We love using November to celebrate thankfulness and gratitude as Thanksgiving approaches. You can have lots of meaningful discussions about showing your thanks this month. Use these colorful Thankful Turkeys to allow students to share what they are thankful for in their lives. The crafts are simple to print and fun to complete! Families and peers will enjoy seeing these turkeys on the walls this Thanksgiving. You can find the craft HERE.
Favorite Thankful Read Alouds
You can pair this fun Thankful Turkey craft with a book about being thankful. You can read one a day to spread them out across the month. Here are some of our favorites!
- Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
- Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer
- Splat Says Thank You by Rob Scotton
- The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
- Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
- The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
These are just SOME of our favorites and not all of them are Thanksgiving themed, but they illustrate the idea behind being thankful so well!
Completing the Turkey Craft
To complete this Thankful Turkey Craft, you’ll need the step by step instructions provided in the download, the templates, scissors and glue. The templates can be printed onto colorful cardstock. I like to print out a bunch of the feathers on multiple pieces of paper and let the kids pick their own colors. You can encourage them to select multiple colors for a brighter and more colorful turkey if you’d like. I prefer the turkey with a rainbow of colors.
If you want, you can also print the templates onto thick cardstock to be traced onto colored paper. Then, you can reuse the tracing templates year after year.
Before assembling the turkey, have your students write their name on the primary lines on the turkey’s body. Then, have them write something they are thankful for on each of the colored feathers. If the students are having trouble writing, you can always write their words for them.
Once they have finished writing, glue the turkey’s feet and their feathers onto the body. Don’t forget the eyes, beak and wattle. The kids will love seeing their completed turkey crafts hanging up around the room.
Other Seasonal Writing Crafts
Not only do I have this Thankful Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving, but I also have fun writing crafts for most of the other holidays. Included in this Seasonal Writing Craft Bundle are candy corn, fall tree, unicorn, Cinco de Mayo, Valentine’s Day, football player, Day of the Dead, Christmas Vacation, New Year’s writing and more! Each of them has a fun craft and short writing prompt to complete.
I hope you enjoy all of these seasonal writing crafts and your students have fun writing about what they are thankful for this November.
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