A New Hand Turkey Craft + 15 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

by jessicaturner on November 6, 2013

FreeBirdsHandTurkeyWith Thanksgiving just three weeks away, I have been scouring Pinterest for some fun Thanksgiving and turkey crafts to do with the kids.

It turns out that the folks from the new movie Free Birds (released November 1) were also thinking turkey crafts when they emailed me about this new spin on a handprint turkey.  On Sunday afternoon we had fun with our crayons and construction paper making this adorable turkey.

IMG_0570Free Birds made this super short and cute video tutorial about how to make the turkeys. The video features the hilarious Amy Poehler who voices Jenny in Free Birds.

The kids loved that a craft was starting with “a show” – I think we watched it three times before we got started on tracing our own hands. Here it is:

We used light colored construction paper to keep things very simple for our turkey creations – and because our paper plates had a floral pattern on them. I loved watching the kids color together.



I love crafts that are fun and easy – YEOW!

Bonus – Win an iPad: Yep, if you to make one of these hand turkeys in the next few days, then email a photo of your hand drawn turkey hand, you’ll be entered to win a free iPad! You can actually email your photo to giveaways@makeandtakes.com with FREE BIRDS in the subject line OR Instagram a turkey hand photo using the hashtag #FreeBirdsHandTurkey. You can enter as many times as you’d like with a new photo each time (must be different). You have until this Friday, November 11th to enter. Winner will be announced on Make and Takes on November 12th.

And if that cute craft isn’t enough, here are 15 more Thanksgiving crafts are sure to be a hit! (Be sure to Pin This post because you know you are going to want to get your Thanksgiving crafting on with your kiddos this month.)

15 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

1. Handmade Bread Basket Liner from Make and Takes
2. Thankful Notes from Hellobee
3. Thanksgiving Potholders from Pampered by Tammie
4. Thanksgiving Burlap Runner with Annual Handprints from Spoonful of Imagination
5. Thankful Upcycled Turkey by The Hollie Rogue
6. Thanksgiving Advent Calendar by Honeybear Lane
7. Gumdrop Turkeys from Design. Wash. Rinse.Repeat
8. Footprint Thanksgiving Painted Shirt shared on Squidoo
9. Color Me Thankful Banner by Supermom Moments
10. Fingerprint Leaf Painting by Little Page Turners
11. Fall Leave Turkey Craft from Mommy Gaga
12. Craft Napkin Rings by Sacromento Parent.
13. Thanksgiving Handprint Handtowel by Tiny Stitches
14. Paintchip Turkeys from the Vintage Umbrella
15. Lollipop Turkey Centerpiece by Crafts n’ Coffee

Disclosure: Thanks to Relativity Media for sponsoring the hand turkey crafting information on behalf of Free Birds. All turkey crafting done by my two cuties!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheila November 6, 2013 at 5:56 am

You mean 3 weeks away right? (I just started to sweat when I read that)! Thanksgiving on the 28th…


jessicaturner November 6, 2013 at 6:52 am

YES! Three weeks – whoops. I fixed the post. It will still be here before we know it. Bonus: an extra week to make cute crafts! :)


Kate @ The Shopping Mama November 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

What a fun craft! That movie looks like it will be a fun one for kids! Thanks so much for all the great Thanksgiving craft ideas.


MamaBear November 6, 2013 at 9:32 am

We did the handprint turkey family when Elsa was a baby. I love to pull it out and see how little her hand was a 4 months. We just used the leftover craft paint from art kits the kids have accumulated over the years.


Sadly, my oldest are just about too old to do handprint/footprint crafts now as their feet don’t fit on the paper well. I’m so grateful I did as many of those types of art with them when I had the chance. Christmas, 4th of July…we have a variety that I will always treasure!!!!

Thanks for more fun ideas!!!!


Sharon November 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I just love hand turkeys! It’s my favorite Thanksgiving craft. Thank you for including the Lollipop Turkey from Crafts ‘n Coffee, too.


celeste November 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

such a great roundup of crafts, i’m excited to try these with my littles! (& I’m super flattered you included my Gumdrop Turkey project, thanks for the love!)


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