This Turkey Handprint Thanksgiving Craft for kids is so cute and easy to make using a free poem template I created for you. (Video tutorial included.)
Learn how to make this cute and easy turkey handprint Thanksgiving Craft with washable paints. The video tutorial will guide you on how to make this painted turkey handprint craft that childen of all ages will enjoy making. Besides, this sweet craft is suitable even for the youngest artists, and it makes a perfect keepsake. So, download the FREE turkey handprint poem printable, and let’s get crafting!
This activity is a fun Thanksgiving craft, preschool craft, school project, or weekend craft.
We love kids’ handprint art since they are part craft, part memory, and they also make a great gift. Here is the best handprint art-craft idea on the internet. This amazingly sweet turkey handprint craft is perfect for Thanksgiving and is very easy and fun to make with a free printable poem template. Toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids too will love making these sweet prints and end up with a cute keepsake to keep for years to come.
Why Do you Need to Make This Turkey Handprint Thanksgiving Craft
- It is simple.
- This craft does not take a lot of time to make.
- You will be using basic supplies like paints and brushes.
- It makes a great keepsake and a memory.
- It is suitable for children of all ages.
- The mess level is medium, and the paints wash off easily.
- FREE template printable (download below)
- 110 Lb heavy cardstock or watercolor paper
- tempera washable paints
- markers to draw the face and feet
- a small googly eye
I made this simple poem to promote literacy and to go along with the turkey handprint, and you can download it for FREE below.
Painting the Hand
If you’re doing this craft with a younger child, you will need to paint your child’s hand. While older children can paint their hands themselves.
Then, start with the brown paint, and paint it on your child’s palm and then the thumb.
Next, paint the other fingers. Choose any color combination you like, as every color will become our turkey’s feathers!
- Use plenty of paint and work quickly since the paint will start to dry.
- Use a different paintbrush for every color since you will need to work quickly.
- Make sure to have a recycled egg carton or a paper plate or newspaper to rest the wet paintbrushes on while you work on the next color.
- Have wet wipes ready and guide a child quickly to the sink so that they do not touch their clothes or the furniture before washing their hands.
Making a Print
Next, while a child spreads out their fingers a little, invite them to hold their hand flat and gently press the hand down onto the piece of white paper.
When it is time to lift the hand, hold the paper down, so it does stick to the wet painted hand, and ask a child to gently lift the hand off the paper without smudging the print.
Let the turkey handprint dry before decorating it.
Turkey Handprint Thanksgiving Craft Video Tutorial
How to Make A Perfect Handprint
One of the quickest ways to make a perfect handprint, press the painted hand down on canvas or heavy card stock. You can also pat the hand gently to ensure that the entire handprint will be transferred to paper. Hold the hand still for a few seconds before lifting it carefully. Make sure to keep the hand still to prevent smudging. Then, let your project dry before drawing on it or decorating it further. Lastly, remember to write a child’s name and the date.
We all loved how this turkey handprint craft turned out!
It was easy and fun to make, and if you make them throughout the years, do compare them next to each other to notice how your child’s hand is growing.
Did I mention they make the cutest keepsakes?
Turkey Handprint Thanksgiving Craft Poem
This isn’t just a turkey, as you can plainly see.Montessoti From The Heart
I made it with my hand, which is a part of me.
This card is very special. I dipped my hand in paint,
And pressed it firmly down, so turkey isn’t faint.
I hope you will remember this keepsake, made with love,
And even years later, when I am grown up.
This Free poem template printable is for personal use only, not for resale or distribution.
Have you tried making a Turkey Handprint Thanksgiving Craft? Leave a comment if you did!
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