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Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint-Footprint Craft

Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint-Footprint Craft

My toddler daughter and I love making handprint and footprint crafts together. She always gets super excited when I tell her that we are making a craft. I love doing a fun activity with her that gives me a little piece of her locked in time. For Thanksgiving this year, she and I made a Thanksgiving turkey handprint-footprint craft.

Materials

  • Brown, red, orange, yellow, white, and black nontoxic paint
  • Blank paper
  • Paper plate or scrap cardboard
  • Cotton ball
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Pour a small amount of brown paint onto the cardboard.
  2. Use a cotton ball to spread a thin layer of paint on the bottom of your child’s foot.
  3. Press the footprint onto the center near the bottom of the sheet of paper.
  4. Wash the paint off your child’s foot.
  5. Use a paintbrush to paint the turkey’s legs descending from the heel of the footprint.
  6. Pour some red paint onto the cardboard.
  7. Use a cotton ball to spread a thin layer of red paint on your child’s palm.
  8. Press the handprint on the left side of the brown footprint with the palm of the handprint touching the side of the footprint.
  9. Wash the paint off your child’s hand.
  10. Use a cotton ball to spread a thing layer of red paint on your child’s thumb.
  11. Press the thumbprint in the center of the brown footprint to form the turkey’s wattle.
  12. Wash the paint off your child’s thumb.
  13. Pour some orange paint onto the cardboard.
  14. Use a cotton ball to spread a thin layer of orange paint on your child’s palm.
  15. Press the handprint above the brown footprint with the palm of the handprint touching the toes of the footprint.
  16. Wash the paint off your child’s hand.
  17. Pour some yellow paint onto the cardboard.
  18. Use a cotton ball to spread a thin layer of yellow paint on your child’s palm.
  19. Press the handprint on the right side of the brown footprint with the palm of the handprint touching the side of the footprint.
  20. Wash the paint off your child’s hand.
  21. Pour some white paint onto the cardboard.
  22. Use a cotton ball to spread a thin layer of white paint on your child’s finger.
  23. Press two white fingerprints above the red thumbprint to form the turkey’s eyes.
  24. Wash the paint off your child’s finger.
  25. Pour some black paint onto the cardboard.
  26. Use a paintbrush to paint two black pupils in the center of the white fingerprints.

With each holiday of the year, my toddler daughter and I enjoy making footprint and handprint crafts together. For Thanksgiving this year, she and I made an adorable Thanksgiving handprint-footprint Turkey craft.

Red, Orange, Yellow, Brown, White, and Black Acrylic Paint Brown Footprint

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Red Handprint and Red Thumbprint on Brown Footprint Adding an Orange Handprint

Adding a Yellow Handprint Adding Two White Fingerprints

Painting Black Dots on the White Fingerprints Painting the Turkey Legs

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Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint-Footprint Craft

Happy Thanksgiving! For more fun turkey crafts, try my T Is for Turkey Handprint Craft, Turkey Sibling Footprint Craft, Paper Handprint Turkey Craft, Paper Plate Turkey Craft, Pinecone and Pipe Cleaner Turkey Craft, Pinecone and Construction Paper Turkey Craft, Heart Turkey Craft, and Turkey Handprint Craft.

Image Credits

Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint-Footprint Craft © 2013 Heather Johnson
Red, Orange, Yellow, Brown, White, and Black Acrylic Paint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Brown Footprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Red Handprint and Red Thumbprint on Brown Footprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Adding an Orange Handprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Adding a Yellow Handprint © 2013 Heather Johnson
Adding Two White Fingerprints © 2013 Heather Johnson
Painting Black Dots on the White Fingerprints © 2013 Heather Johnson
Painting the Turkey Legs © 2013 Heather Johnson
Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint-Footprint Craft © 2013 Heather Johnson

Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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