Give this turkey a hand

Remember making hand turkeys? Here's a twist on the classic: a hand and foot turkey. 

You'll Need

  • Construction paper (red, orange, yellow, green, brown, blue)
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue stick


30 minutes

Learning Stages

By Candace Lindemann
Children's Author & Education Consultant

Candace Lindemann is a published children’s writer and educational consultant. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. You can also find Candace blogging at While Candace’s degrees prepared her for a career in education, she’s found that the best preparation for parenting is on-the-job training.

Remember making hand turkeys? Here's a twist on the classic: a hand and foot turkey. 



  1. Stack your red, orange and yellow paper and trace both hands on the top sheet of paper.
  2. Trace a foot on the brown paper.
  3. Cut out the hand and foot outlines. Set aside the scraps to make the beak and feet.
  4. Cut a two-inch wide strip of the green paper and fringe-cut it for grass. Paste the "grass" on the blue paper.
  5. Paste the hand shapes onto the blue paper in a fan shape. These are the tail feathers.
  6. Paste the foot shape, wider end down (my kids wanted to paste it the opposite, of course, I let them decide that for themselves), onto the center of the tail feathers. This is the body.
  7. Cut feet and wattle shapes out of the red paper and a triangle out of the orange for the beak. Paste the googly eyes, beak, wattle and feet onto the paper.

Gobble, Gobble!



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