Turkey tracks art is a fun and silly art activity to include with your other Thanksgiving activities for preschoolers and kindergarten kids.
Of course, you don’t have to try making these turkey footprints just in November. I think it would work well during a farm theme or a unit about birds. Whenever you decide to incorporate the pipe cleaner turkey feet art, I am positive your students will have a blast!
In addition to learning how to make turkey feet out of pipe cleaners, the kids get to be creative with a turkey-themed process art experience. Their fine motor skills get a ton of practice along the way, too. And if you make a class book using their turkey art, you have an abundance of literacy skills being touched on as well.
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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 art process! Even better, this turkey art is easy-peasy to set up and allows for a variety of learning opportunities.
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Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Art with Kids
During our morning welcome and sign-in time, a few children and I were chatting about a turkey Thanksgiving emergent reader 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 to Make the Turkey Art
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How to Make the Turkey Tracks
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 together, twisted them up, and bent it at a ninety-degree angle.
Writing it out makes it sound 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)!
Pro Tip: Add a straw to stabilize the turkey “leg” and make it easier for painting!
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See the Turkey Tracks Art in Action
Here’s a quick video to show you how to make the turkey art, and take a look at the printable you can use to make all the kids’ artwork into a class book:
Other Learning Possibilities with Turkey Art
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. Be sure to grab your free printable if you want to do this!
- 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 fall calendar numbers 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?
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Originally published November 21, 2015. Updated with new pictures and a free printable.