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Alphabet >
*Letter T > T is for Turkey
*Letter L > L is for Leaf

Animals >
Birds > Farm > Turkey

Crafts >
Maple Leaf Turkey Craft

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

Multicultural > Canada 

Online Jigsaw Puzzles
> Turkey & Autumn Leaves

Seasons > AutumnPlants > Trees > Why Leaves turn color in Autumn

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
and:
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 these suggestions:
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 Letter Activities
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 leaf likeness.

Themes & learning activities for the Turkey
Alphabet, animal facts, Thanksgiving holiday facts, autumn season, alphabet, online puzzles and more.


Illustration only
Templates below

Visit other Maple Leaves Turkey Crafts
or
Oak Leaves Turkey Craft

Maple Leaf Turkey Craft:

Color Version
Template #1
Template #2

Black & White 
Template #1 
Template #2

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
Leaf 
* T is for Turkey


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