This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!

Easy Paper Turkey

When thinking about our Thanksgiving turkey crafts this year I wanted to make sure to include something that could be done with younger kiddos.

This construction paper turkey is just that. Not too many steps, not too many supplies, and it doesn’t take too much time.

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No time to make this quick construction paper turkey now? Pin it for later!

If you can’t make this turkey craft now, pin it to your kids’ crafts ideas board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready.Quick construction paper turkey craft for preschoolers

Tips for making a turkey out of paper

  • Having a paper cutter handy for this craft saves a lot of time. 
  • Cutting thin strips isn’t very easy for young kids. We recommend cutting them ahead of the craft.
  • Let the kids mix and match the strips tinto sets of 3 alternating colors.
  • Remind your kids to count to 10 while gluing. That gives the glue a chance to set before they let go.

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How to make a paper turkey

Below is our step by step tutorial for how to make a paper turkey. Feel free to print it for easy reference.

Yield: 1 Turkey

Easy paper turkey craft

Easy paper turkey craft

Create this easy paper turkey with your kids. It's a great craft for a Thanksgiving Day party.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Instructions

  1. Start by prepping your strips. With each color, you will need 2 of each size strip: 1/4″, 1/2″, and 1″This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!
  2. Let them mix and match the strips into sets of 3 alternating the colors. We only used 5 sets of strips, but they can glue them all together in case one doesn’t come out right. This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!
  3. There are 2 ways you can have your child glue these together. I show both in the video.

    First, try adding a dab of glue only at the end of the strip. Line up the next layer and repeat with the third.This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!
    Once, those dry they can lift up the layer and add glue to the rest of the strip. Having the secured edge helps them lay them down straight without too much difficulty. 

    In the second technique, they can just swipe their glue stick in a straight line, grab their next color, and place down. Which method you choose will depend on your child.
  4. When all your strips are prepared, create an arch shape on your paper and lay the layers face down.This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!
  5. Next, glue the ends together creating a teardrop shape. Start on the outside and work your way to the center.This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!
  6. Using your brown paper create a turkey body wide enough to cover the base of the tail.This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!
  7. Add googly eyes, a beak, and a snood.This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!
  8. Glue the turkey body to the bottom of the loops.This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!

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When to make an easy turkey craft

Sometimes you see a craft and think, oh that’s cute! But then you don’t know when you will make it. Here are some ideas for this fun art project!

  • These make a fun classroom craft! 
  • Use them to create festive place setting cards.
  • Let your kids create them while they are waiting for dinner.
  • Attach several onto a string and make a turkey garland.

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