Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint Craft

Time for turkey! Daycare parents and grandparents love to receive crafts that are made from small handprints. These types of crafts make wonderful keepsakes. This is also a craft that you can do with all the children in your care, even the littlest one.

Whenever we give crafts as gifts I always let the children explore and experiment with the materials first. They mix colours, smear paint around and the end result is very satisfying to them. The process is rewarding because they learned a lot about art and science. However, the end product is generally a big grey-brown blob. Not the type of gift you would give Grandma at Thanksgiving.

First we experiment and have fun, then we make the gift craft by following step-by-step instructions. Getting used to following step-by-step instructions is a great skill to practice for school readiness.

Turkey Craft:

Using fall colours make handprints to resemble the shape of a turkey body with feathers.

One option is to trace the child’s foot on brown paper and glue it upside down as the body of the turkey.

Add eyes, beak, wattle and feet.


Here is the verse to include with your gift;

This isn’t just a turkey, as you can plainly see.

I made it with my hands, which are a part of me.

It comes with lots of love especially to say,

I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving Day!


Have a great holiday everyone!