Thanksgiving Craft: Gumdrop Turkeys


Thanksgiving Crafts - Gumdrop Turkeys -

While Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared I love having activities and crafts that the kids can do to keep busy. These Gumdrop Turkeys are not only great fun for them to make, but they can create one for each family member and place them at each place setting so everyone can enjoy them. Because it involves sharp toothpicks and breaking them in half, I recommend having a young teen supervise the activity—just to be safe. They're inexpensive and the supplies are easily found at any grocery store. Most of all we've found that the kids love feeling like they are helping out (and that they can eat a few treats along the way)!

Gumdrop Turkeys


  • Large & small gumdrops (sold separately)
  • Toothpicks

Gumdrop Turkey Supplies


Step 1

Take 3 full length toothpicks and insert them on an angle into 3 small gumdrops

Gumdrop Turkeys - step 1

Step 2

Insert the full-length toothpicks in a tripod pattern into the bottom of a large gumdrop (this will be the body). Then add a 1/2 length toothpick for the head.

Gumdrop Turkeys - step 2

Step 3

Add a small gumdrop to the 1/2 length toothpick to make the turkey head. Then push four small gumdrops onto four 1/2 length toothpicks to make the feathers.

Gumdrop Turkeys - Step 3

Step 4

Push the four feathers into the back of the turkey body to make the feathers.

gumdrop turkey

Aren't they cute?! Whether for a school class craft or as a Thanksgiving Day activity for the little ones while dinner is being prepared, these gumdrop turkeys are fun and easy to make! I'll share more fun Thanksgiving crafts for kids as well as other holiday and party ideas in the coming weeks!

Gumdrop Turkey - Thanksgiving Craft

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving crafts?

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