As a former pre-K teacher and mother of four kids, I’ve seen more than my fair share of hand-print turkeys in a variety of mediums: paper, tissue, seeds, paint and popcorn to mention a few. As a matter of fact, I’ve begun to wonder whether the turkey’s resemblance to our five digits is more than mere coincidence. After all, the way the thumb curves to resemble a turkey head, and our fingers make a feathery display is just uncanny!
This year however, I am set on finding new turkey crafts and activities to make with the kids, which opened my mind to the possibilities. The Walnut Turkey is the first in a series of three turkey crafts to follow throughout November so keep comingback to see what I came up with.
I think this turkey will make a fabulous decoration or create several to use as placeholders at your Thanksgiving table.
What you need:
- Walnut (in the shell)
- Two artificial maple leaves (you can get these at a craft store, or make your own by tracing leaves on felt and cutting them out)
- Wood tongue depressor
- Red felt
- Yellow felt
- Wiggle eyes
- Craft glue or Glue gun with an adult helper
What you do:
- Cut out a small triangle (with a curved point) from your yellow felt (this is your turkey’s beak).
- Cut out a small oval from your red felt (this is your turkey’s wattle).
- Glue the red oval to the top of your acorn. Glue the yellow beak on top of the wattle. Glue the two wiggle eyes above the beak.
- Set your acorn aside to dry.
- Glue the two maple leaves to pointed side (bottom) of your walnut. These are the turkey’s tail feathers. Let the glue dry.
- Glue your walnut to the craft spoon or tongue depressor.
- When the walnut is securely glued to the tongue depressor, turn your acorn on its side (so the turkey’s face is facing outwards) and glue the acorn on top of the walnut. Let the glue dry.
- Write your guest’s name on the tongue depressor using a permanent marker. If you have a steady hand you can paint the name with acrylic paint.
Make a turkey for each member of your family, and use them as placeholders at Thanksgiving dinner!