Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

Talking with adults helps children to develop vocabulary and language skills that help them to learn to read when they begin school. Here’s a fun seasonal craft for Thanksgiving that will help get the conversation started.


  • brown and yellow construction paper
  • scissors
  • one brass fastener
  • several paint color samples
  • a marker or pen
  • googley eyes (optional)
  • hole punch
  • glue

To Make:

Cut a circle from the brown paper. (This will form the turkey’s body and head.) Cut a small triangle (a beak) from the yellow paper. Glue the googley eyes and beak to the brown circle to make the turkey’s face. Trim the ends of the paint samples so that they resemble feathers. Use a hole punch to punch a hole near the bottom of the circle under the eyes and beak. Use a hole punch to punch a hole near one end of each of the feathers. Talk with your child about what it means to be thankful. Write one thing that your child is thankful for on the top of each of the feathers. You can also add pictures to the feathers. Attach the feathers to the turkey’s body with the brass fastener and fan them out to make a tail. You now have a thankful turkey decoration.

Tip: You can also use this craft to teach the words for colors. Write the word for each color on the top of the paint sample feathers.



This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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