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Ages 2.5 and older
This is a very simple craft for young children to introduce a very
special animal, the turkey. It is also an opportunity to address
many other concepts, themes and skills.
This craft can help to enhance related children's literature and
topics listed in the themes column.
Printing, Assembly and Decoration Suggestions:
Note: The body template
(circle) can be glued to a CD.
Note: Review themes and learning activities below below
that can be presented before, during and after assembly.
Printing option 1: Print all color templates, cut
and assemble. Fold beak and place glue where indicated.
Option 2: Print all black & white templates
Option 1: 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 - 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.
1. Mosaic: fill the body and/or leaf template with real maple
leaves or crushed leaves in different colors. Fill the
templates with cut up &
shapes of tissue paper, or left over craft paper.
2. Use a sponge roller or pieces of sponges cut into basic
shapes, and mix shades and/or roll paint.
3. Use a dropper
4. 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.
5. Explore with stripes and color mixing.
Variations of the craft >
Substitute template #2 > the maple leaf template with
1. 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.
2. 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.
2. Handprints > Use three or four handprint cut-outs in
autumn colors depending on the hand size.
3. Use craft feathers or paper cut-outs that resemble feathers.
Letter & Numbers: Color-by-the-Number or Color-by the
Before distributing the 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.
Shapes: 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
Themes & learning activities for
Alphabet, animal facts, Thanksgiving holiday facts, autumn season,
alphabet, online puzzles and more.
Maple Leaf Turkey Craft:
Black & White
Note: Instead of large leaf template glue real maple
leaves to form the tail portion or fill the template with leaves.
Alphabet Support Materials:
*L is for
T is for Turkey