We were trying to find a way to turn our kids into turkeys in an instant; they were working on a play for Thanksgiving and wanted to add an element of surprise without giving the everyone's-a-turkey-in-the-end away. So I came up with this simple design:
You'll need (per mask): printable pattern in pdf format brown construction paper (or white and the kids can color their own) scrap of red construction paper scrap of yellow construction paper wooden dowel, chopstick or straw (or thin elastic band) bit of packing or scotch tape
2. Cut out the pattern pieces and glue the beak to the bottom center of the mask. Then glue the red gobbler part slightly overlapping the beak and brown paper.
We've laminated our masks at this point so we can use them in years to come. This is optional.
3. Attach a dowel, craft stick, chopstick or straw to the back of the mask. We've used clear packing tape to tape a thick craft straw towards the back right side of our turkeys. That way it can be used as a handle. You could also punch two little holes into the sides of the mask and run some elastic through, so it can be worn without having to hold it up to the face.
This is a sweet little craft project. It's no-mess (YAY!) No glue needed. Our Kindergarten classes had great fun coloring and cutting, and so did the 6th graders!!! Well... Mom had fun, too :) .... You might even be able to print this and get it ready for the road trip to grandma's house; just put the pattern, crayons and scissors in a large ziploc- type bag, provide the kids with a lap-tray, and they can create a table-decoration for the holiday table (or two, or three....)
Instructions are really simple:
All you need is some cardstock or thick construction paper, crayons, markers, or watercolors, and scissors. No glue involved!! Oh, and the pattern (click here to print) Print out the pattern on your choice of paper.
Then color in your bird. Lifelike, rainbow colors, anything goes!
Cut out the pattern pieces along the outside lines. Then snip into the back of the body along both the dotted lines just to the T.
The same for the bottoms of the tails, snip the dotted lines up to the T.
Insert the smaller tail into the front slot on the turkey's back, the larger piece in the back. That's it!! You can stand the turkey upright on the table or do what our 1st grade class did: They punched a little hole into the top of the larger tail and hung them from the ceilings! They had turkeys in flight.