Fun Thanksgiving Day Craft For Kids (Make a Turkey)

Fun and Frugal For Kids

Each week we bring you a fun craft or activity for the kids. These can be done with little out of pocket money and alot of creativity. This week’s fun and frugal activity is brought to us by Sharon from Mom on Dealz. With her history as a teacher she does a great job on focusing on making these activities fun and educational. You can see previous activities for kids here.

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away! I know making turkeys may seem “old school” but I really like this one because it can serve as a count down to this holiday!

Thankful Turkey Countdown

Paper Towel Roll
Googly eyes
Construction Paper
Pencil, crayons, markers


1. Cut a turkey beak and wattle out of orange paper. Glue about half way up the paper towel roll.
2. Add the googly eyes to create the turkey’s face.
3. Cut feather shapes out of yellow, orange, and red construction paper.
4. Have your child tell you things they are thankful for. I had Will tell me all of his things so we could have a picture of a completed craft, but this craft lends itself to be a countdown to Thanksgiving. You can have your child tell you one thing each day from now to Thanksgiving and then add a thankful feather each day until the holiday arrives. Then you will have a heartfelt and homemade centerpiece for your dinner!

Educational Activities:

  • Math: Using this craft as a countdown helps your child become more aware of number sense and counting forward and backwards. You can also do addition and subtraction problems with the feather cut outs before you glue them on the turkey.
  • Science: Before attaching the feathers, you can have your child sort them by color. You can also ID the body parts of a turkey or discuss the habitats that turkeys live.
  • History/Social Studies: Discuss the history of Thanksgiving with your child. ID the participants at the “first” Thanksgiving dinner and why they were celebrating.

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