Handmade Turkey Puzzle for Thanksgiving

I really love November!  It's a month that I like to refocus on the ideas of gratitude, family and connecting with the kids (especially before some of the chaos that the holiday season seems to usher in each year). 

And this week, we are featuring some great ideas for Celebrating Thanksgiving on the Discover & Explore linky!


 

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving seemed like such a long day.  Most of the adults were busy with baking and cooking, or watching football -- and as a kid it seemed like FOREVER before we could sit down to eat all the yummy pies that were tempting us from the kitchen counter. 

And now that I'm the one in the kitchen, I am reminded that having some fun activities for the kids makes the day much more enjoyable.  I usually pull together a few indoor activities they can do on their own along with one outdoor idea and one the whole family will enjoy.  This activity can cover all three areas if there's adults who like to craft too!

 

Handmade Turkey Puzzle

Handmade Thanksgiving Puzzle Craft

This craft is actually a two part activity and will not only give the kids some creative time but will also get them outdoors for a while too!

First, send the kids outside on a nature scavenger hunt to collect the supplies for the craft.  If there's bad weather or you have younger kids, you can also collect the items ahead of time (but I always find that some time outdoors to burn off a little energy allows kids to take more time with a craft like this one).

 

Craft supplies for Handmade Turkey Puzzle

For each turkey puzzle, you'll need:

  • Two rocks (one large for the body and one smaller one for the head)
  • 15 acorn tops (or more if you'd like more feathers)
  • Acrylic paints in various colors
  • Paintbrushes, smocks and paper to cover your work area

 

Turkey painting with acorns

Now comes the fun part -- painting!  We chose to use a copper paint for the turkey's body.  I used some traditional Thanksgiving colors (red, orange, yellow and purple) to paint the acorn tops which are used for the turkey's feathers. I like to encourage creativity so let the kids choose whatever colors they would like to use.  the beauty of the acorn tops is that you can hold those small stems while you paint the cap.

For the turkey's head, just add an eye, beak and gobbler with either paint, paint pens or even sharpie markers would work on the rock.

 

As you can see below, my daughter took a different route and used some bright neon colors for her turkey.  She's a stand-out kind of girl so it's the perfect turkey for her :)

Neon Turkey for Kids

And she also has the best ideas!  As we were drawing feet on the paper for our turkeys, she suggested that we use small sticks for their legs -- BRILLIANT!  So we will grab a few for the big day since that really would make a great addition to this nature-themed craft.

 

Turkey Activity for Thanksgiving Day

If you'd rather make the craft ahead of time to surprise the kids, it also makes a fun activity to keep them busy at the Thanksgiving table.  I tied a ribbon around a small box and enclosed all the pieces so it will be ready for us to take out on Thanksgiving Day.

 

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Comments

Guest - Shaunna Evans (website) on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:08

This is so fun! I love that you made it into a puzzle for others to enjoy over and over again.

This is so fun! I love that you made it into a puzzle for others to enjoy over and over again.
Guest - Emma @ P is for Preschooler (website) on Thursday, 07 November 2013 05:33

I love how it's made from nature material. Plus, just adorable!

I love how it's made from nature material. Plus, just adorable! :)
Guest - Theresa---Capri 3 (website) on Saturday, 09 November 2013 01:02

Your Turkey puzzle is super cute! Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday and for hosting the Thanksgiving crafts and activities linky.

Your Turkey puzzle is super cute! Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday and for hosting the Thanksgiving crafts and activities linky.
Guest - Natalie (website) on Friday, 15 November 2013 22:26

OMG, how cool is that? I am absolutely sharing it in my round up this week at Afterschool!

OMG, how cool is that? I am absolutely sharing it in my round up this week at Afterschool!
Guest - Anna@The Measured Mom (website) on Saturday, 16 November 2013 11:46

Very, very cute!! Thanks for linking up at After School.

Very, very cute!! Thanks for linking up at After School.
Guest - Rebecca (website) on Sunday, 17 November 2013 09:16

I have featured this lovely activity on The Sunday Showcase: 20 turkey activities for kids. http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/11/17/turkey-activities-for-kids.html

I have featured this lovely activity on The Sunday Showcase: 20 turkey activities for kids. http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/11/17/turkey-activities-for-kids.html
Guest - Nina (website) on Monday, 18 November 2013 17:13

How cute! I think part of the fan is definitely in the making of the puzzle, especially the painting part. Heck even the scavenging part. Love it!

How cute! I think part of the fan is definitely in the making of the puzzle, especially the painting part. Heck even the scavenging part. Love it!
Guest - Kim Vij (website) on Monday, 18 November 2013 19:48

Jacquie was an amazing collection you've gathered here for Thanksgiving! You’ve been featured on our After School Thanksgiving Roundup of Activities for School Aged Kids this week. Happy Thanksgiving! http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-activities-for-school-aged.html

Jacquie was an amazing collection you've gathered here for Thanksgiving! You’ve been featured on our After School Thanksgiving Roundup of Activities for School Aged Kids this week. Happy Thanksgiving! http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-activities-for-school-aged.html
Guest - Cindy deRosier (website) on Thursday, 21 November 2013 18:23

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured this project! You can see it here:

http://funfamilycrafts.com/turkey-puzzle/

If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured this project! You can see it here: http://funfamilycrafts.com/turkey-puzzle/ If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!
Guest - Victoria on Friday, 22 November 2013 15:07

Adorable! It gives me a lot of ideas for other natural, non-traditional style puzzles as well!

Adorable! It gives me a lot of ideas for other natural, non-traditional style puzzles as well!
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