This is one of those activities that happened on-the-fly in preschool, as a result of a simple conversation. It’s such fun when things like that happen, as the kiddos get very excited about the entire process! Even better, this turkey art is easy-peasy to set up and allows for a variety of learning opportunities.
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During our morning welcome and sign-in time, a few children and I were chatting about a turkey book we’d made. This led to one of the kiddos asking why the turkeys in the book didn’t look scared, “because if I was a turkey, I’d be scared!” I asked what she’d do if she was a turkey, and she told me she’d run and hide away so she wouldn’t be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner.
This led to a lively discussion about places to hide and what turkey footprints look like. Once everyone had their say, and we’d confirmed what turkey footprints look like, we decided to make silly turkey tracks art!
Materials we used
Thin orange pipe cleaners
Orange tempera paint
Brown tempera paint
White construction paper
What we did
I bent the pipe cleaners to look like turkey feet. I made three u-shapes in the middle of the pipe cleaner, then pressed them together. Then I brought both ends of it together, twisted them up, and bent it at a ninety-degree angle. Writing it out makes it more difficult than it was!
Once I had a few sets of “feet”, we grabbed orange and brown paint. The children pressed the feet into the paint, then had them walk all over construction paper. Some of the children were very methodical about it, making sure to use two feet and “walking” them across the paper. Others had fun bouncing the turkey feet pipe cleaners all over the paper.
Once the turkey track paintings were done, I wrote each child’s contribution on their paper. Some of the turkeys hid in the forest, up a tree, or behind a bush. Others hid in the classroom, while one decided to hide in a volcano (we had a fun discussion about that one, let me tell you)!
Other learning possibilities
There really are a lot of ways to take this activity and make something a little different with it. For us, we focused on literacy, fine motor skills, and fun with creativity. Here are a few other ideas:
- This turkey art activity is a great extension of the book Run, Turkey, Run! The children’s artwork could be bound and turned into a class version of that book.
- The kids could use the turkey tracks to make patterns with different colors of paint.
- Turkey track letters and/or names would be awesome!
- Bring out some number cards and the kiddos can make the appropriate amount of turkey tracks based on that.
Now that I’ve shared our silly and fun turkey art, what do you think? How would your kids create? Where would their turkeys hide?