Perky Turkey: A November Art and Poetry Activity

By Michelle Sullenberger on November 3, 2011
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2

Are you getting ready for November? In this post, I'm going to share one of my students’ favorite Thanksgiving art projects — one that's just right for busy teachers. Children will “gobble” and giggle as they make and share this student-sized turkey. Read on for the steps for making this turkey with your students.

 

 

 

 

 

Materials for one turkey:                   

 

  • 11" by 17" brown, orange, yellow, red, black, and white construction paper, with an assortment of other colors
  • Glue
  • "The Turkey Is a Funny Bird" a PDF of the poem (author unknown)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steps:

  1. Trace and cut out a small, medium, and large circle for the body, head, and wings on an 11" by 17" sheet of brown construction paper.
  2. Also from the brown construction paper, cut out a rectangle measuring 1" by 4" for the neck.
  3. Cut the small circle in half to make the wings. Glue the wings to the back of the large circle.
  4. Glue the neck onto the back of the large circle. Glue the remaining circle onto the neck to make the turkey’s head.
  5. Cut out two 1" by 11" strips of orange construction paper and use an accordion fold to make the turkey's legs. Glue the legs to the turkey’s body.
  6. Trace the turkey’s feet on yellow construction paper and cut them out. Glue to the ends of the legs.
  7. Cut the eyes out of the black and white paper, and the triangle beak from the orange. Glue these pieces onto the turkey’s head.
  8. Cut out a red waddle and glue beside the beak.
  9. Cut out feathers of assorted colors, and glue them to the back of the turkey.
  10. Glue the poem to the front of the turkey’s body.

 

 

Extension Activities

Enlarge the poem on chart paper or sentence strips and have students practice reciting it this month. Add the poem to your students’ poetry notebooks. Make a festive bulletin board displaying your flock of turkeys.

 

 

 

Be sure to check out any one of these great Scholastic books, which all give the turkey a happy ending

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share your favorite time-saving Thanksgiving project with us.

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