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Finger Paint Turkey Craft

Our finger paint turkey craft is a twist on the typical handprint turkey craft that is usually done around Thanksgiving. We were looking for a craft that our three year old daughter could do pretty much independently, and the use of handprints is a wonderful added bonus! Our daughter loved getting her hands painted and making prints and loved experimenting with mixing the colors together exclaiming at one point that red and yellow really do make orange! This is a great Thanksgiving craft for the younger set that makes a wonderful homemade decoration to share with family and friends.

What you'll need:

  • Finger paint turkey template
  • Finger paint (brown, red, yellow, orange)
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper (red, orange)
  • Googly eyes
How to make your finger paint turkey craft
  • Print our template and cut out the pieces. Trace the turkey body shape onto a piece of white paper.
  • Let your child paint the turkey body brown. It is much easier for kids to paint this before you cut the shape out. Set the body aside to dry.
  • Get out a second sheet of white paper. Use a paint brush to paint yellow paint onto your child’s hand and make a couple of handprints on the paper. We found that brushing the paint onto their hand produced a much better handprint than having them just dip their hand in. Plus, it tickles and is a great sensory element to the craft!
  • Repeat this with red and orange as many times as you like. Encourage your child to overlap their prints for a nice looking turkey.
  • Set the handprint page aside to dry.
  • Cut out the brown turkey body. Cut out a few triangles from orange construction paper to use as feet and a beak, and cut a red peanut shape out for a gobbler.
  • Glue the body onto the handprint feathers.
  • Glue on the eyes, feet, beak and gobbler.


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