Here’s a fun Thanksgiving turkey craft for kids, and you probably already have most of the materials you need!

Homeschooling has kind of felt like a circus lately.  Janie is 2 1/2, and she is an extremely busy personality.  She loves to cut and glue and draw with markers and get into chapstick and the boys’ piggy banks and unroll toilet paper and flush things (that’s her newest hobby, and I’ll be watching her like a hawk on that one!!!) and if I don’t keep her busy enough she quickly (and quietly) finds her own things to do.  It’s exhausting.  Some days, I just have to explain 5th grade math and she just has to look at books or color in a coloring book (and only in a coloring book, and not my planner or the boys’ textbooks) but today, we were able to fit in a couple hands-on preschool activities, and she was a happy girl!

Paper Roll Turkey Craft for Kids

First we made some play dough turkeys, and then we got out paper towel rolls and made those into turkeys too.

Three years ago (or maybe 4?) I bought this bag of feathers at Michael’s, and we have sure gotten our money’s worth out of them.  For this project, we painted paper towel rolls with brown acrylic paint.  I cut the paper towel rolls into about 4 inch sections.  Then we decorated the turkeys with googly eyes, felt beaks, and feathers.  That’s it!

Cardboard Tube Turkeys

Owen and I used hot glue to assemble the turkeys, but if younger kids want to do the gluing, Tacky Glue would work well.  Elmer’s glue might work also, but Tacky Glue is stronger.

Cardboard Tube Turkeys

The finished turkeys are so cute!

Paper Roll Turkey Craft

Janie and Jonathan think they are fun to play with!  We are thinking of making them into place cards for Thanksgiving dinner by cutting two slits in the top of the card board tube and then inserting an index card with a name on it.

Paper Roll Turkey Craft

Need more Thanksgiving ideas?

Make some play dough turkeys!

Nerf Turkey Targets – this is a fun and silly game!

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