Let’s make a paper plate turkey craft with kids! Kids of all ages are going to love making this paper plate turkey craft for Thanksgiving. All they need are paper plates, paint, and googly eyes. This Thanksgiving craft makes a great preschool turkey craft or can be use for other ages at home or in the classroom.
Easy Turkey Craft Using a Paper Plate
This turkey craft is an inexpensive Thanksgiving project for kids of all ages. You probably have everything you need at home.
Younger kids will need help cutting the feathers and facial features, but all will enjoy painting and assembling these fun turkeys. This is a great craft project to keep the kids occupied on Thanksgiving morning while you are preparing your meals and celebrations.
How to make a paper plate turkey
Using paper plates, paint, and googly eyes we are going to make an adorable Thanksgiving turkey. Set up a crafting table for the kids with all of the supplies they will need. Don’t forget to put down a layer of paper so that paint doesn’t get on the table.
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Supplies needed to make a paper plate turkey
Instructions for making a paper plate turkey
Paint two coats of brown paint on one large plate along with the small plate. Allow each coat to dry before painting the next one. Set the plates aside to dry.
Cut the 2nd large paper plate in half. Set one half aside, we’ll be using that a little bit later. Using scissors, cut feathers into the rounded edge of the other half of the plate. You’ll need to leave an inch or two of space along the straight edge to glue this side down when we reach that step.
Using assorted bright colors, paint the feathers of your turkey. It doesn’t matter if the colors are mixed a little or overlap each other. We used purple, orange, red, yellow, and coral paint. Other colors you can use are green and blue. Set the feathers aside to dry.
Using glue, attach the feathers to the top of the large plate, and then attach the small plate to make the face.
Next, use the remaining section of the large paper plate to cut out a beak and wattle. Don’t forget to paint those too using red and orange paint. Once dry, attach them to the small paper plate with glue. Glue the googly eyes into place too.
Our finished paper plate turkey
I love how this colorful paper plate turkey craft turns out. It makes a really cute Thanksgiving decoration.
Our Experience With This Great Paper Plate Turkey Craft
I have always loved fun turkey crafts, ever since I was a kid. And these cute turkeys are no different. It uses minimal construction paper, but uses paints and googly eyes to make this cute little turkey. And it’s a great way to use up some old craft supplies like paint or paper plates.
And the best part is, you can make these Thanksgiving turkey crafts to keep kids busy before Thanksgiving Dinner. They can’t do it at the Thanksgiving table, but having a designated area for fun Thanksgiving crafts could be so much fun.
I also appreciated the use of scissors as it gives kids a chance to practice fine motor skills, but in a fun way. So that means older kids and younger kids can benefit. Though smaller kids may need a little help on this adorable turkey craft.
The last thing I love is that it requires only simple supplies. You don’t have to have crazy expensive craft supplies for these Thanksgiving activities on Thanksgiving day.
- 2 large paper plates
- 1 small paper plate
- Paint – brown and assorted colors
- Googly eyes
- Paint 1 large and the small paper plate with 2 coats of brown paint, letting each coat dry before applying the next.
- Cut the other large paper plate in half and then cut feather shapes into the rounded side of the plate.
- Paint the feathers in bright colors. You’ll need to paint 2 coats and then set the feathers aside to dry.
- Attach the feathers to the large brown plate using glue, and then attach the small brown plate over the top.
- Using the remaining section of the large plate, cut out a beak and wattle and paint those as well before attaching them to the small paper plate. Glue the googly eyes in place too.
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Have you made a paper plate turkey craft with the kids? What other turkey crafts have you made?