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Turkey Craft | Maple Leaf Theme | Thanksgiving
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Materials
Activities 1 & 2 > Visit lesson plans and resources for > What is a turkey? and What is Thanksgiving?

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Turkey Craft | Maple Leaf Theme | Thanksgiving
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Activity 3 > Maple Leaf Turkey Craft

This is a very simple craft for young children to introduce a very special animal, the turkey.

Printing, assembly and decoration suggestions:
The body template (circle) can be glued to a CD.

Option 1: Print all color templates, cut
and assemble. Fold beak and place glue where indicated.

Option 2: Print all black & white templates

Children can color and cut out template pieces (assist when needed). Fold beak and place glue where indicated.

Option 3: Cut out template pieces and trace, onto different colors craft paper (older children may be able to this step themselves) - use autumn color if the activity is seasonal or,

Other ideas for decorating the craft:

Older children (ages 4.5+) need more challenge to make the process more interesting and explore other art techniques:
  • Mosaic: Glue real maple leaves, torn color paper, or tissue paper on the body and/or leaf template.

  • Use a sponge roller or pieces of sponges cut into basic shapes, and mix shades and paint.

  • Use a dropper to paint.

  • 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.

Variations of the craft >
Substitute template #2 > the maple leaf template with these suggestions:

  • Real dried autumn leaves of a type of tree that is native to your area. You may want to focus on your state's tree leaf for example. The maple leaf, maple tree, maple tartan are national symbols of Canada, and featured in the Canadian flag. Visit this related activity to expand on a Canada theme.
  • Trace a large leaf of your choice to autumn color paper or paint paper in autumn colors and then cut out the leaves using the real leaf as a template.
  • Handprints > Use three or four handprint cut-outs in autumn colors depending on the hand size.
  • Craft feathers or paper cut-outs that resemble feathers.

Letter & Numbers: Color-by-the-Number or Color-by the Letter Activity

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 the bottom edge of the template 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: stars (feet), main body & eyes (circles), beak (triangle). Note that the "feathered" portion of the body is a maple leaf likeness.

maple leaf turkey craft
Maple Leaf Turkey Craft
Color version
1 and 2

Black & White
1 and 2

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