Handprint Turkeys: A Thanksgiving Family Tradition

With all of the hustle and bustle of cooking, cleaning and preparing for relatives on Thanksgiving day, it might be difficult to include your children in helping with your tasks and preparations simply because of time restraints. But you still want them to feel like they are contributing and celebrating the holiday in their own special way. We found a cute, easy DIY craft that will occupy their time while you are busy in the kitchen. And best of all, it’s something they will want to do every year to commemorate the day and see how much they’ve grown. These Hand Print Turkeys are sure to become one of your most cherished Thanksgiving traditions with your children!

What You’ll Need:


Trace your child’s hand on the construction paper. You can have older children do this themselves or help the younger children.

Cut out the hand print, and use it to trace up to 6 total on different colored paper.

Cut out the shape and details of a turkey’s body (you can do this or have your children do this free-style).

Glue the hand prints and the body of the turkey together.

Write your child’s name, the date and how old they are somewhere on the body of the turkey.

Let them decorate their turkey while you prepare for the day’s festivities.

Make a hand print turkey with your children each Thanksgiving. Comparing how much their hands have grown each year will be fun for everyone! Once you have a few, you can even make a turkey banner and hang it up with your Thanksgiving decor each year.

Check out Food N’ Recipes for some great fall and Thanksgiving recipe ideas!

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Danielle is a Pittsburgh native who has been warming her “black and gold” blood in sunny Northern California for the past 6 years. On any given day, you can find her arranging ridiculous photo shoots of her one-year-old son Graeme and cat Gizmo, or working on any one of her 27,000 writing projects. She enjoys daydreaming about becoming a famous actress and starting a handful of different businesses with her husband over glasses of wine in the evenings. Someday, she hopes to travel the country in an RV with her family… but she needs to sell that novel first. You can follow her journeys through her blog With A Red Bird On My Shoulder

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