The boys and I had so much fun making these Thanksgiving handprint cookie crafts. Their favorite part?? Why, eating cookies at the end of course!
This kid friendly craft is a great way to gift some baked goods this Thanksgiving. The children will get a kick out of bringing their turkey to life.
Let's get straight into it, you can scroll below for the full tutorial and pictures or watch the video.
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Thanksgiving handprint turkey craft supplies
- Cookies (store-bought or homemade)
- Orange Craft Paper
- Yellow Craft Paper
- Red Craft Paper
- Cello/Zip Lock Bags
- Googly Eyes
- Glue Tape
One sheet of each coloured paper will be ample if you're making just one cookie. It will depend on the size of your child's handprint but you should be able to get at least 2 turkey characters from one sheet.
STEP #1: Protect your cookies
Place your cookie inside a bag. I folded the excess bag behind the cookie and used the adhesive tape roller to attach it to the back.
Step #2: Make your turkey's legs
Take a red sheet of paper and roughly measure two strips for your turkey's legs. Cut these out and then “zig-zag” fold them.
Step #3: Shape your turkey's face
Using the red paper, cut a small “U” shape that will be the turkey's wattle (neck). With the orange paper, cut a small triangle that will be the turkey's beak.
Once you've cut your paper shapes out, attach them along with the googly eyes. We found it easier to attach the eyes first then the wattle, followed by the turkey's beak on top.
Step #4: Attach the legs for your Thanksgiving handprint turkey
Flip the cookie over and using the glue tape, stick the folded red strips to the back. These will be your turkey's dancing legs!
Step #5: Your Thanksgiving handprint turkey feathers
For this next step, you will need to trace and cut a handprint on each of the coloured papers. So that's one yellow, one orange and one red handprint. These will be your turkey's feathers.
Step #6: Bringing your turkey feathers together
Using your adhesive tape, attach the hands together to create the turkey feathers. You can choose which order you would like them in, I went from darkest (red) to lightest (yellow) on the colour wheel. It looks best when your handprints are all facing the same way, so the thumbs are in the same place for each handprint.
Step #7: Attach the cookie to your turkey feathers
So simple! Simply roll a few glue strips on your handprint feathers and then stick your cookie to them. That's it, your turkey is complete.
This was such a quick article to write which means it's clearly an easy craft! The quickest crafts are always the easiest ones for kids. These Thanksgiving handprint turkey cookies are a great activity to do at home with your children. Or you could create these in the classroom, at playgroup or church, just to name a few.
What cookies will you use? I just purchased whatever was at the store. However, if you're going to the effort of making some, which do you think would be best? I'm thinking maybe pumpkin chocolate chip or pumpkin spice. I'd love to see your children's creations.
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