Need a simple Thanksgiving decoration? Try this paper bag turkey craft!
I save grocery bags we pick up along the way, knowing they are destined to be repurposed. This paper bag turkey craft was exactly what we need to help ring in November!
It’s simple and well-loved by my three and seven-year-old alike. Now, that is a true win!
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My three-year-old is instantly invested.
He takes each shape and matches it on the outlined turkey.
Next, he asks for a gluestick and gets to work!
As he works on gluing each shape onto the turkey, he is also strengthening his little hands. Small movements like this go a long way later when it comes to writing. In fact, there are many ways to help fine motor grip during the early years. You can read 25+ ways to improve pencil grip here!
What I love most about paper bag craft like this is that it reminds me of my childhood.
No complicated directions, no need to hit up Michaels. This is a simple, down to Earth Thanksgiving decoration that I am here for. Just like these simple Thanksgiving table decorations, this idea screams child-led fun!
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Just a few items are needed to make this Thanksgiving decoration.
A few cuts and this paper bag turkey craft is ready to go! We even set this up for our morning Breakfast Invitation! What’s a Breakfast Invitation? They are are simple games that inspire creativity and independent play throughout the day.
Here are the supplies for this Thanksgiving decoration.
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- paper bag or kraft paper
- construction paper
- scissors – here are the kid scissors we use
- gluestick – optional
This turkey craft goes great with the funny book, Turkey Trouble!
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To set up, let’s cut just a few shapes.
I promise! I am a big believer in prepping activities within five minutes.
We don’t have the time or energy to be prepping longer than that. This turkey craft just a few cuts for your Thanksgiving decoration to be set!
- Fold your paper and cut two white circles for eyes.
- Fold your paper and cut two small black circles for eyes.
- Cut a yellow triangle.
- Cut a red snood.
- Fold your paper and cut a handful of feathers. We cut a total of six feathers.
Lay each shape on your paper bag and use a black marker to outline each shape to make a turkey face like this:
Next, place all your turkey shapes to the left of the paper bag and invite your preschooler to dive in. Remember! Both my three and seven-year-old jumped right in to get started! Even big kids love decorating for the holidays.
When the boys finished, they hung the turkey up and stood by it proudly.