Here’s a really simple and fun craft that kids can do while awaiting their Thanksgiving feast. The materials are really inexpensive and if you have pine trees in your yard, you’ve got some free materials on hand already. Send the little ones out to gather a few pine cones and watch as they transform them into these adorable little turkey’s.
Cut 6 to 8 triangles out of the tissue paper (3 per color). The size is dependent on how large you want your ‘tail feathers’.
Gather the long side of your triangle so that it leaves a point on the other end. This forms a ‘tail’ feather.
Point a small dab of glue on the gathered end of the tissue paper. Continue to gather the ends of each piece until you have them all done and dabbed with glue. Alternating the different colors, attach each ‘tail’ by sticking the glued end to another ‘feather’ (overlapping each). Adjust the ‘feathers’ so they are fanned out like a real turkey’s tail.
Spread some glue on the base of the tail feathers (the gathered, already glued ends) and press the base onto the wide end of a pine cone. Set aside to let dry.
Using the brown card stock or construction paper, cut out the turkeys head (draw the head in a peanut shape & cut out). The size is up to you.
Cut a beak from the yellow card stock or construction paper (draw a narrow diamond shape & cut out).
Glue two wiggly eyes onto the peanut shaped head. Fold the beak in half lengthwise and glue one half to the head.
Tear off a small piece of red tissue paper, scrunch it up a bit and glue one end to one side or the bottom of the beak.
Smear glue on the bottom backside of the head and adhere it to the pine cone (opposite side of the tail). Allow to dry.
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