HandPrint Turkey Craft for Kids

This handprint turkey craft has been a traditional kids Thanksgiving craft for generation. This one is so easy and inexpensive and is something you can charish for years. Each year your children can make a new hand turkey so that you can see just how much they have grown. This craft was a tradition for many growing up and have now passed this tradition on to their kids.

Gather up your craft supplies and let’s celebrate Thanksgiving by making this fun turkey craft.

HandPrint Turkey Craft for Kids


  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Red Construction Paper
  • Colored Construction Paper (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black Marker
  • Crayons or colored markers
  • Craft Store Eyes (optional)

How to Make a Handprint Turkey

Step 1: Take a piece of brown construction paper and place your hand on the paper with your fingers spread out.

Step 2: Now trace your hand with a pencil or marker making sure it’s dark enough to see for cutting. Have mom and dad help you trace it if it’s too hard to hold your hand still while you trace.

Step 3: Cut out the handprint along the traced lines. Make sure your mom, dad or grandparents are watching while you do the cutting or have them cut it out for you.

Step 4: Now it’s time to start turning your cutout hand into a turkey. The thumb portion of the cutout will be the turkey’s head. With a black marker, make a thick dot a little above the center tip of the thumbnail for the eye or glue on a wiggle eye.

Step 5: Let’s put the wattle on the turkey now. With the red construction paper, cut an oblong shape (make it a bit wiggly like the turkey’s wattle). Now glue this just under the chin (below the turkey’s mouth that you drew).

Step 6: Time to put some feathers on your turkey. You can just color each finger a different color to make the feathers or you can cut out some colored construction paper and glue a different color on each finger.

Our handprint turkey pictured above was completed by my grandson (at the time only 2 1/2 years old). Although we helped with the cutting and tracing, he put the whole thing together himself. So you see this is a great little kids Thanksgiving craft idea. You can add some real feathers to this fun turkey craft to make it extra special for Thanksgiving.