How dang adorable are these little handprint turkeys? This easy, kid-friendly craft requires just a few supplies, including finger paints and white paper. Handprint turkeys are the perfect craft to take to grandma and grandpa's house for the holiday, and can even be a fun day-of craft to keep older kids busy while parents watch some football and prepare all the turkey day snacks!

How to make handprint turkeys with kids of any age - makes a great surprise for grandparents

I love handprint crafts. Kids have a blast with them and they make such cute, personal gifts that friends and family members adore. Handprint crafts are also nice to save in a book to commemorate your child’s growth over the years. These little handprint turkeys are perfect to take to grandma and grandpa’s house for the holiday!

Handprint Turkeys

Finger paints
Small paintbrush
White butcher paper or construction paper
Computer, printer and printer paper
Glue stick

Paint the child’s palm and thumb brown and paint the remaining fingers four different colors. Pat the hand, paint-side down, firmly onto the butcher paper.

Use the paintbrush to paint yellow or orange claws onto the turkey.

Paint a beak and comb onto the turkey’s face.

Print out the following poem on printer paper: “This isn’t just a turkey as you can plainly see. I made it with my hand, which is a part of me. It comes with lots of love especially to say I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!” Cut it out and paste it next to the turkey handprint. If your child is learning how to write or learning cursive, having them write the poem out themselves is a nice way to get them to practice their writing skills.

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Show off your kid’s handiwork! Frame it, give it as a gift, or just display it proudly on the refrigerator for everyone to admire on Thanksgiving. For older kids, this craft could be a fun thing to do with cousins or other family members at the kids table on the actual day of Thanksgiving. It’s a great way to keep the crew occupied while the parents enjoy their football games and turkey day snacks! For easy cleanup, cover the whole craft table with butcher paper and keep baby wipes on hand to get finger paint off of little hands without a lot of fuss.

Have I mentioned that I'm 38 weeks pregnant now? Time flies! Our own little turkey is due to be born on November 24th, but at this point the doc says there's no way we'll make it that long. I'll probably be recovering from labor back home or enjoying Thanksgiving Day hospital food with our new baby. I'm sure some kind family member will bring us some Thanksgiving leftovers. I've stashed some turkey meatballs in the freezer and stocked up on powdered mashed potatoes and canned cranberry sauce just in case I happen to find myself at home and wanting to prep a little something for the family here. Nothing fancy, obviously, but we can get our turkey on one way or another.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?