Fall crafts aren't complete without at least one precious turkey craft for kids! Those feathered friends are a staple of fall and Thanksgiving celebrations. Make a bunch to decorate your holiday table or to just add a dash of cuteness around your home!
This project is also a great educational tool to teach kids the anatomy of a turkey. Did you know the fleshy part above the turkey's bill that dangles down is called a snood? It's essentially the turkey's neck wattle, and it can change its length depending on the mood of the turkey. That dangling snood is one reason turkeys are so much fun to watch.
The key to this project is the Popsicle sticks. After assembling this adorable little guy, check out other Popsicle stick crafts to do with your kids!
Equipment / Tools
- Markers (red, orange, yellow, and brown)
- School glue
- Hot glue gun
- 6 to 8 Popsicle or craft sticks (for one bird)
- 1 pair Googly eyes
- Construction paper (brown, red, and orange)
Color the Popsicle Sticks
Using fall-colored markers, let your kids color six or seven craft or Popsicle sticks. These will be your turkey feathers. (Save one stick for your display stand.)
Glue the Popsicle Sticks Together
Use a glue gun to glue the Popsicle sticks together in a fan shape.
Almost Any Glue Will Do
If you don't have a hot glue gun, you can also use just about any type of tacky glue to make the feathers. Just make sure you put something heavy on the end where they are glued until glue has dried.
Cut Out the Turkey
Once you have finished gluing together your turkey feathers it's time to cut out the other parts of your turkey craft.
- You will need a small red piece of construction paper for your turkey's snood.
- You will need an orange piece of paper to cut out the beak and legs.
- You also need brown construction paper to cut two circles, one slightly smaller than the other, which will be your turkey's body.
Glue the Turkey Together
- Next get out your school glue and glue together your turkey's body.
- Then glue on the googly eyes, beak, snood, and legs.
More Fun With Glue
If you have little kids we recommend using glue sticks but older kids can easily dab a bit of glue on to the turkey's body parts.
Turn Your Turkey Into a Centerpiece
Want your turkey to be a cute centerpiece for your table? We added another Popsicle stick to the bottom of our turkey craft to turn it into a centerpiece. Simply attach one end of a long craft or Popsicle stick underneath the bottom of the turkey's feathers with hot glue. This enables your turkey to stand upright!
The Finished Product
Gobble, gobble! This Popsicle stick turkey is so charming and it's a perfect handmade centerpiece for your fall or Thanksgiving table. Make a turkey for everyone at your table to take home as a gift.