Are you ready to disguise a turkey for Thanksgiving-themed fun? You can’t make it through November without this classic Turkey Disguise Project! Kids love coming up with their own creative ideas. Not only do we have a fantastic turkey in disguise idea to share below, but we also have a free printable to help you get started!


Fun Turkey In Disguise Ideas

Thanksgiving isn’t complete until you’ve read Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano and Lee Harper. It’s a great starting point for introducing the idea of a turkey in disguise project.

This Thanksgiving craft for kids makes a great tradition to do year after year especially for our kindergarten and 1st graders!

This activity not only encourages creativity but can also be a great way for kids to practice storytelling, critical thinking, and artistic skills.

Plus, it’s a lighthearted way to celebrate Thanksgiving and emphasize the importance of gratitude and empathy toward all living creatures, even those that might end up on the dinner table in traditional Thanksgiving feasts.

Grab the free turkey in disguise printable below, and some colored markers for a fun and easy Thanksgiving activity.

Of course, we also have fun with Thanksgiving slime, Thanksgiving STEM activities and loads more Thanksgiving art and craft activities!

Tips For A Turkey In Disguise Project

The goal is to have kids use their creativity to disguise a turkey, making it look like something other than a turkey to save it from becoming Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a fun and imaginative way to engage kids in arts and crafts while celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.

You want to hand out a picture or cutout of a turkey and get kids to decorate it in a way that transforms it into something else entirely. The possibilities are limited only by the imagination!

Note: Want to come up with your own Turkey Disguise idea? Try this turkey template to get started.

TIP 1: Provide a Variety of Craft Supplies

Offer various craft supplies such as colored paper, markers, stickers, fabric scraps, googly eyes, feathers, and more. A diverse selection of materials will help kids bring their turkey disguises to life and add depth to their projects.

TIP 2: Explain the Concept and Tell a Story

Discuss the concept of the project with the children and explain that the goal is to save the turkey from becoming Thanksgiving dinner by giving it a creative disguise. Encourage them to think about the backstory of their turkey’s disguise. Why did the turkey choose this particular disguise, and what adventures does it go on while in costume?

TIP 3: Display and Share

Once the turkey disguises are complete, consider displaying them creatively and festively. This could be on a bulletin board or as part of a Thanksgiving decoration. Encourage children to share their turkey in disguise projects with their classmates, friends, or family, along with the stories they’ve created for their disguised turkeys.

Click here to get your free turkey in disguise printable!

King of Hearts Turkey In Disguise

Here’s a new spin on a Thanksgiving favorite! Poor Tom the turkey doesn’t want to be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, he decides to disguise himself as the king of hearts.

Note: This idea is a great starting point to encourage your kiddos to come up with their own unique disguise a turkey ideas!


  • Colored marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Watercolor
  • Cotton swab
  • Blank paper
  • Printable turkey in disguise

TIP: Make your own watercolor paint with our easy watercolor paints recipe.


STEP 1. Print the turkey in disguise template.


STEP 2. Color the turkey with markers and then cut out the shapes.


STEP 3. Paint the blank paper with watercolor paint using the cotton swab.


Check out more fun and easy watercolor art projects here!


STEP 4. Glue the colored turkey onto the paper.


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Printable Fall Art Project Pack

Everything you need is included in this Fall Art Project Pack. Just add art supplies! Perfect for kids of all ages to enjoy with a variety of techniques. Whether in the classroom, at home, or with groups, there is a fantastic variety of art activities to try!

Find all the instructions and templates necessary for over 40 art projects this Fall.

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