Thanksgiving Hand Print Turkeys

Thanksgiving activity

The Thanksgiving turkey is more than the centerpiece of a festive holiday meal! It’s also the prime subject matter for fall kids’ arts and crafts. Combine color mixing with Thanksgiving art in this simple painted shape turkey craft. Your child can play with the paint and create a cute turkey. Display the art on your walls, use it as holiday dinner décor, laminate the artwork to make a placemat or make mini versions that you turn into place cards.


  • Card stock paper
  • Tempera paints
  • A paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Googley eyes
  • Clear drying school glue


  1. Paint your child’s fingers (on the palm side). Make each finger a different color. Use the primary colors (red, blue and yellow) next to each other to add to the mixing and blending of the hues.
  2. Press your child’s fingers onto the paper, making turkey wing feathers. Ask your child to put his fingers together and make a “W” shape with his hands.
  3. Mix the colors! Have your child slightly move his fingers back and forth, so that the colors connect.
  4. Cut out a baseball-sized circle and a smaller circle from the card stock paper.
  5. Glue the circles onto the paper. The larger circle will be the turkey’s body (place this at the center of the painted hand print. The smaller circle will be the head.
  6. Cut and glue a triangle beak and a waddle onto the head.
  7. Glue two googley eyes on to the turkey’s head.