Colourful Paper Turkey Craft (plus turkey template!)

This colourful paper turkey craft is such an easy turkey themed craft for kids, especially if you use our turkey template! This will easily become one of your favorite Thanksgiving crafts for kids. Children can even write what they are thankful for on each of the turkeys's feathers! Just follow the step by step directions below to make your own paper turkey craft!

Colourful Paper Turkey Craft (plus turkey template!) An easy Thanksgiving craft for kids,  preschoolers upwards.

If you're looking for more fun Thanksgiving activities for kids why not try making shape turkeys or paper plate turkeys!

You could even make some turkey snacks too like this pretzel turkey snack or these turkey donuts!

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Colourful Paper Turkey Craft and turkey template

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This paper turkey craft is PERFECT for using in the classroom, on playdates or even for keeping little ones occupied during Thanksgiving dinners with family. They will LOVE playing with their paper turkeys and I love the idea of writing what they are thankful for on each of the feathers! Just scroll down below for full instructions to make your very own turkey craft with the free turkey template.


paper turkey craft for kids

Colourful Paper Turkey Craft (plus turkey template!)

Supplies needed for your paper turkey craft:

  • Coloured craft papers
  • Cardstock paper
  • Pencil
  • Black sharpie
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

Directions to make your paper turkey craft:

STEP 1: Gather up your supplies

Before you get started with your paper turkey craft, be sure to gather up all the supplies! If you are doing this turkey craft with younger preschoolers and toddlers you may want to precut some of the shapes for them. 

You will need the turkey template which you can download at the bottom of the page. 

How to make paper turkey craft with turkey template

STEP 2: Prepare the template

Once you have your turkey template downloaded and printed out, it's time to cut out all the shapes! Toddler and preschoolers will love helping to pick out the colours they want.

Just trace the shapes with a pencil onto the desired coloured papers and then use scissors to cut them out!

turkey craft using turkey template

STEP 3: Create the turkey body

The piece that looks like a small circle on top of a larger circle will become your turkeys body. Glue all of your turkeys features onto his body as shown in the picture below. 

Then, use a black sharpie to draw eyes on the two round shapes to create eyes. Your turkey body is now complete!

How to make a turkey craft for kids

STEP 4: Arrange and glue the feathers

Now it's time for the turkey feathers! The colourful leaf shaped pieces will become your turkeys feathers. Make a crease along the middle of each feather lengthwise to give a 3D appearance. 

Arrange the larger feathers in an arched shape by glueing them along the edge of the semi circle.  Then arrange the smaller feathers on top of the large ones to create a second layer of feathers as shown in the picture below. 

paper turkey craft instructions

Prepare a few pieces of cardstock and glue them all together. Then place them at the end of the feather arrangement and glue it into place as shown below. This will help to create a 3D look and make it look like the turkey's body is infront of the feathers.

Colourful turkey feather craft for kids

STEP 5: Attach the body and feathers

We're almost done! Apply some glue on the cardstock and attach the turkey's body. 

Optionally, you can cut out some square shapes to create turkey legs and glue them to the bottom of the turkey body.

Now just wait for it to dry! Once dry why not add a craft stick to turn your turkey craft into a puppet? Or if you are making this turkey craft for Thanksgiving it would be fun to write what you are thankful for on the turkey's feathers. 

Thanksgiving crafts for kids - paper turkey craft

For an added bonus, you could add a fun turkey themed book to go with your paper turkey craft. One of our favorites is There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!

As you make this turkey craft you have a great opportunity to introduce and discuss Thanksgiving traditions with your children. 

Thanksgiving crafts for preschool - paper turkey craft with turkey template


To download this turkey template for free add $0 and click on the 'I want this' box below. It may take a moment for the page to load so please be patient.

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Colourful Paper Turkey Craft (plus turkey template!) An easy Thanksgiving craft for kids,  preschoolers upwards.

Kids will LOVE this fun paper turkey craft! It's one of our favorite Thanksgiving crafts for kids at this time of year. With the turkey template, it makes a fun and easy turkey craft to do with your toddlers and preschoolers. 

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