Mini Monets and Mommies: Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey Craft with Sensory Play!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey Craft with Sensory Play!

The Thanksgiving handprint turkey. Once your child reaches a certain age, you’ll have amassed a stockpile of these cutesy holiday crafts. That said, I’m always looking for a way to take it for a twist. Well, not always (that would be kind of weird if I spent all of my free time pondering this type of art activity!).

Turkey Crafts

The other day we were making shaving cream cornucopias. Sounds a little odd, but total messy fun! We had a lot of leftovers, so I put the shaving cream to use – making a DIY puff paint handprint turkey.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Shaving cream

·        Tempera paint – You can use powdered or liquid

·        Card stock paper

·        Wax paper--  It’s an easy-to-use (and inexpensive) palette for the paint.

·        Optional—1 googley eye and school glue

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Squeeze a few mounds of shaving cream onto the wax paper.

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2.     Add one color of paint per mound. Your child can use her hands to mix the colors in.

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3.     Coat your child’s hand (the palm side) with the shaving cream paint. You can use one color or make her palm (which will be the turkey’s body) a different shade than her fingers (the feathers).

Shaving cream
4.     Press your child’s hand down on the paper. Make sure that she stretches her thumb out to create the bird’s head and neck.

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5.     Finger paint a few more colors. Your child can layer on more shaving cream paint to make feathers or distinguish the turkey’s face.

6.     Dab on a beak and the waddle. Your child can use the side of her pointer finger or her pinky to finger paint the facial features.

Finger Paint
7.     Optional: Glue an eye (the picture is in profile, so your child will only need one) onto the face.

Handprint turkey
Add to the turkey time fun and try another Thanksgiving art activities. So far, we’ve made a popcorn print turkey (yes, you can eat the leftovers that you don’t use to paint with), and egg carton bird and a shaving cream shape version.

Are you look for even more Thanksgiving themed activates? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas galore!
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  1. How fun! I've never tried paint mixed with shaving cream. I'm putting it on the list! Pinning.

    1. Thanks! It's so much fun- something a little different for the kids to try!

  2. Does it dry just fine on on the paper without disappearing when dry?

  3. I wanted to share an idea that could make a positive impact in our community and impress upon children the importance of taking care of our environment. How about incorporating discussions about recycling and waste management into your crafting sessions?

    To make it even more engaging, you can create a recycling schedule. Find out the recycling pick-up days or drop-off locations in your area and create a visual chart or calendar. This will help children understand when and how to recycle different materials properly.

    Encourage kids to identify recyclable items used in their crafts, like plastic containers or paper scraps, and discuss the correct way to dispose of them. By instilling these habits early, we can teach children the value of recycling and keeping our city clean.