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Turkey Day

Art Lesson
for Turkey Day

The students will create turkeys.


  • A wide variety of art materials - construction paper, craft feathers, paint, crayons, markers, etc.

  • A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman, if available.



  1. If the book is available, read the story to the students.  (The story centers on a group of townspeople creating turkeys out of a variety of materials.)

  2. Offer a wide variety of materials and allow the students to be as creative as possible in creating a turkey.

  3. Younger students may need some suggestions such as tracing their hands to create a turkey, painting a turkey by dipping a feather into paint and using it like a paintbrush, or gluing feathers in place on a drawn turkey.

  4. When the turkeys are complete, allow the students time to share how they created their turkey.


Other Lesson Ideas

  1. As a variation on the above lesson, provide a greater variety of materials allowing the students to create a three-dimensional turkey.

  2. Have the students drop small amounts of food coloring onto coffee filters cut in half.  Once these dry, they can serve as the fan of feathers for a turkey.  Have the students glue the filter onto construction paper and complete the turkey body with crayons, markers, or colored pencils.



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