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Toddler Talk: Turkey Puppets

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I've got a fun craft to make with your little guy or gal this week. Make them before your Thanksgiving guests arrive, and your entertainment will be covered! My girls had a blast making these turkey puppets, mostly because of the messy painting involved in step one. Enjoy!

Supplies needed:

Craft paper

Washable paint

Paint brushes

A pencil


A marker


A red pipe cleaner

Popcorn kernels

Popsicle sticks


1. First, squirt a few drops of paint onto your craft paper. I chose autumn colors but you could do a rainbow of colors, too. Let your little ones use paint brushes or their hands to cover the paper completely in paint. When the paper is fully covered, let it dry.

2. Once the paint is dry, trace your little one's hand with a pencil. I was able to get 3-4 turkeys out of one sheet of paper. Use scissors to cut out each handprint. (An older child could do this with safety scissors!)

3. Then, draw an eye on each "thumb" for the turkey's head. Glue a popcorn kernel on for the turkey's beak, then glue a little pipe cleaner snippet on for the turkey's snood or gobble.

4. When your turkey is done, glue it to a popsicle stick. Finally, put on a Thanksgiving Day turkey play for all of your family and friends!

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