Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Number Turkey

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Thanksgiving Crafts for kids using a math turkey

This Thanksgiving craft can double as a turkey craft and a pr school writing and math activity.

Things we used
  • Mini pumpkin
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Tooth picks
  • Markers
  • Turkey printable.

We started off with painting the pumpkin (body of the turkey) in various turkey feather colors. You could use just use brown for the body of the turkey.I set out some acrylics with a metallic finish.

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Once we were done, daddy promptly asked if we were making a red bell pepper! My heart sank :l Of course I came back with “Since when do bell peppers have 5 different colors?” To be fair, the pumpkin does look like a bell pepper from this angle.

 thanksgiving crafts for kids

We let the red bell pepper a.k.a pumpkin to dry  and came back to the project the next day.


thanksgiving crafts for kids

For the turkey, I cut out some turkey feathers, body and wings using this printable.

It was a good time to encourage my older one to try writing a few numbers. It didn’t need a lot of push because she is  going through a “ I want to write letters and numbers all day” phase. Really, it is borderline weird Smile Having said that, I’m sure this play based/ craft based learning will encourage any kid to write. An opportunity to use markers on colored pieces of paper doubling as turkey feathers and wings suddenly makes writing very exciting.

I set out the feathers where she traced a few and wrote a few numbers.

thanksgiving crafts for kids

While I went inside to get some more toothpicks, she got zealous and wrote some freaky inverted numbers on my workspace. Hurray to budding interest in writing.

We stapled the feathers together and stuck a toothpick on the back.

thanksgiving crafts for kids
thanksgiving crafts for kids

Next, the wings went on the toothpicks and were set out to dry along with the feathers for a while.

After she colored the turkey eyes and wattle we glued the head to the pumpkin body.

 thanksgiving crafts for kids

Attaching the feathers and wings should not be that hard because we are working with a mini pumpkin. I helped Big A push the toothpick into the pumpkin.

thanksgiving crafts for kids

Once the feathers, wings and the head is attached, your number turkey is ready for display.

thanksgiving crafts for kids 


It could work as a center piece for your kids table on Thanksgiving day.

It could possibly work as a handmade Thanksgiving gift for teachers/class etc.

This Thanksgiving craft is just a basic model. You could clearly do more – more feathers, attach individual feathers to the pumpkin. Work with letters, sight words, word families.

Knowing your child’s attention span will help you tailor the project for your kid.


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  1. what a great way to do it all at once!! love it, jaime@fspdt

  2. The turkey turned out so cute! I love all the different motor skills involved, and crafts you can play with (and learn math) are always the best. Pinning this and following you on Facebook :)

  3. Oh what a good and unusual way to decorate a pumpkin

    Visiting via RedTedArt

  4. Ooh love the combination of turkey and pumpkin craft!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  5. so many fun ways to use this – very creative. I am featuring this on this week’s Sunday Showcase. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Very cute! And what a great way to use the leftover pumpkins for Thanksgiving =-)

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

  7. Cute idea! Each feather could have an adjective describing the turkey or Thanksgiving.

  8. Thats so cute! Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday. I hope we see you back this week.

  9. This turkey is so cute and I love that it triples as a craft, writing and math activity. Also thrilled that I finally got on your site!

  10. Pamela Stansberry says:

    I painted pumpkins for Halloween with my class-but the paint peeled off. What is the secret to having the paint stick to the pumpkin?

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