Thank You Turkey

Make a paper plate turkey with a pouch where you can put all your "thank you" notes for your family members or classmates on Thanksgiving.
Thank You Turkey craft


  • Two paper plates
  • Construction paper
  • Poster paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Pencil
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Stapler (optional)
  • Craft foam (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Keep the stapler and glue gun out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Thank You Turkey 1. Obtain two identical-sized paper plates for the turkey's body.
Step 2 Thank You Turkey Ask for an adult's help.2. Cut one paper plate in half.
Step 3 Thank You Turkey 3. Paint the top surface of the whole paper plate and the bottom surface of the half paper plate with brown poster paint.
Step 4 Thank You Turkey 4. Once the paint dries, glue or staple the two plates along the edges.
Step 5 Thank You Turkey 5. Notice that the joined paper plates has a pouch or pocket.
Step 6 Thank You Turkey 6. Make the turkey's head by cutting out a circle from brown construction paper or craft foam. Glue this along the upper edge of the paper plate body.
Step 7 Thank You Turkey 7. Cut out a pair of small yellow triangles for the beak and a red teardrop shape for the wattle from construction paper or craft foam. Glue these onto the turkey's head. Add a pair of wiggle eyes to complete the face.
Step 8 Thank You Turkey 8. Trace your hand on yellow, orange, red and green construction paper. Cut out the handprints.
Step 9 Thank You Turkey 9. Make the turkey's tail by gluing the handprints in a fan-like arrangement behind the paper plate body.
Step 10 Thank You Turkey 10. On the days leading up to Thanksgiving, think about the things and the people that you are thankful for in your life. Write them down or draw them. You may even make "thank you" notes for your family members or classmates. Put all of these inside the turkey's pouch and share them with your family or class on Thanksgiving.

More Ideas

Thank You Turkey with strap Ask for an adult's help. Add a strap by taping or gluing (use glue gun) the ends of a ribbon or string at the back of the paper plate body. Hang your Thank You Turkey on the wall or tote it along with you to a Thanksgiving celebration.