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Thanksgiving Art from the Tiniest Hands
Create Thanksgiving turkey handprint art with your kids that's also a keepsake. A turkey handprint makes a lasting impression you can repeat each year to watch your children's hands grow.
There are two versions of this craft. Show off your child's full handprints (pictured left) or add feathers over your child's fingers (pictured right). These instructions have you covered, no matter which style you prefer.
Before you get started:
While the smallest hands can participate in this craft, some steps... require the use of scissors. Adult supervision is required.
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Your Supply ListThe supplies you need to complete this Thanksgiving project will cost around $10:
- Two Wiggly Eyes (One if you are only making one handprint turkey)
- White Acrylic Paint
- Light Brown Acrylic Paint
- Red Acrylic Paint
- Yellow Acrylic Paint
- Thick Light Blue Paper (12x12 Used for This Project)
- Thick Green Paper
- Thick Yellow Paper
- Thick Orange Paper
- Pen or Pencil
- Cotton Ball
- Wax Paper or Paper Plate to Use as a Paint Palette
- 8 Feathers (Optional)
Note: Verify all... paint is non-toxic before your children put their hands in it.
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Dip Your Child's Hand in the PaintSquirt the light brown paint onto a piece of wax paper or a paper plate. Spread it out enough to cover the width and height of your child's hand.
Place your child's hand, palm down, into the paint. Make sure the entire hand is coated but not over-saturated. You want to make sure the sweet lines of your child's fingers and palm show up on the paper instead of gloppy paint.
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Make the Turkey BodiesHelp your child place his left hand flat on the light blue paper. Repeat with the right hand so the turkeys face each other. The thumbs will act as turkey necks and heads.
For older children or a smaller paper size, two hands may not fit on the page. Instead of making two turkey bodies, your child can make one in the center of the paper.
Allow the paint to dry.
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Paint the Turkey's WaddleUse the paintbrush and red paint to give each turkey a waddle. Paint should be completely dry before moving on.
Note: For more fun, let kids who can use a paintbrush add the turkey's body parts themselves. This Thanksgiving craft doesn't require a professional-looking paint job.
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Paint the Turkey Legs and BeakWith the yellow paint, add the turkey's legs and beak. Paint on turkey toes but don't stress over making them perfect. The feet will mostly be covered up with grass.
Let the paint dry.
Tip: Give the turkeys character. Paint long legs and a skinny beak on one, chubby legs and a short beak on the other. You can't mess up this turkey craft.
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Make the SunOn the back of your yellow sheet of paper, draw a circle freehand or sketch around the bottom of a toilet paper roll. Cut out the sun.
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Draw the SunbeamsPlace your sun on the back of the orange paper and draw triangles all the way around the circle. These will become your sunbeams.
Cut out the orange sunbeams.
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Finish the SunFlip over the yellow sun and orange sunbeams so any pen or pencil marks from your drawing don't show. Glue the yellow sun in the center of your orange sunbeams.
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Draw the GrassOn the back of the green piece of paper, draw zigzag lines of various heights and widths. This will become your grass.
Just use your pen or pencil marks as a guide. The scissors will make straight lines for you.
Cut out the grass. Turn it over to hide any pen or pencil lines.
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Glue the Scene TogetherGlue the sun with sunbeams onto the light blue paper. Glue the grass across the bottom of the light blue paper.
Also glue one wiggle eye on the turkey near the top of your child's thumb imprint. Repeat for the other turkey.
Allow everything to dry.
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Paint the CloudsDip the cotton ball in white paint. Dab the cotton ball onto the light blue paper to make clouds.
Try not to smear the cotton ball across the page. Simple up and down movements will give your clouds a puffy appearance.
Let the paint dry.
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The Turkey Handprint Without FeathersThis version is complete if you would like your child's turkey handprint to show off his entire hand. Or you can continue through two more steps to have an alternate turkey handprint with feathers.
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Cut FeathersFor version two of the turkey handprint, you'll be adding feathers. Cut a feather to be about the same length of one your child's fingers on the turkey handprint. Repeat until you've finished all eight feathers.
Note: You will only need four feathers if you just have one turkey handprint on the page.
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The Turkey Handprint With FeathersGlue a feather over each finger until you've finished all eight. Wait for the glue to dry.
You've now completed version two of the turkey handprint. Be sure your child signs and dates the back after the glue dries.