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Alphabet > Letter T > T is for Turkey

Animals >
Birds > Farm > Turkey

Crafts >
Pinecone and Feathers Turkey Craft

Holidays & Events >
*Jan. 5th > Nat'l Bird day
*April > Arbor Day
*May 4th > Bird Day
*Nov. > Thanksgiving

Plants > Tree Theme > Pine cone

Online Jigsaw Puzzles > Turkey

Seasons > Autumn

Ages 2.5 and older, preschool and Kindergarten

This is a very simple paper craft for young children to present a very special bird, the turkey.  It is also an opportunity to address many other concepts, themes and skills.

The turkey craft features a pinecone template for the body and head, and "feathers."

This craft can help to enhance related children's literature and topics listed in the themes column.

Review themes, learning activities below that can be presented before, during and after the craft activities.

Printing / Assembly and Decoration Suggestions: 

The turkey craft can be assembled in various ways, the images show two possible alternatives.  Allow children to explore and make their own unique turkey.

Tips:  Help children cut eyes and feet templates as one piece.
Paper eyes can be replaced by wiggly plastic eyes. Use real feathers or two handprint cut-outs instead of the paper feather templates.

Printing option 1: 
Print color template 1 with paper feathers, or color template 2 and use craft feathers or two handprint cut-outs and assemble. 

Printing option 2: 
Print black & white template 1 with paper feathers or template 2 and use craft feathers, or handprint cut-outs.  Children can color, or paint.  

Printing and assembly option 3:  For older children, Print black and white option. Cut out template pieces and trace, onto different colors of craft paper or foam sheets.

Letters or numbers activity explained below how to use on black and white templates below.

Themes & Learning Activities for Turkey Crafts
Animal and Thanksgiving holiday facts and more.

Trees - Conifers and their Pinecones
A pinecone
is like a strong little home or nest for seeds to develop for a group of plants called conifers.  The conifers include the pine, cedars, spruce and other evergreen trees. Evergreen trees generally stay green all year round and don't loose their leaves.  Optional:  Visit related activities about trees and their importance.

Alphabet Skills > 
Whenever possible use the craft to introduce an alphabet letter -- T is for Turkey or numbers practice  Have the children write letter T somewhere in the craft.

Letters & Numbers Practice:  Color-by-the-Number or Color-by the Letter Activities
Before distributing the coloring template, write numbers or letters in the template pieces to represent colors making it a color-by-the-number or color-by-the letter activity.  On a separate piece of paper make a simple graph with the number or letter and the designated color so the children can refer to it.  

:  Make sure to identify shapes where applicable:  the beak is an triangle, the eyes are ovals.

Online Puzzles:  Turkey
Here are three 6-piece online puzzles.  To increase the number of pieces click on the SHAPE button.

Pinecone and Feathers Turkey Craft
two assembly suggestions

Illustrations only
Templates below

Alphabet Letter T Turkey Printable Materials

Pinecone and Feathers Turkey Craft:
Color Version
Template #1
(with paper feathers)
Template #1a

(no feathers)

Black & White 
Template #1
(with paper feathers) 
Template #1a
(no feathers)

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