Handprint Turkey Activity

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Updated on Jul 16, 2014

Make a handprint turkey with your child to celebrate Thanksgiving! Get your child into the Thanksgiving spirit by showing him how to use his hand to stamp the most recognizable icon of the holiday—the turkey. He'll love getting his hands dirty as his sense of touch is awoken by the cold, squishy paint. Watch his astonishment at the ease by which he can create a collection of tiny, identical turkeys. A handprint turkey makes a classic piece of holiday art on its own, or your child can help you decorate some special Thanksgiving coasters, note cards, or place cards with a whole flock of 'em.

What You Need:

  • White construction paper
  • White card stock paper
  • Brown, red, yellow, and any other colors of washable paint
  • Paper plate
  • Paintbrushes
  • Newspaper

What You Do:

  1. Cover your table with newspaper.
  2. Have your child put on an old T-shirt that you don't mind getting dirty.
  3. Squirt each color of paint onto the paper plate.
  4. Time to paint his hands! Paint the four fingers any color (these will be the turkey feathers). Paint the thumb and palm brown (this will be the turkey's head and body).
  5. Now ask your child to “stamp” his hand onto a piece of paper. You will have to touch-up the paint on your child’s hand for each additional paper.
  6. Using a thin paintbrush, help your child draw the legs, beak, and waddle of the turkey. Allow them to dry.

You can easily turn these "handy" turkeys into note cards, coasters, or name place cards. For coasters and place cards, use decorative scissors to cut around the turkey and then glue onto colorful paper for a border. For note cards, help your child write “Happy Thanksgiving” inside.

Tina Cho has been an elementary teacher for 11 years, mainly in the kindergarten classroom. She is currently a freelance writer.

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