The Grateful Turkey Thanksgiving Day Craft for Kids

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In our family, we’ve done activities on Thanksgiving Days past involving turkey feathers and writing down the things we were grateful for. But this year, we thought it would be fun to turn the plates on the kid’s table into works of art AND expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving.

All your child will need to make these adorable turkey plates are:

-brown paper (or plastic) plates – you could use dinner-sized plates, but after adding all the extra feathers it would take up a lot of space, so consider using smaller dessert plates instead.

-crayons or markers, construction paper, scissors, and a glue stick. At the beginning of the school year, we got a Back to School Starter Kit, and it had almost everything we needed!

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turkey template


Now that you have all the supplies you need, there’s only one thing left to do before diving into this craft. You’ll need to print this Grateful Turkey Template onto white cardstock. It’s just a matter of cutting out all the shapes and then tracing them onto the appropriate color of construction paper ^(the color(s) are written on each shape.)

Now all your child needs to do is trace, cut, and glue.

trace and cut

glue turkey

This next part is where your child gets to choose what to write on the feathers. He could simply write the things he is grateful for this year, or, using The Box Girls Thanksgiving Box of Questions, have him answer as many questions as he has feathers. A lot of the questions contained in this box allow him to be creative thinking of things such as, how would I design my own float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? or he may even need to research Thanksgiving history and trivia by answering questions such as, When was Thanksgiving made an official holiday in the U.S. and which president decreed it such?  The questions may even be about his own family and their Thanksgiving traditions. Do you have a favorite movie that your family watches together on Thanksgiving night?

If you have a younger child who can’t yet write, encourage him to draw pictures of his answers instead of writing the words.

write on feathers

Once all his feathers are written/drawn out, he can glue them, as well as the turkey’s neck and face, onto the back of his plate (use glue if it’s a paper plate or tape if it’s a plastic plate).

finished turkey plate

When it’s time to eat dinner, set your child’s place at the table with his friendly turkey plate. Since it’s a food-grade paper plate it is totally safe to eat from! Not to mention that it makes a festive-looking place setting!

While your child is feasting on his Thanksgiving dinner, he will be reminded of all the things that Thanksgiving is about – the history and tradition, family and friends, and gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Kate Heap

Katie Heap is the author of Live Craft Eat–a place where she writes about her 3 loves: raising her family, her crafting endeavors, and learning to cook.

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  1. Kate you’ve been featured on our After School Thanksgiving Roundup of Activities for School Aged Kids this week. This activity looks like so much fun for the kids to create and share their thankful ideas. We are so thankful for all the amazing bloggers at Melissa and Doug! Happy Thanksgiving!


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