Let me start out by saying that my three year old and I created this entire craft flying by the seats of our pants. I had no plans to make a turkey last Saturday afternoon, but my tot insisted that we use the fall leaves she collected to "make something fun" for her Thanksgiving Door. (See my Seasonal Door Decorating post for more on this topic). There's really a lot of flexibility/versatility with this craft, which is great because you can really make it your own, spending as much or a little time on the details as you want!
Here's how we created our Fall Leaf Turkey:
I had seen a few child-friendly craft ideas on Pinterest using fall leaves to create animals, so I immediately thought that leaves could make for some nice looking turkey plumage. I found a large piece of white poster board and cut a rounded shape on which to glue the leaves for the feathers. See below for a photo of the back of the craft so you can get an ideas of the shape of the poster board.
We used school glue to adhere the leaves, and then I placed the poster board under some old books to press the leaves. We left the feathers/leaves under the books for 24 hours, and then allowed them to air dry for another 8 hours. The leaves curled up nicely on the edges, giving our turkey tail some dimension.
To make the turkey's body, beak, belly, and legs, I cut shapes from construction and scrapbook paper, and my daughter glued them together. We also added a pair of googly eyes, but feel free to use a marker or construction paper- whatever floats your boat! For those of you looking for a simple alternative to designing your turkey on paper, here are two printable turkeys that you can cut, trace, color, or what-have-you:
1) Mr. and Mrs. Turkey Potato Head (Kiki Creates)- This is an adorable activity in and of itself! Check it out, even if you're making your own turkey pieces!
2) Turkey Coloring Page (Froogskid.net)
My tot is thrilled with her Fall Leaf Turkey, and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. It just goes to show that sometimes it's better not to plan and simply go with the flow!
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