Pine Cone & Play-Doh Turkey Crafts

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One of my favorite parts of my daughter’s days at daycare are receiving her daily reports & seeing all of the craft projects that she brings home. I love seeing her beautiful crafts, even the ones that she does with someone else.

This week she brought home a lovely fall one.  It was branches bound together & decorated with Play-Doh. Miss Laura said that Mai worked on it for 2 hours.


This weekend there was a sale on Play-Doh at the supermarket, so I stocked up. Mai was so excited when I came home with a box filled with 24 different shades of it. She dove right in & started creating.


She is becoming quite the little artist. Her imagination is developing so quickly. I watched her as she kneaded & forms different shapes & put them together. She explained to me as she molded her creation what she was making.  “Look mama, a frog! He has a blue fly on his tongue.” I have to admit, I was very proud.


She did not stop there. “Look Mama, I made Dukey’s poop.” Oh dear! It does look like Dukey’s poop.


Since we already were in such a crafty mood & had a table full of Play-Doh, I thought we could make something together.

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

This just require pine cones & Play-doh. I used craft pine cones only because they were handy. You can use ones from your yard as well.

Form & mold the turkey’s head to the fat part of the pine cone. Show your child how to do it & let them do it to their own.
(If your pine cone is wobbly, place a chunk of Play-doh underneath to keep sturdy.)



Form long oval shaped pieces to use as the turkey feathers.


Insert towards the back between the pine cone scales.



Again, show your little one how to do it.



Add the beak. Older children may be able to do this step, but the smaller hands might need the help. Mai asked mama to make her turkey face.


Add the eyes next.


Add the turkey’s waddle & you are done.




  1. So very cute and need to get over my pure displeasure of Play- Doh as it was the source of my ‘meltdown’ worthy entry for The Mother of Meltdown’s book, because I know that some really cute crafts such as above can come from it even if some horrific messes can come from it in the end, too!

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