Time to Talk Turkey

Last year, on the day after Thanksgiving, we sighted a few 'pardoned' turkeys.

This year, I wanted to do a bit more than just a chance observation. I went in search of some fun turkey crafts and lessons for the children. Our local library had numerous books to borrow, but by far, I found the most ideas online. {Boy is the internet full of great turkey ideas!} A few of my finds include the following books and ideas. Now, if I can just narrow it down a bit...

Nonfiction Book:
All About Turkeys, by Jim Arnosky

Fiction Picture Books:
Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale, by Mary Jane and Herm Auch
A Turkey for Thanksgiving, by Eve Bunting
The Money We'll Save, by Brock Cole
Turkeys Together, by Carol Wallace

For Older Kids or Read Aloud:
The Great Turkey Walk, by Kathleen Karr - A book we have enjoyed as a read aloud, and one the children return to again and again to read on their own.

For the School Room:
Turkey Time: Thanksgiving Lessons - A page of lesson ideas including lots of fascinating facts about turkeys.
Thanksgiving Lessons and Teacher Resources - Ideas for lessons across the curriculum are found here.  It features a variety of lessons for mainly elementary aged children.
Thanksgiving Activities, Lessons, and Printables - A long list of printables and activity ideas with a turkey theme can be found at this site.  Personally, I think the "Turkey Color By Number" is adorable.
Turkeys {Expanded} - Seriously fun and easy to implement turkey activities with free printables!
Thanksgiving: Turkey - preschool lesson plans - We have tried something similar to the hand print turkeys and used them for card for relatives who live further away.  However, we may just have to try the candy turkeys for those relatives who live a lot closer (ahem, like in our house!)
Turkey Theme Preschool Activities and Crafts - Though youngest in my house is in Kindergarten, I am sure he will still like a bunch of these ideas.

For the Table:
Thankful Turkey Craft - Probably my favorite turkey idea I have seen so far is this one.  It would make a beautiful decoration.
The Kids Table: Paper Bag Turkey - I am not sure if only the kids table should get this turkey!  After all, a paper bag turkey filled with popcorn sounds like a treat at any age.

Craft Ideas:
Fall Leaf Turkey - We like the hands on nature projects, especially my children.  These too cute turkeys might just be the best use of natural supplies.
Easy Thanksgiving Kids Craft: Make Finger Puppets - I am pretty sure we have most of these supplies on hand and with older children who can do this project on their own, this could be a fun one for them this year.

Are you looking for even more turkey (and turkey related) crafts? 
Then, check out these pages:
Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities For Kids
Turkey Crafts for Kids
Thanksgiving Turkey Crafts
Simple Turkey Day Crafts


  1. Thanks for all of the suggestions! I just ordered The Great Turkey Walk! :-)

    1. Mary, that is a great book! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  2. Thanks for a great collection of turkey ideas. I've enjoyed the other posts you've linked at "Look! What We Did!"

  3. A great big thanks for taking a huge amount of work off the rest of the homeschool moms load. Have you guys ever made the turkey using an apple, fruit loops, marshmellows, raisins, & grapes? We made them when my children were young & they look forward to them every year now. Oh, & you need tooth picks too.

    1. No, we have yet to try that apple turkey - thanks for sharing the idea! I bet they are adorable when finished (not to mention a yummy snack for later).


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