piece of cardstock with glue. We chose to add another darker brown cardstock rectangle behind this.
Optional: Laminate to keep and use in future Thanksgivings.
These thumbprint turkey prayers cards are a great way to incorporate a lesson in gratitude and being appreciative of things. Instead of printing a poem, have kids write their own prayer of thanks to read at the Thanksgiving dinner table or at bedtime.