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Handprint Turkey Display

This colorful turkey craft uses children's own handprints as feathers.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

The turkey's feathers are made from tracings of the child's hand, creating a unique, personalized Thanksgiving craft.

 

What You Need:

  • Toilet paper rolls, one per student
  • Paintbrushes
  • Brown and red paint
  • Pencils
  • Red, yellow, and orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes, two per student

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What You Do:

  1. Have students each paint a toilet paper roll with brown paint and set it aside to dry.
  2. While the rolls are drying, have students trace one of their hands on each color of construction paper so they have three different-colored hand tracings.
  3. Ask children to cut out their hand tracings.
  4. When the toilet paper roll is dry, have students glue two googly eyes on each tube, towards the top.
  5. Students cut two diagonal slits, directly under the googly eyes, that meet in the middle to create an upside-down triangle beak.
  6. To create the turkey’s beard, have students add a long dab of red paint to the toilet paper roll underneath the beak.
  7. Then students each glue the three handprints to the back of the paper roll to serve as feathers, staggering them so all three colors are visible.

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  • Subjects:
    Arts and Crafts, Thanksgiving
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