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Kid-constructed Hands-and-Feet Turkey

Filed Under: kids, seasonal, Crafts

I'm loving this idea for keeping little hands busy on a cold afternoon: make a Hands-and-Feet Turkey decoration. The finished masterpiece can be used to decorate the house for Thanksgiving. Alternatively, it could be a cute dining table adornment for your Thanksgiving feast. Help your children make these every year and you'll have an adorable record of how their hands and tootsies have grown.

I found my instructions on the website, Kaboose. Let's start with tools.

You will need:
light card stock or construction paper in autumnal shades like leaf brown, rusty red, pumpkin orange, or forest green. Extra points if you start with white paper and have the kids paint the paper themselves! You'll also need scissors, a stapler, glue, and a pencil or marker pen.

Step one: help your children trace their feet onto the paper. Keep shoes on for this step. Then trace their hand prints. Make one set of two hands on three different colors of paper. Then trace one final hand print on a fourth color of paper.

Step two: cut out the prints.

Step three:
assemble your turkey. The feet are pinned together to make the body, while the hand prints fan out around the sides to look like feathers. That final lone hand print should be pinned behind the head, to represent the tail feathers.

Step four:
draw on a face (eyes and a beak) with marker pen or paint. Alternatively, eyes and a beak can be cut out of colored paper and glued on. A nice touch is to use those plastic bobbly eyes found in craft supply stores.

This is what the finished product should look like, or you can just copy the photo shown here. Have a happy Turkey Day!


  • Hugo

    I like that! I like those little pine-cone turkeys too. Granted, if you live in the desert you may not have the resources to make little pine cone turkeys, but I think they're cute too.

    I suppose contstruction paper IS always handy in a house full of kids, though ... and not covered in tree sap. Perhaps this one is the way to go.

    If you don't know what i'm talking about here a link:

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