This printable turkey papercraft makes the perfect, simple Thanksgiving craft! Kids will have so much fun assembling their own little turkey. Whether you’re looking for a low-prep Thanksgiving craft for your classroom, or just a fun Thanksgiving day activity to do with your kids, we think you’re going to love this free printable!
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- Crayons, markers, etc.
- Glue – We used both a glue stick and liquid glue for different parts, but feel free to use what you have on hand
- PDF of craft (scroll down after the instructions to get this FREE printable)
Print out the craft. We used regular printer paper, but cardstock tends to hold up a little better.
Tip: If you’re a teacher or librarian, or if you’re doing this craft with a large group of kids, make sure you print out the page with the extra beaks and wings, just in case some of the kids loose these small pieces!
Color the turkey.
Instead of fully coloring in the tail feathers, you can also have your kids or students write what they are thankful for on them (either in colorful letters or coloring carefully around the words).
On the cube body of the turkey, leave a little space around where it’s marked to glue the tail feathers to make it easier for the glue to stick.
Cut out all the pieces.
Be careful with the beak and wings! These are easy to lose. I’ve included an entire extra page in the PDF of extra beaks and wings, in case you’re using this in your classroom or library, or if you’re doing this craft with a large group of kids – that way you’ll have some backups in case students lose them.
Fold on the dotted lines.
Assemble the cube. It’s best to use a glue stick for the part. The last side is the trickiest – if you can’t get the last tabs to secure well with just a glue stick, use a tad bit of regular white glue or a small piece of tape to secure it.
Carefully fold the beak, folding down on the middle line and then up on the two flaps. Using a tiny amount of white glue, attach it where marked to the turkey’s face.
Use white glue to attach the head to the cube body.
Fold on the dotted line on the wings. Using a smidge of white glue, attach the wings to both sides of the body.
Use white glue to attach the tail feathers, one at a time.
Let it dry. And there you have it!
We’d love to see how you use these at home for Thanksgiving decorations or as an activity in your classroom or library! Share your creation on social media using the hashtag #createinthechaos