Get the kids excited about writing with this Thanksgiving Turkey Craftivity! Children can practice their cutting and pasting skills by building the paper character first, and then write about what they are thankful for. Once completed, this Thanksgiving craft would look awesome displayed on the wall or bulletin board.
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Thanksgiving Turkey Craftivity
This turkey printable craftivity is just one in a series of Thanksgiving characters available for you to download – find links to them at the end of this post.
This Thanksgiving Turkey has been hand-drawn by a very talented friend of mine, and I’ve not only got this series of Thanksgiving craftivities for you but also a set of fun Thanksgiving coloring sheets featuring the same characters!
There are two parts to this project – building the turkey out of paper and then filling in the writing prompt section. Depending on your child’s age(s) you may have to help them with some aspects of the project.
- As with [most of] my free printables, they are available in two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – download the size most suitable for your printer.
- You will find the download links further down this page surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
Materials & Tools Needed
- Construction Paper or cardstock in the following colors: Brown, Dark Brown, White, Yellow, Red, and Green, plus a backing paper color of your choice, we used blue.
- Glue Stick or Roller Glue Tape
- Colored Pencils, Crayons, or Colored Markers
- Writing Pen or Writing Pencil
How To Build the Thanksgiving Turkey
The turkey has the following components and the printable gives you a guide as to what colors to use. However, you can use any colors that you like!
- Body, eyes, beak, wattle, wing feathers, tail feathers.
- Writing Prompt Sheet – I am thankful for…
There are a few different ways you can build and use this free Thanksgiving activity, which means you can get multiple uses from the same printable!
- Print the character template onto colored paper (or thin card that goes through your printer) and cut out the pieces to use in the craftivity.
- Print the character template onto white paper (or thin card that goes through your printer), cut, and color the pieces with markers, pens, or crayons before assembly.
- Print the character template onto white paper (or thin card that goes through your printer), cut and trace around onto colored construction paper then use those pieces to assemble the turkey. You may have to draw on some additional features with a black marker, such as the pupils of the eyes.
However you decide to print and cut out the pieces, the assembly remains the same – use the photos in this post as a guide to sticking everything together. You can use a glue stick or glue roller. These are my favorite glue rollers and they’re so much easier and less messy than a glue stick!
After assembling the Thanksgiving Turkey, glue it to the backing paper and cut around the outline leaving a half-inch border around the edges.
Some of the pieces for this paper craft take up a whole page, others do not. Where possible I’ve made small items fill up a page – as well as having a page with individual items (it will become more apparent when you download the file!). I have done this so that you can save on paper if you only want to make one of this character, or if you want to make several – for example in a group or classroom.
Thanksgiving Creative Writing Ideas
Now that you’ve assembled your paper turkey template it’s time to write about what you are thankful for!
Print the writing sheet and follow the writing prompt at the top: I am thankful for…
When the writing activity has been completed, color in the border.
If your child gets stuck on what to write, here are some prompts to get the ideas flowing. You can always print extra writing pages if they want to write more.
- Are there any family members they are thankful for?
- What about their friends?
- Or maybe their pets?
- Things that they can do – like sports, playing an instrument, dancing, etc.
- Places that they’ve visited – vacations or days out.
- The food they’ve just eaten, or about to eat.
Assembling the Thanksgiving Turkey Craftivity
Stick the writing page onto a piece of backing paper (the same color as the character), and cut a half-inch border around the left, right, and bottom sides, and a couple of inches at the top so that the character can be glued in place.
Grab the paper turkey you made earlier and stick it to the top of the writing sheet. Display where you like!
Additional Activity Idea!
Why not cut the pieces from craft foam and build a 3D relief of the Thanksgiving character?
You will have to draw on the details such as pupils in the eyes or other template designs using a black marker pen.
It might be a good problem-solving activity for older children as they figure out how to build it from the template provided.
However you decide to use this Thanksgiving kids’ activity, the important thing is to have some fun, and get creative – not only with the craft portion of the project but with the writing prompt too!
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More Thanksgiving Craftivities to Download
I mentioned how there are several Thanksgiving characters in this series. As they are uploaded to my blog the links will appear below. Make sure you download them all so that you have the full set!
- Native American Boy
- Native American Girl
- Thanksgiving Pilgrim Boy
- Thanksgiving Pilgrim Girl
- Thanksgiving Turkey
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