Turkey Pine Cone Craft November 22 2010

Here's a quick and easy last-minute Thanksgiving activity for use at school or at home! Children will love to use their handprints to create the feathers on the turkey, and write what they are thankful for.  This is a treasured centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.

Materials:

  • Pine cone
  • Google eyes
  • Black marker
  • Construction paper (brown, orange or yellow)
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Discuss and write examples of what the children are thankful for on the classroom white board or overhead.
  2. Show an example pine cone turkey and explain that they can put the turkey on their Thanksgiving table or display as a decoration in their home.
  3. Children (or adult) traces over the child's hand to make  a handprint. Make as many handprints as you like. Older children may want to make a few handprints. For older children, a few handprints can be used to make more feathers. Younger children can make one handprint.
  4. Students write (with pencil) what they are thankful for on the thumb and fingers.
  5. On the palm of the handprint students write (with pencil), "I am Thankful."
  6. Proofread pencil writing.
  7. Trace over with a black marker.
  8. Tuck the handprint into the back of the pine cone. If the student made more than one handprint, tuck in all the handprints. You can choose to glue the handprints onto the pine cone, or just tuck them inside the cone.
  9. Glue on the googly eyes.
  10. Display as a Thanksgiving decoration or as a centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table.