This week is a short week at school, only 3 days, yippee, so we will be making an easy and fast Thanksgiving craft for the kids to take home and enjoy along with their families. This turkey craft is a cute little turkey that wants to be a part of the festivities, little does he know! Since this Roley Poley Turkey looks 3-D, yet lays flat it can be laminated, if you have time, to make a nice place mat. Along with this cute turkey Napkin holder a child has a cute place setting at the Thanksgiving table. Oh, the Thanksgiving Joy.
Rolly Poley Turkey
Appropriate for young children that can safely use scissors.
What you’ll need:
Brown, orange, black and yellow construction paper
Child safe scissors , here are of my helpful tips to teach kids how to use them.
Glue or paste.
Step 1: draw three circle shapes with a dark black marker so the child can cut them out. One big one on brown construction paper, about 6 inches in diameter, one smaller on orange, and one even smaller on yellow.
Step 2: Draw and cut out a tear drop shape, about the size of two of your thumbs for his head on the brown construction paper and an oblong skinny shape, about the size of your little finger, for his waddle, out of red construction paper. You’ll need two turkey feet cut out of the black construction paper.
Step 3: This step is very important to acquire the feathery look this turkey needs. Each circle shape will need 1 inch slits cut all the way around the edges. This frayed look will resemble feathers.
Step 4: Attach the black feet to the bottom of the big brown circle, from the back and turn him over.
Step 5: Glue the orange circle on top of the brown circle, in the middle, and then glue the yellow one on top of the orange one, also in the middle. Glue his brown head to the middle of the yellow one and then glue the red waddle just below his head. Draw or attach black wiggly eyes.
(Trivia: the red flap that hangs over the top of his beak is called the snood and the red part that hangs down under his beak is the waddle.)
Sources: Animal Facts http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/turkey.htm
Craft idea: Mostly gleaned over many years from seasoned teachers, such as myself, who gladly share.