Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Looking for a fun Thanksgiving craft that doubles as a keepsake? You're going to love this hand turkey craft for toddlers and preschoolers. All you need is some paint, cardstock, and markers. Toddlers and preschoolers will love making a turkey handprint craft for Thanksgiving. Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your very own handprint turkey.

Hand turkey craft

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handprint turkey craft for toddlers and preschoolers

A turkey hand print craft is such a fun activity to do with toddlers and preschoolers during the Thanksgiving season. It makes a great craft for a Thanksgiving-themed playdate, or paired with a cute story. Whatever the occasion, we know your toddler or preschooler will love getting to paint their own turkey hand!

You can also use this craft as a chance to work on identifying colours or providing toddlers with a sensory project. They can even make lots of handprint turkeys to give to loved ones if they're feeling up for it! 

Scroll down to get started making your own hand turkey with our easy directions.

turkey handprint

Hand Turkey Craft

Handprint Turkey Craft Supplies

  • Paint - brown and other desired colours
  • Paintbrush
  • Markers
  • Cardstock paper

How to Make a Hand Print Turkey

hand turkey craft for kids

STEP ONE: Gather your supplies

Before you get started making your hand turkey, make sure you get all your supplies ready and to hand. You can use any colour of paint you'd like for the tail feathers. We chose to use yellow, orange, green, and purple.

STEP TWO: Paint your child's hand

Start painting your child's hand by applying brown paint to their palm and thumb. The thumb will the head of the turkey. Paint the remaining fingers in each of your desired colours - these will be the turkey's tail feathers. Make sure to apply a thick layer of paint so you are left with full coverage on the paper.

STEP THREE: Apply turkey handprint to paper

Once you've applied the paint to your child's hand, press their hand down firmly on the paper. Apply pressure to each finger and then carefully pull your child's hand straight up. You want to be very careful here as it is easy to smudge the paint.

STEP FOUR: Add final details to your hand turkey

After applying the paint, allow it time to dry (about 10-20 minutes). Then, use a marker to apply the beak, eye, waddle, and feet details onto your turkey. You can do this for your child, or they may enjoy adding the details themselves. 

As an alternative to using markers, you could use a googly eye and cut out pieces of colored paper to create the details on your turkey handprint.

turkey handprint craft

handprint turkey craft for kids

You're turkey hand is complete! We hope you have lots of fun painting your handprint turkey craft. This is such a cute Thanksgiving craft for kids and it makes a great keepsake. Toddlers and preschoolers will have so much fun making their own turkey handprint.

Hand turkey craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

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