Easy Preschool Thanksgiving Turkey Craft


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Thanksgiving is often the overlooked holiday. Last year my then five year old waged a verbal war with Turkey Day.  He was literally annoyed by its mere presence.  Why?  It was a roadblock and detour on the way to Christmas, of course. This year we are attempting to embrace the holiday.  He definitely understands the importance of giving thanks for life’s blessings, but still only being six, it’s got to be fun too. 

This year we made Popsicle Stick Thankful Turkeys.  After enjoying lots of delicious and yummy Popsicles, Fudgsicles, and Creamsicles were had a bunch of sticks leftover.  In an attempt to enjoy the holiday and count our blessings my family created these fun and easy to assemble turkeys. 

Ultimately the supplies we needed were all naturally on hand in our home.  I don’t own a tremendous amount of craft supplies, so I love using those items that are handy.


I used a can to make the round, circle of the turkeys body and I cut the rest of the parts by hand. This part does require adult help.  But kids can assemble the pieces together.  However I think the best part is encouraging children to be creative when thinking of items to be thankful for.  These items can be added to the wings of the turkey. 


We used a gluestick on the paper parts of the turkey body, but we used a sturdy tape to secure the Popsicle feathers to the back of the turkey.  


This activity would be great before the holiday, but can even be created the day of.  Having kids focus on what they are thankful for is so sweet and a great keepsake of their particular age. 


 If you would prefer something a bit easier just use stickers instead of actually writing words.  


 At my husband’s suggestion this turkey suggested the things he was thankful for including- pumpkin pie, bread broccoli, pizza, vegans, salads, and chickens.  Basically this turkey was thankful for all items that do not involve actually eating turkey:)


 You can even give your turkey a little character. Perhaps a mustache? Or glasses?

Whatever your style or preference these cute little characters can help your kids celebrate this cozy, family holiday.



  1. These are adorably cute and so crafty. I’m sure they’re fun for the kiddos to make.

  2. I think this is a really cute craft to do with the children!

  3. I will pass this post along to a couple of elementary school teacher friends. This would be a great craft for their students to complete for Thanksgiving.

  4. Diane Sallans says

    those are so cute and provide the opportunity to discuss important things too

  5. What a cool project with popsicle sticks and incorporating the various creations into a Thanksgiving tradition. It is so important that our children can realize and speak of the blessings for which they are thankful. Excellent job by all.

  6. this is so cute! i love these things

  7. Diane Cooper says

    I love how simple this is, but what a great gift to teach about being thankful. I am going to do this with my granddaughter.

  8. Carrie Phelps says

    What a cute idea! I can’t wait to share this craft with my grandchildren.

  9. Sacha Schroeder says

    These are adorable! my daughter would LOVE these. I am printing it out.

  10. These are so cute.My grandson would enjoy making these.

  11. That is too cute!

  12. I just made these with a 4 and 2 year old I care for. They loved making these! We had to keep adding popsicle sticks because they kept saying things they were thankful for. Great teaching tool!!

  13. I used to work in a pre-school and wish we had had this craft idea. It is perfect for the Thanksgiving Season and could easily be changed to fit the other holidays, too!

  14. These are very cute! My boys would love to make these for Thanksgiving!

  15. What a cute and easy craft!

  16. this is a great idea for kids to think about what important to them

  17. Marti Tabora says

    I love this idea, they are so cute and not too difficult.

  18. I love them! They would be great as a classroom activity for younger kids or even to hang up around the house

  19. Allison Downes says

    This looks like such a cute Thanksgiving craft idea! Thank you for sharing!

  20. theodore esteghamat says

    It’s a nice craft to get the kids to do. This will help while the turkey is cooking.

  21. Christy Anderson says

    What a cute and easy craft!

  22. those turkeys are so cute and I bet they loved making them, great craft


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