What’s Thanksgiving without a turkey craft?! This adorable cut and paste turkey is easy to make and a great way to review 2D shapes.
I’ve always been a fan of doing crafts in the classroom. They are great for:
- fine motor development with cutting and pasting
- practice following directions
- and…. just as important…the kids love them!
I had a class a few years back that… let’s just say…kept me on my toes! For all their challenges this group loved doing crafts and it was always the calmest part of our week when they were busy cutting and pasting away. As you can probably guess… we did a lot of crafts that year! Pinterest and I were very well acquainted.
This little turkey was one of my creations from that year! I wanted some super easy crafts that I could easily prep by photocopying the pieces onto coloured paper. There are so many colours of paper available now that can just zip through the photocopier.
For this craft I used:
- red, green, orange & yellow paper for the feathers, wattle & beak
- 2 shades of brown cardstock for the body and head
- plain white paper for the eye & recording sheet
I usually put all the pieces in baskets and have a few students at a time come gather their supplies. So for this craft they would have to get six rectangles, one each of the remaining pieces, a pair of scissors and a glue stick. Good practice for following multiple directions!
To assemble, the small circle is glued on the body for the head. The rectangles are glued behind the body as feathers and the triangles make the beak and feet. The small oval is the wattle and glued under the beak. The small white circle is the eye and a black marker can be used add a pupil.
Add a little math practice to this craft by getting your students to count the shapes they used. The little recording sheet fits perfectly onto the back of the turkey.
I just love how each turkey takes on a personality of its own! Download below for the shape templates to make this craft with your students! Gobble! Gobble!