Turkey Handprint

It's TURKEY TIME! Let's create, move, and discover how the process is more rewarding than the product.

Published on November 13, 2020

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  • Wipes
  • Paint (brown, red, orange, & yellow)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper
  • (Alternative) Crayons or Colored pencils


Time needed: 25 minutes

  1. Paint the hand brown for the body of the turkey
    TIP: You’ll want to do this quickly before the paint dries

  2. Press hand firmly onto the paper

  3. Wipe hand clean

  4. Use the paintbrush and brown paint to fill in all the gaps

  5. Rotate the paper and paint a circle for the turkey’s head

  6. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for red, orange, & yellow to create handprint feathers
    TIP: Don’t forget to wash your paintbrush between each new color!

  7. Use the orange paint for the beak and feet – Red for the wattle
    TIP: Don’t forget the eye!


  1. With fingers together, trace hand with brown crayon
  2. Rotate picture and draw a circle for the head
  3. Color in turkey body with the brown crayon
  4. Trace hand (with fingers apart) using different color crayons (yellow, orange, and red)
  5. Color each one in
    TIP: Try adding more feathers between the ones you’ve already traced
  6. Add a beak and feet using an orange crayon and use red for the wattle
    TIP: Don’t forget the eye!

The Importance of Process vs. Product

No matter what the final project looks like, it is important to remember how you got there! We can become frustrated with the outcome of something we spend time on, but the real reward is reflecting on what we learned along the way. Encouraging the child you are working with to try their best and to have fun is important! That might mean creating a turkey using the child’s favorite colors or decorating it with stickers and stamps. Remember, success isn’t found in perfection; it’s established in the process of trying something different or new!

The Basics – “Explore Through Movement and Play”

Have fun dancing and singing together to the “Turkey Hokey Pokey!” Click here to play along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxfajHBG9Rg