Thanksgiving is a great time to really focus on teaching gratitude and how to live with a thankful heart all year round. We love these easy paper plate turkeys to help get those creative juices flowing during these cold snaps, and they are the perfect way to focus on gratitude!
The possibilities are really endless, but some of our favorite things to put on the feathers that are helpful for kids to think about include:
- Their name – Add one letter per feather, include a middle name and/or last name if you need to fill up more letters!
- What they’re thankful for – Help your child brainstorm what they are thankful for and help them write one thing out on each feather. We end our day with prayer so our little one is used to thanking God for a variety of things each night. When trying to brainstorm for these feathers, it helped her to be prompted with something like, “Remember when we say ‘Dear God, thank you for… what sorts of things are you thankful for? Let’s write them down here.”
- Family Members – These turkeys can be a great way to help kids think about their family unit. Each feather can have the name and/or role of each member of your immediate or extended family.
- Favorites – You could come up with categories and ask your child to name their favorite of each…for example, favorite animal, favorite food, favorite book, favorite song, etc. Then you can talk about how to be thankful for all of those things and praise God for His creation!
Another reason we love the paper plate turkeys, is because they are truly so easy and you likely have the majority, if not all, of the materials needed.
- White or brown paper plate
- If using a white paper plate, you’ll also want brown paint and a paintbrush.
- Yellow construction paper or foam paper (a small piece is fine, this is just for the beak)
- Construction Paper in various colors
- Paints and/or markers
- Craft Wiggle Eyes
- If using white paper plates, paint brown and let dry.
- Use scissors to cut feathers out of colored construction paper.
- Use scissors to cut small triangles out of the yellow construction paper/foam paper for the beak.
- Using markers or paints, write on and decorate the feathers, leaving room at the bottom third of each feather to glue onto the back of the plate.
- Fan out the feathers and add glue to the bottom third of each. Press the plate on top of the feathers.
- Glue on the eyes and beak.
There you have it! Easy as that! You can make a whole family of turkeys and display them proudly all November as a reminder for all the things you’re family is thankful for.
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