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Thanksgiving is a great time to get the kids involved. What’s better than celebrating the November holiday with the icon it’s known for? A turkey.
This Paper Bag Turkey Craft for Toddlers is geared for 2-year-old children and up. It’s a simple autumn craft at the perfect age for preschoolers learning arts and crafts.
My daughter is 3 and a half and we made this turkey last year and plan to make it again this year.
Kids love repetition and honestly, I love seeing the difference between what she crafted last year compared to this year!
It’s a super simple craft that only uses construction paper, glue, scissors, googly eyes, and a paper bag.
How to Make the Paper Bag Turkey Craft
Start by cutting out feathers from the construction paper. They do not need to be identical, but I find cutting 2 or 3 at a time helps save an extra minute.
Then, cut out an orange triangle for the nose and a little squiggly shape for the gobbler or “wattle.” I used a pencil to help draw the gobbler.
Just draw it a little bigger than you need and cut the pencil lines off. You can just use the other side, but when doing crafts with toddlers, any side could end upward on the turkey.
Leah loved putting the different colors on the turkey. You can mix up the colors or choose to make it your child’s favorite color to personalize the craft.
Feel free to use this Paper Bag Turkey Craft in preschool classrooms as a project to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s insanely easy and cheap to prep multiple crafts at the same time.
You can even use this as an animal puppet afterward!
While toddlers may be too young to write, it’s never too early to talk about giving thanks. After you put together this cute turkey craft, talk about what things you are grateful for and why.
- If your child is old enough to understand what being grateful is, have them tell you what they’re grateful for and write them on the feathers.
- If your child is old enough to write, have them write down what they are grateful for.
Looking for more Thanksgiving crafts? Here are some easy Thanksgiving crafts to make with toddlers.
- 1 paper bag
- 7 different colors of construction paper
- 2 googly eyes
- Cut out 7 different feathers, one from each piece of construction paper.
- Cut out a small orange triangle for the nose
- Cut out a red "squiggle" for the gobbler.
- Glue the feathers onto the back of the paper bag with the bottom side on the top (so the crease is toward the top). Span them out so they look like turkey feathers.
- Turn the paper bag over and glue two eyes onto the turkey.
- Glue the gobbler to the turkey, but do not put any glue past the bottom crease of the bag.
- Place and glue the nose slightly touching one side of the gobbler, again making sure not to use any glue underneath the crease.