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Thanksgiving Foam Turkey Headband

Thanksgiving Foam Turkey Headband
 

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A fun Thanksgiving Turkey Headband that’s easy to make and fun for the kids to wear around!

Cute Thanksgiving Foam Hat on top of a girl's head

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and what better way to get the kids to celebrate than to make this foam turkey headband together?

Even the little ones as young as 2 years old can make put this simple Thanksgiving headband together with some guidance and support.

Learn how to make this Thanksgiving turkey headband step-by-step while educating your kids about what Thanksgiving is all about.

And here’s a bonus: they’re also developing their fine motor and listening skills! Don’t worry if your craft doesn’t turn out 100% perfect. Let your child make it their own!

They’ll be happier. I promise. And… if you’re one of the mom’s who just NEEDS it to look great, make TWO! Trust me, I do it too at times.

Looking for other easy crafts to make this Thanksgiving holiday? Take a look at the Best Thanksgiving Crafts for 2-Year-Olds!

Tips to Make This Foam Turkey Craft with Toddlers

  • Have your child (or you) gather all the supplies right at the beginning
  • Toddler have a small attention span, so cut out everything ahead of time so they don’t lose interest
  • Use a plastic table cloth to avoid messes on the table. We use the same table cloth over and over again for about a year before we need to replace it.
  • Have your kids wear an art smock like this Crayola Creativity Smock I use. It keeps them clean and when they are done, you just wash their hands and they’re set to go!
  • Take control of the glue. As much as I like my child to get experience with glue, if your glue comes out quickly, just help them out by doing that part for them. Better yet, just use glue dots.
  • Cut everything ahead of time. This will keep your child’s attention as they can take part in every piece of the craft instead of waiting for you to cut each piece of foam.
  • This is a three-part craft, which is perfect for toddlers! Have everything prepped and ready to go. Then stop while everything is drying and come back to finish it later in the day.

    It’s a great way to work with short attention spans.
Completed Turkey Headband for kids on top of a girl's head

Tips to Make This Thanksgiving Craft with Older Kids

  • Start by listing out the items needed for the craft and have them find each supply needed.
  • Let the kids do thet tracing and cutting! I like to draw what I’m about to cut ahead of time so I don’t mess up while cutting. I recommend the kids do the same.
  • Let them have free reign on this turkey project – let them make their own mistakes and only step in if they become frustrated or ask for help.

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Foam Turkey Supplies on a table

Supplies You Will Need:

Finished Turkey Headband hat laying on a white background

How to Make This Foam Turkey Headband Craft

  • STEP ONE: Cut the brown foam into a long strip that is 2 inches wide by 8 inches long. It won’t be long enough to fit around your child’s head. This will be where the elastic string comes in at the end.
  • STEP TWO: Cut the red foam into a waddle. You can make it look like a teardrop as shown in the picture or more of a squiggly line, like in this Paper Bag Turkey Craft. Either will look great.
  • STEP THREE: Now, cut the orange foam into a triangle beak and the yellow foam into two legs. Let your kids get creative with each piece they cut.
  • STEP FOUR: Using the paper cup, trace two circles on the brown foal– one using the top of the cup and one using the bottom. This will be used as the turkey’s head and body. Cut each circle out.
Two different sized circles traced onto a brown piece of foam craft paper
  • STEP FIVE: Glue the smaller circle over the big one then glue the circles onto the middle of the foam strip. On the smaller circle, glue the wiggly eyes, beak, and waddle. On the larger circle, glue the feet.

    Allow to dry completely.
Two brown foam circles glued together and glued onto a foam strip
Face and legs glued onto the turkey headband
  • STEP SIX: Flip the headband over and attach the feathers to the back of the turkey so they’re sticking out the top. Let the glue on the feathers dry completely.
Turkey headband flipped over with feathers being put on
  • STEP SEVEN: Poke a small hole into each side of the brown foam strip. You want the hole just large enough to fit the string, so I don’t recommend using a normal hole puncher for this one. A needle or very small hole puncher will work.
Closeup of brown foam strip with a hole in it and an elastic band tied to it
  • STEP EIGHT: Tie the string through the holes on the foam piece. This will make the hat one-size fits all!

    I like to tie one side of the string then measure it out on my daughter’s head to see how much elastic I will need.

    Then I take a few inches off and tie it off to allow for some stretch and cut off the excess.

Now, they can wear this hat around all day long!

Completed Turkey Headband for kids on top of a girl's head

Thanksgiving Foam Turkey Headband

Yield: 1 turkey foam headband
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

A fun and easy Thanksgiving foam turkey headband craft for kids of all ages.

Tools

Instructions

  1. Cut the brown foam into a long strip that is 2 inches wide by 8 inches long.
  2. Cut the red foam into a waddle. You can make it look like a teardrop as shown in the picture or more of a squiggly line.
  3. Cut the orange foam into a triangle beak and the yellow foam into two legs.
  4. Using the paper cup, trace two circles on the brown foal– one using the top of the cup and one using the bottom. Cut each circle out.
  5. Glue the smaller circle over the big one then glue the circles onto the
    middle of the foam strip. On the smaller circle, glue the wiggly eyes,
    beak, and waddle. On the larger circle, glue the feet.Allow to dry completely.
  6. Flip the headband over and attach the feathers to the back of the turkey
    so they’re sticking out the top. Let the glue on the feathers dry
    completely.
  7. Poke a small hole into each side of the brown foam strip. You want the hole just large enough to fit the string.
  8. Tie the string through the holes on the foam piece. This will make the hat one-size fits all!

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Erin Evans

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Great kids craft! Thanks for the simple and easy to follow instructions. Happy Thanksgiving!