This week I’m sharing a really fun turkey handprint art project that is perfect for Thanksgiving or Fall. It’s open-ended with lots of room for creativity, and guaranteed to produce adorable results! It can be proudly displayed on the mantel, or used as a backdrop for a seasonal meal.
You’ll also find my favourite recommendations for reading with kids around the Thanksgiving holidays.
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Adorable Turkey Handprint Art
You Will Need:
- A small canvas or sturdy white paper
- Fall-coloured acrylic paints including red, orange, yellow, and brown and paintbrush
- Yellow cardstock or construction paper
- Googly eyes (optional)
- White glue
- 3D decorative items like corn kernels, plastic decorative leaves, dried leaves from outside, acorns etc.
1. On the yellow paper, have your child make a number of handprints using the brown paint.
2. On the canvas, have your child paint a background scene in reds, oranges and yellows.
Encourage them to be creative here. I often tell kids that there is no right or wrong way to make art.
I didn’t get a photo of this part because I wanted to pay close attention to Onetime while he was using the paint (a.k.a. mess containment!)
3. Once the handprints are dry, have your child use the markers to add legs, a beak, and eyes to make turkeys. You could use googly eyes too if you wanted to be more silly!
5. Now get out all your decorative items and the glue and let your child use their imagination to create a scene or abstract masterpiece.
Onetime’s multimedia masterpiece now has a special place on our mantel for the Fall season! I think it’s colourful and it makes me smile every time I look at it!
Fun Thanksgiving Kids Books
Books are a great way to stimulate a conversation about gratefulness and thankfulness at this time of year. Here are a handful of my favourites!
A lovely rhyming book that will remind kids of what they can be thankful for each and every day.
A lovely story about a non-traditional Thanksgiving celebration.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!