Paper Plate and Leaves Thanksgiving Turkey

Arts and crafts with my kids is usually more arts than crafts. Doing a craft usually involves me doing everything, so I usually just stick to some variation of painting or scribbling with markers and crayons. But with Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I would attempt to make a paper plate turkey with the kids.

Vera loves collecting leaves. If I give her a basket, she happily collects leaves during our walks or trips to the park. For this craft, I made use of some of her leaves from our most recent visit to the park.

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Unfortunately the leaves on the ground at this point are mostly brown. I think the turkey would have turned out even cuter with brightly colored leaves. Oh well.

Timmy painted the paper plate brown and the smaller circle (cut from another paper plate) a lighter shade of brown. I cut the pieces for the eyes from white paper and the beak and feet from some craft foam I had lying around the house. Timmy helped me attach the pieces with a little bit of Elmer’s glue and he taped the leaves to the back of the plate.

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I’m pretty happy with how much of this craft Timmy was interested in making. And in the end, he was pretty proud of himself. When my husband came home from work tonight, Timmy excitedly announced, “look at my turkey, daddy!”

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If only a real Thanksgiving turkey were this simple to make…

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