Thanksgiving Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity

I love that fall leaves come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The ones that are most common in my neighborhood are yellowish brown maple leaves, and these are the ones which Gwen pick most! Fun fact: Some of the fall leaves are even bigger than her face!

These fall leaves strewn all over roads, grass lawns and pavements make such a great resource for art and craft toddler activities. I keep a handful of them at home for craft making! Here's another art activity I did with Gwen a while back with fall leaves that taught the anatomy of trees.

Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I decided to make a simple turkey craft with my little one to decorate our home.

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity

Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity!

Tutorial

You will require the following materials:

  • Fallen maple leaves
  • Bathroom paper roll
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Art supplies like markers or crayons
  • Hot glue gun or tape

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity

Steps:

  • Flatten the bathroom paper roll
  • Draw the defining traits of a turkey's face on the paper roll (Remember to include the turkey's defining feature - the "snoods", otherwise known as the red fleshy thing hanging off turkeys' beaks!)
  • Engage your toddler to help decorate the turkey's face
  • Glue or tape the paper roll onto a maple leaf that's bigger than the paper roll
  • Decorate your home with these diy turkey crafts!

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity

Tips:

  • Pair this craft activity with a book on Thanksgiving to help little ones understand the meaning of the event and symbolism of turkeys
  • Ideal to do this activity as a follow-up to a nature stroll

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity

Benefits of this Turkey Craft Activity

  • Build animal (turkey) recognition
  • Enhance understanding of cultures and events (thanksgiving)
  • Encourage creativity and self-expression with free-style decoration of turkey
  • Send environmental conservation message to little ones with upcycled craft
  • Foster appreciation for nature and nature's bounty
  • Bolster self-confidence when child's artwork is valued and displayed at home

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity

Other Turkey Themed Toddler Activities

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Thanksgiving Turkey Craft with Fall Leaves Toddler Activity

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