Halloween is almost here, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. In between gathering up our cooking supplies and preparing for another hefty guest list, there’s the decorating in between to do. Of course, time is limited as usual.
This time, let your child get involved with making some of the Thanksgiving decorations. I have a cute little idea for making a turkey that your child could hang up on a wall or a door. This is also a project that they can do on their own.
1 paper plate (dinner plate size)
construction paper in the following colors: brown (2), yellow (2), red (2), orange (2)
1 pair of googly eyes
scissors & tape
red yarn (about two feet in length)
Cover your working space with newspaper.
Take the paper plate and cover all of the front end with brown paper. The best way to do this is to lay the two sheets of brown paper down on the front and cover the plate and shape it (trim off the extra or wrap it underneath). If you secure the paper from behind, it is easier to do so with tape.
Cut out a turkey head from yellow paper. Make it about two inches in length and about an inch and a half wide. Cut the head out in the shape of a peanut. Glue the bottom half to the top front part of the plate. Next, glue the googly eyes to the top of the face. To make the beak, cut a small diamond out of the orange paper, fold it in half, and glue half of a backside of the diamond to the turkey’s face just below the eyes. This will allow the beak to remain open. Cut a turkey’s wattle out of red paper and carefully glue the tip of it to the bottom of the face.
Out of orange paper, cut out two long legs with turkey feet attached. Attach both legs to the bottom of the plate and their edges, letting them dangle.
Cut out about nine feathers from the red, orange, and yellow paper. Fan them out and carefully attached their pointed tips to the top back part of the plate.
Make two small holes on both sides of the plate towards the top. Carefully string the yarn through and knot the ends. Now you can hang the turkey up!
This is a cute little project to try with your children. To make the turkey even more unique, you can attach actual feathers to the plate. You can also add glitter or change the colors up.
Ready for Thanksgiving now?