With November upon us, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but you may still have a lot of pumpkins left from Halloween festivities! Mini pumpkins are always a favorite of mine for classroom use because they are the perfect size for Kindergarten kids. These mini pumpkin turkeys are an adorable (and tasty) Thanksgiving craft to make and send home with your students, or to use as centerpieces for a Thanksgiving classroom party (set them on these fun Thanksgiving placemats for kids to color!)
Mini-Pumpkin Turkeys Thanksgiving Craft
To get ready to make this fun Thanksgiving craft, you will need to gather up your supplies.
You will need:
- Mini or small pumpkins
- Suckers—Dum Dums or Tootsie Pops (can’t use candy at school? Make them with feathers instead!)
- 1 piece red felt
- 1 piece orange felt
- Googly eyes
- Glue (tacky glue works well for this)
- Small Phillips screwdriver
Time to Create!
Are you ready to make some pumpkin turkeys?
First, cut out 3 triangle shaped beaks from the orange felt, and cut out 3 wattles from the red felt. Just make the sizes of these match the pumpkin sizes.
*I would show kids how to draw their own with a Sharpie and cut them out, or you could draw it and let them cut them out – but the goal is to have them participate in this as much as possible! Yes, you may have some giant beaks as big as the pumpkin – but that is part of the fun and what makes them unique!
After you glue the eyes, beaks, and wattles on each pumpkin, it’s time to poke the holes in the top! This is where you will want adult help.
I recommend not doing this activity whole class (can someone say circus?) 😉 but instead pulling kids over in small groups to make their pumpkin turkeys.
On the top of each pumpkin behind the stems, poke 4-5 holes about an inch apart with your screwdriver.
You could let kids help with the holes once you get them started – don’t be afraid of letting them use the screwdriver if you show them how to do it appropriately!
Now comes the best part and what is sure to be every kid’s favorite!
Once the holes are in there, push a sucker into each hole about halfway down the sucker stick.
Your turkeys are complete!
What a festive and fun Thanksgiving centerpiece they are!
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