I know it seems like once Halloween passes, you are all ready to jump ahead to Christmas planning. But don’t miss out on fabulous Thanksgiving turkey crafts this season. It’s the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving lesson plans or weekend activities. From coffee filters to pool noodles, take everyday supplies and transform them into the cutest turkeys ever!


Easy Turkey Projects For Thanksgiving

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Thanksgiving”? TURKEYS, of course! Add these simple Thanksgiving turkey crafts to your lesson plans this year.

Our arts and crafts are designed with you, the parent or teacher, in mind. Easy to set up quickly, most activities take only 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Plus, our supply lists usually contain only free or cheap materials you can source from home.

Here, you will find easy turkey projects for preschool and kindergarten, and older kids, too! If you want to set up a fun turkey art and craft project or two, let’s grab the supplies. While at it, check out these other fun Thanksgiving activities for kids below.

Thanksgiving Worksheets – Over 100 pages of printable Thanksgiving activities including, science activities, STEM challenges, art and craft activities, puzzles, games, and more.

Thanksgiving STEM Activities – Thanksgiving science experiments, engineering activities, coding, and STEM challenge ideas for kids to enjoy.

STEMS-GIVING – Complete with a printable menu to download, this STEMs-Giving is all about hands-on learning with food science!

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Why Do Art With Kids?

Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brains, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!

Art and crafts are a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively. Adding a seasonal theme such as Thanksgiving helps them explore and understand what Thanksgiving is all about!

Simple, easy Thanksgiving crafts allow toddlers to preschoolers to practice many valuable skills for life and learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.

For elementary and middle school grades and older kids, art is fantastic for relaxation and a good outlet to express themselves through creativity. From process art to exploring famous artists, these Thanksgiving art activities are a valuable resource to have on hand!

Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!

Creative work, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences. In other words, it’s good for them!

Helpful Art Resources To Get You Started

Here are a few resources to help you introduce art more effectively to your kids or students and feel confident when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.

Free Thanksgiving Art Project


Fun Turkey Crafts

Choose from the following turkey craft ideas for preschoolers to elementary! Click on each link or image below for the full instructions and supplies list.


Here, we have coffee filters and clothespins from the Dollar Store that transform into the cutest Thanksgiving Turkeys ever. And there’s even a little bit of Thanksgiving science involved!

Coffee Filter Turkeys


Grab the crayons or colored pencils for this simple to set-up Turkey color by numbers activity.



This easy paper plate turkey craft for kids is a fun Thanksgiving craft! It’s simple enough to make with a large classroom full of kids or at home, too!



Grab your scissors and craft paper, as we have a fun paper turkey craft to share with you! It is a fun example of rubbings, one of the earliest forms of printmaking.

Paper Turkey Craft


Explore the fun side of the famous artist, Pablo Picasso this Thanksgiving by making Picasso inspired turkey art. An easy way to learn about abstract art for kids of all ages!

Picasso Turkey Art


Transform a dollar store pool noodle into cute turkeys, just in time for Thanksgiving! It’s the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving lesson plans or weekend activity.

Pool Noodle Turkey


Make Thanksgiving fun this year with this adorable Turkey Hat craft for kids! It’s made using just construction paper and a glue stick, and kids love it!

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Turkey Hat Craft


You can’t make it through November without this classic Turkey Disguise Project! Kids love coming up with their own disguise ideas. Not only do we have an awesome turkey in disguise idea to share, we also have a free turkey template to help you get started!

Turkey In Disguise Craft

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.

Apples, pumpkins, leaves, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!

Explore process art, STEAM, and even famous artists with these very doable art activities that won’t break the budget or the time you have available!