Kids Craft: How to Make a Nature-Inspired Turkey

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Wow, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And boy does my family have a lot to be thankful about. We live in a town in New Jersey called Bayonne. The Bayonne Bridge connects Bayonne, New Jersey to Staten Island, New York. We weathered Hurricane Sandy; perhaps you have seen pictures of the devastation in Staten Island. Our town was not damaged as bad as other areas, but neighbors close to us lost so much. We were lucky—slight property damage and loss of power and heat for five days. Two days after Sandy, my little family took a walk to try to get some essentials (milk, etc.). It was rough to bear the sights we saw. The neighbors' houses wrecked, the fallen trees, fallen power lines. It was especially hard to see the sadness in my three-and-a-half-year-old's face when he saw the playground was wrecked.

My tot slept through the actual hurricane and took the power outage in stride. This is really no small feat. Gabriel is autistic. He is on the spectrum with PDD-NOS. He looked at the TV and exclaimed, "Broken!" then went ahead and grabbed his ABC puzzle to complete with me. I am so thankful for my boy. He is the light of my life. We finally got to a playground that had suffered minimal destruction this past weekend. And, besides running, sliding, swinging, and meeting up with friends, it was the perfect time to gather leaves to make this nature-inspired turkey Thanksgiving card.

How to Make a Nature-Inspired Turkey Thanksgiving Card


  • 4 sheets of construction paper—brown, orange, red, and any other color of your choice for the card/background
  • Leaves
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue


Assemble your pieces:

  • Brown construction paper—Cut out a large circle for the turkey's *back* body and another piece for the turkey's *front* body shape
  • Orange construction paper—Cut out a tiny triangle for the beak
  • Red construction paper—Cut out a tiny "wattle" (what my tot calls the gobbler 😉 )

Take the background sheet of construction paper (we used yellow) and fold it in half. Take the leaves and glue them onto the paper, fanned out. Glue the brown circle onto the leaves. Glue the turkey body onto the circle. Create the face by gluing on the eyes, beak, and wattle. Allow to dry. Write "HAPPY THANKSGIVING" across the top.

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving. My family will be counting its blessings. Please write a note below stating one of your blessings!

How do you like to celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends?

Hi, I'm Elisha, "Lishie" as my friends call me. I'm a full-time commuting (NJ to NY) working mom of a special needs child Gabriel, 3 and a 1/2, who I adore. I love to read, craft, cook, bake, and spend time with my family. I blog about food on DeLish DeMaria and I blog about crafting with my tot on art for an archangel.

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I am a f/t working mom of a special needs tot, Gabriel, 3 & 1/2 We love to craft together & I love to cook & bake from scratch. I have two blogs: art for an archangel (craft blog) DeLish DeMaria (food blog)

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