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Paint Scraped Turkey Craft

Gobble gobble gobble! Thanksgiving is a month away. If you are looking for a simple and fun Thanksgiving craft that you can do with the kids, here you go. This paint scraped turkey craft is as easy as it comes and only takes about 10 minutes to make.

Paint scraped turkey craft - fun and easy kid's arts and craft idea for Thanksgiving.

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Scrap Paper Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving

Here is a little secret about me. I used to be a scrapbooker, a big one. I have books and books filled with lovely memories set on pretty paper with stickers and stories surrounding them.

This is a great cutting skills activity and craft. Scrap Paper Turkey Craft for kids. Thanksgiving arts & crafts for preschoolers. Use pieces of scrapbook paper to form this pretty turkey.

After having my daughter, I found less and less time to scrapbook, but still have a lot of supplies. I love scrapbook paper. It is pretty. It is thick and it is wonderful to craft with.

Cleaning out our craft room this weekend, I stumbled across a ton of paper stowed away in the closet. We wanted to take advantage of our find and use it to make a cute Thanksgiving craft. I  had a ton of scraps to use, so I selected whatever random pieces that I had to work with.

 

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My daughter and I both cut strips of the paper to form our turkey’s feathers.

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My daughter told me that I was making a mama turkey and she was making a baby turkey. She cut her scraps into tiny strips.

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For the body, I cut out a bowling pin looking shape and my daughter cut out two circles, one larger than the other.

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We glued our scrap pieces flared out around our body with the printed side of the scraps facing down. When we were satisfied with the amount of scrap feathers on our turkeys, we flipped them over and added googly eyes and an orange triangle for a beak.

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My daughter insisted that the mama and baby turkey had to be glued together. It made perfect sense to me. How cute is my sweet little baby? This is a great craft for Thanksgiving and a wonderful way to practice cutting skills.

This is a great cutting skills activity and craft. Scrap Paper Turkey Craft for kids. Thanksgiving arts & crafts for preschoolers. Use pieces of scrapbook paper to form this pretty turkey.

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Craft Stick Stamped Thanksgiving Turkey

Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

My daughter loves to create and will do it with anything that is at her fingertips. Yesterday, she grabbed a pair of scissors and cut out two squares. She told me that she was going to make a jelly sandwich. She went and got some paint and a craft stick and spread her two squares with paint and made a grape jelly sandwich.

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Watching her paint with the craft stick gave me an idea. With Thanksgiving nearing, I thought that we could use the craft stick as paint stamp to create a cute turkey craft.

Craft Stick Stamped Turkey

We squeezed acrylic paints in the color of our choosing onto paper plates and then dipped half of the craft stick into the paint.

We pressed the paint covered stick onto a piece of paper. We continued to dip and stamp the craft stick around the paper to form the turkey’s feathers.

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Once we stamped on all of the feathers to our liking, we set our paint aside to dry. If the paint is very thick in spots, you can blot the paint to help it dry.

While the paint dried, we cut two circles. We made one of the circles larger than the other and then cut out a small triangle for a beak and a waddle to go under the beak.

We just slightly overlapped the smaller circle over the larger circle and glued it into place. We each glued a pair of googly eyes onto the top of the smaller circle and then glued the beak and waddle underneath it.

Once the paint dried, we glued the turkey’s body in front of its feathers.

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Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

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Cupcake Liner Turkey Craft

Cupcake Liner Turkey - Thanksgiving crafts for kids

I swore to myself that I was done with turkey crafts, but I could not resist doing just on more. My daughter wanted to make a craft out of cupcake liners and by craft she meant she wanted to cut them all up with her safety scissors. I had a different idea in mind for the wrappers.

Cupcake Liner Turkey

Paint a paper bowl brown & let it dry.

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Cut a peanut like shape out of brown construction paper. Glue on googly eyes & cut a beak & wattle out of construction paper and glue those on as well.

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Flip the bowl over & glue different colored cupcake liners that are folded in half to the back of the bowl. Fan them out half way around the bowl.

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Flip the bowl back over & let the glue dry.

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Cut out feet & glue them to the bottom of the bowl. Glue the body to the front of the bowl & you are finished.

Cupcake Liner Turkey - Thanksgiving crafts for kids

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Puzzle Piece Turkey Craft

Puzzle piece recyclable turkey craft - Thanksgiving and fall arts and crafts for kids - preschoolers.

It has been a hectic of couple of weeks. Between moving out of our house, the construction on our new house not being finished, our daughter starting preschool & just the regular everyday stuff, I have barely had a moment to think. We have had to slow down on our regular craft routine because we have limited supplies with almost all of our home still in storage.

This morning before school, Mai asked if we could do a craft. I promised her that we would when we got home. With Thanksgiving nearing, we decided to make another turkey craft and dug through our supplies to see what was available. The first bag we came across had some old puzzle pieces in it & that is what we decided to use.

What you will need:

Old puzzle pieces

Paint

Construction paper

Googly eyes

Markers

Glue

Directions:

Paint your puzzle pieces in the color of your choice.

Mai wanted purple, I chose red & Ashley chose to mix her colors.

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Ashley was so excited, she painted almost the whole bag of puzzle pieces.

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After you are done painting them. Let them dry.

Cut the turkey’s body out of brown construction paper. Also cut out a beak & feet.

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Glue the body onto a piece of paper. Glue on googly eyes, the beak & feet.

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When your puzzle pieces are dry, glue them around the body to form the feathers. Draw in the wattle using a red marker.

Mai made her whole turkey by herself.

Puzzle piece turkey craft

I did the bodies for me & a tired little Ashley.

Puzzle piece Thanksgiving turkey craft for kids. Puzzle piece Thanksgiving turkey craft for kids

This was a quick and easy craft

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Popsicle Stick Turkey Craft

I am often asked about the emphasis I put on arts & crafts in our home. I get teased by friends and family about the abundance of craft supplies & projects all over the house. I get poked at that I must have too much time on my hands. I know that some do not understand it, but art is a huge part of my life & something that I am happy that I can share with my daughter. There are many reasons that I craft with her, but the main one is the great talks that we have while working on our projects together. I love watching what she can do & I love watching her creativity blossom, but mostly I love our bonding time. The best conversations we have are during these times. Last night was no different. She dug through my craft bin & pulled out Popsicle sticks and asked if we could paint them. I of course, said yes.

Popsicle Stick Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving - kid's crafts and activities. Preschoolers, toddlers

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Button Color Match Turkey Craft

Color Matching Button turkey craft and activity for Thanksgiving. Kid's arts and crafts for preschoolers and toddlers

We have been packing in a lot of fall fun & activities lately. We visited a corn maze recently.

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In the maze there was a series of questions at each checkpoint in the maze leading to the maze’s end. All of the questions were about turkeys. My daughter was excited every time we found a checkpoint. We asked her a question and would try to figure it out all together. She thought it was especially funny when she found out that the red thing dangling from its neck was called a wattle. She still found it funny last night when we made a turkey craft.

Our turkey craft matched up colorful buttons with the coordinating feathers.

What you will need:

Construction paper:

Buttons

Glue

Googly eyes

Directions:

Cut out shapes for the turkey feathers out of construction paper & then glue onto another piece of paper.

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Cut out a shape for the turkey’s body.

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Cut out the turkey’s feet & beak & glue them onto the turkey. Cut out the wattle (still funny) & glue it to the neck.

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Glue the turkey body over the feathers & add a pair of googly eyes.

Sort out the colored buttons that coordinate with the turkey feathers.

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Have your child glue the buttons onto its coordinating color.

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Our turkey came out adorable, wattle & all. I can’t wait for more turkey crafts.

Color Matching Button turkey craft and activity for Thanksgiving. Kid's arts and crafts for preschoolers and toddlers

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100 Things That I am Thankful For

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Why is it that it takes the holidays for us to reflect on the things in our life that are most important? On New Year’s we resolve to better ourselves, on Valentine’s Day we show appreciation for our spouses & lovers and on Thanksgiving we give thanks for all of the gifts that god has given us. We should resolve to be better every day. We should celebrate our love & all of these gifts every second, but with the stresses of work, bills & daily life often we do forget. The holidays do offer a great nudge. This week is Thanksgiving. There are many things that I am grateful for but often take for granted. I challenged myself to make a list of 100 things, some are things that I cannot live without, some are the little things that make me smile, but all are things that make be thankful. These are not listed in any particular order.

1. My husband & daughter and my extended family

2. Life and health

3. A good-natured debate

4. Watching my daughter sleep

5. Low fat frozen yogurt

6. Weekends off

7. My memories

8. Sweatpants

9. Art

10. My daughter’s laughter

11. Owls

12. Changes of season

13. My mother-in-law

14. Spanx

15. Meditation

16. The money in my wallet

17. Beauty in unexpected places

18. Our travels

19. Chocolate

20. Inspiration

21. My sister

22. Color

23. Day dreams

24. Heated mattress pads

25. Inside jokes

26. Home movies

27. Forgiveness

28. Good friends that are always there

29. Books

30. Unsolicited compliments

31. Thunderstorms

32. ‘The Princess Bride’

33. Tears of happiness

34. Hugs

35. Upbeat people

36. Decaf coffee

37. Foot rubs

38. Singing when no ones listening

39. Raw honey

40. Our dog

41. All the I love yous

42. Old photographs

43. A good sneeze

44. The blogs that I follow & the ones that follow me

45. Peppermint Patties- Get the sensation

46. My mother visiting in my dreams

47. Pinterest

48. Central Air

49. Post-It notes

50. The Beatles

51. Water

52. My snooze button

53. Dance

54. Finding a solution to a problem

55. Bubble baths

56. The warmth of the sun

57. Cherry blossoms

58. Swiffer

59. Baby feet

60. Traditions

61. Drive through windows

62. “The Big Bang Theory” nerds

63. Naps

64. Movie quotes

65. Moments of silence

66. Kisses

67. Brie & jelly

68. Dimples

69. Anti-bacterial wipes

70. Netflix Streaming

71. Internet shopping

72. Sunsets

73. Family outings

74. That perfect little black dress

75. Herbal tea

76. Pearl jewelry

77. The sound of bagpipes

78. Respect

79. Moments of clarity

80. Snow Days

81. Looking up at the stars

82. Cuddling on the couch

83. Our home

84. Christmas Carols

85. The sounds & smell of the beach

86. Toe socks – Have you ever worn a pair? You would be thankful too.

87. A blank canvas

88. A quick-witted comeback

89. Girls’ nights out

90. Kindness of strangers

91. Nutella

92. The lessons I have learned from the mistakes I have made

93. Puns

94. Musicals

95. Vicks Vapor Rub

96. A lit fireplace on a cold night

97. Hair colorant

98. Over-sized sweaters

99. My glue gun

100. God for blessing me with all of these gifts

What are you most thankful for? Can you list 100 things that you are grateful for? I challenge you to post your list. Link back to me if you do so that I may see what makes you thankful.