This easy paper turkey is a fun and cute Thanksgiving construction paper craft for kids!
Easy Paper Turkey
When thinking about our 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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Supplies for a quick construction paper turkey:
- Construction Paper. Red, orange, yellow, brown, and a background color.
- Paper Cutter. If they are old enough they can cut the strips with scissors.
- Glue Stick.
- Googly Eyes. Optional. Eyes can be drawn on or cut out of white and black paper.
How to make a paper turkey
Check out the step by step instructions to create this easy paper turkey. Then you can see it all in action in the video below.
Start by prepping your strips. With each color, you will need 2 of each size strip: 1/4″, 1/2″, and 1″
Having a paper cutter handy for this saves a lot of time… also cutting thin strips isn’t very easy for young kids. 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.
There are 2 ways you can have them glue these together. I show both in the video below.
First, try adding a dab of glue only at the end of the strip. Line up the next layer and repeat with the third.
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.
Related Craft: Your kiddos will be improving their fine motor skills AND creating a fun turkey suncatcher!
When all your strips are prepared, create an arch shape on your paper and lay the layers face down.
Next, glue the ends together creating a teardrop shape. Start on the outside and work your way to the center.
Make sure to hold them down and count to 10 so they stay! Using your brown paper create a turkey body wide enough to cover the base of the tail.
Add googly eyes, a beak, and a snood and you’re done!
Check out the whole process below. (Including both paper strip methods)
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