Turkey Hats

Creative Arts

2.5–6 years

Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate the holiday by making a fun and creative ‘Turkey Hat’. This activity helps develop fine-motor skills and is great for promoting imaginative play. 


  • 12” x 18” cardstock or construction paper (brown, orange, red, and yellow) 
  • Googly eyes (or draw eyes on a piece of white paper and cut out) 
  • 1 small bowl, 1 small cup (used to trace the circumference for the body and head of the turkey) 
  • Pen or pencil 
  • Children’s glue 
  • Scissors 
  • Sticky tape 
  • Stapler 



  1. Make the headband by cutting a piece of brown cardstock in half. Cut lengthwise. 
  2. Use a stapler to join both cut strips together to make one long strip. 
  3. Place the long strip around your child’s head, not too tight, and mark with a pencil. 
  4. Take the strip off and staple together to make a closed, circular headband. 

Head and body 

  1. Draw two circles on brown cardstock. Draw around a small bowl for the body, and a small cup for the head of the turkey. 
  2. Cut out both circles and tape together, ensuring the head overlaps the body. 

Face and feathers

  1. To make feathers, have your child trace their handprint using orange, red, and yellow cardstock. 
  2. Cut out each handprint and tape to the head of the turkey. Ensure the feathers (fingers) protrude from the head of the turkey. 
  3. Glue on two googly eyes and let set for 5 minutes. 
  4. Cut a small triangle from orange cardstock for the beak of the turkey. 
  5. Add a wattle by cutting a small, curved piece of red cardstock. 
  6. Glue the beak and wattle to the turkey head and let set.  
  7. Tape or staple the turkey to the headband to complete your turkey hat. 

Increase the Fun

Invite friends and family to participate in the festive fun and see who can make the most creative turkey hat. 

At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

Conversations with your child

  • Do you know what Thanksgiving is? 
  • Have you ever seen a real turkey? 
  • What sound does a turkey make? 
  • Let’s draw and cut out your handprint to make feathers 
  • How big do you want your turkey to be? 
  • Would you like to add any additional decorations to your turkey hat? 

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