Turkey Fine Motor Activity and Craft

Are you ready? I’ve been holding off on sharing Thanksgiving activities until Halloween was over, but I’m ready to get started. After all, I see many people are already searching for Christmas activities. I’m not quite ready for that yet, but Thanksgiving I can do! Many of the activities I’ll be sharing this week will remain out throughout the month as play invitations for the kids to choose during independent playtime.

If you know the history of Tinker’s nickname, you know that we call her Tinker because she has always loved playing with small objects and learning how things work. This simple fine motor turkey activity was put together just for her, but I bet you know a little one who’d like it, too.

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Toddler Fine Motor Turkey Activity

Materials for Turkey Craft

  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Long feathers
  • Rubber Band
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue, whichever you prefer
  • Piece of brown felt cut into a square large enough to be folded over the end of the toilet paper roll
  • Small scrap of orange craft foam or felt cut into a triangle
  • Hole punch

Assembling the Turkey Body

Older children may want to make the turkey with you. Since this was for Tinker I assembled the turkey body myself. It took about 3 minutes. First I cut about an inch off of the toilet paper roll. I secured a piece of brown felt over the front end of the turkey using the rubber band. Then I hot glued the googly eyes and craft foam to the smaller tube. Next I attached the head of the turkey near the end with the brown felt. The brown felt made the turkey body secure enough to stand on its own. Otherwise I was going to attached two legs with chenille stems, but this wasn’t necessary. Finally I used the hole punch to make three rows of  holes on the opposite end of the turkey body. I only went two thirds of the way around the body, leaving the bottom of the roll without any holes.

Turkey Fine Motor Activity

Feather fine motor activity

As soon as Tinker saw the feathers she was eager to play with them, and she new exactly what to do with all those little holds in the turkey’s body.

Thanksgiving craft and activity for kids

Placing the ends of the feathers into those small holes is excellent fine motor practice.

Note that we did not add any covering the the back of the turkey. This was helpful in the event that one of the turkey feathers got stuck in a hole when Tinker was pulling them out to start over, which she did again and again that first afternoon. We were able to reach in the back and push it out, so she could keep recreating her little turkey.

Turkey craft for Thanksgiving

And when your little one is finished, the turkey makes a beautiful little craft, too! We didn’t secure the loose ends because this activity will sit out with our Thanksgiving invitations to play throughout the month. However, you could add a little air dry clay to the inside of the turkey if you wanted to secure the feathers.

Turkey Craft and Fine Motor Activity for Kids

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  1. This is a great turkey craft for preschoolers! I’ll be sharing this on The Crafty Crow soon!

  2. He looks so cute and colourful!

    I have featured this lovely activity on The Sunday Showcase: 20 turkey activities for kids. http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/11/17/turkey-activities-for-kids.html

  3. This is such a cute idea! I love a good fine motor activity with an adorable finished product! Thanks!

  4. This is such a CUTE Turkey craftivity =) I pinned it and added it to my Turkey Round up here (http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/10/35-turkey-crafts-kids-activities-for.html)

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I always LOVE seeing what you have come up with!
    Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =)

  5. Oh that is really clever with the tail and great for my son’s fine motor skills. We have turkey at Christmas so I’m pinning on my TRH Christmas board 🙂

  6. Good golly I am crazy for this craft! It’s adorable and the feathers are such a fun material. Bonus points for using a hole punch too! So cute, going to have to do this for my 3 year old. Pinning to share too!

  7. I love what you have done, and I think my daughter would love to make one of these:) Great colors! Pinned:)
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

  8. This is so cute and what a great fine motor component!!!!

  9. This is a super cute activity. I can’t wait to use it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Oh I know someone who would looove this! Great idea!

  11. I love this idea Shaunna! So cute! I am starting to focus on activities that are great for many different ages, This one is great, as bigger kids can create most of the turkey themselves, and wee ones can practice fine motor skills, colours, and patterning with feathers.

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