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Activities 1 & 2 > Visit lesson plans and resources for
> What is a turkey?
and What is
This is a very simple craft for young children to introduce or revisit
special and beloved North American bird, the turkey. It features two overlapping autumn oak leaves (ordinary oak) to represent the
turkey's feathers and tail; the turkey's head is an acorn, the oak's
fruit and seed. The oak tree is an important source of
food for wild turkeys -- acorns are one of their favorite treats.
This craft can help to enhance related children's literature, and your
choice of topics in the themes column.
Activity 3 > Oak leaves and Acorn Turkey Printable Craft (7
Make sure to review and include related learning activities below
to address and discuss the
different elements of the craft before and/or during craft assembly:
Printing | assembly and decoration Suggestions:
Printing option 1: Print color templates, cut and assemble. Fold beak and place glue where indicated.
Printing option 2: Print all black & white templates
Suggestion 1: Children can color and cut out template pieces (assist
when needed). Fold beak and place glue where indicated.
Suggestion 2 : Cut out template pieces and trace, onto different colors craft paper
(older children may be able to do this step themselves) - use autumn
colors if the activity is seasonal or,
Suggestion 3: Letters or numbers activity explained
Note: For children under 3 years of age pre-assemble and
the smallest templates: beak and waddle to the acorn.
Other ideas for decorating the craft:
Older children (ages 4.5 - 6) need more challenge to make the process
more interesting and explore other art techniques or simply set up
various materials and different brushes, sponge rollers, etc., and
allow them to discover ways to paint and decorate.
- Mosaic: fill the body and/or leaf template with real oak leaves or crushed leaves in different colors. Fill the the
templates with cut up &
shapes of tissue paper, or left over craft paper, and cut out excess.
- Use a sponge roller or pieces of sponges cut into basic
shapes, and mix shades and/or roll paint.
- Use a dropper to paint the oak leaves.
- Glue yarn to half of toilet paper tube in different designs,
roll the tube over a thin layer of paints and roll over the template
- really neat designs will be achieved. Messy? Yes,
but lots of fun.
Explore with stripes and color mixing.
Alphabet Printable Activities
Letter A Acorn
> long a sound (the fruit of the oak)
The turkey's head template is an ACORN the fruit (a type of nut) and the
produced by an OAK tree.
Note: The acorn template has "HIDDEN upper
case letter A's. "Challenge" the children to find
the letter A's in the template, do not point to the acorn, but to find
any hidden letter A's after distributing the template page.
- Letter L is for Leaf
> The tail of the turkey craft is a pair of oak leaves in
- Letter O is Oak
The oak leaves in the turkey's tail complements
and celebrates America's choice for a National Tree -- the OAK
- T is for Turkey
Letters or numbers practice > Color-by-the-Number or Color-by the
Before distributing the black & white 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 (or on the
template page) make a simple
graph with the number or letters and the designated color so the
children can refer to it.
Shapes and learning about birds > The SHAPES of the
templates help us discuss the basic parts of the bird and more.
The beak (triangle), the body is an EGG (a sort of
oval), birds hatch from hard shelled eggs, the feet (stars),
the tail/feathers is shaped liked two ordinary type oak leaves -- only
birds have feathers. The head is an acorn, the fruit of the oak
tree and a favorite food of wild turkeys.
Leaves & Acorn Turkey Craft
Black & White
A is for Acorn
L is for Leaf
T is for Turkey
O is for Oak