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The Simplest Kid's Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint Poem

Quick and Easy Turkey Handprint and Poem Keepsake

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The Cutest DIY Turkey Handprint Poem

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, our turkey handprint poem craft is perfect. I have been doing this for years. I have to say I didn't write the poem but may have tweaked it over the years. I have no idea where it originally came from. When, we see our family on Thanksgiving we always want to bring something and what better than this adorable handprint keepsake? The grandparents love it and I love having this memory forever, because these kiddos grow too fast! It also works great for teachers in the classroom for a fun craft, although depending on the age of the kids, you made need to have extra help for this. In all honesty, it was pretty quick, and it turns out adorable. We have included the free printable below!


1. FREE printable turkey handprint poem (download below)

2. Acrylic Paint/Craft Paint (we used Artist's loft from Michael's)- Brown,

Green, Red, Yellow, and Orange

3. Card stock paper or plain white printer paper works fine too

4. Paint brush

5. Googly Eyes that stick or non-stickable with glue (or you can draw it on)

6. Orange, red, and black markers, crayons, or colored pencils

7. Baby wipes (to clean up, though soap and water works great too)

Step 1

Print out our turkey handprint template. This is for personal use only.

lovecocoandbean thanksgiving turkey hand
Download PDF • 43KB

Step 2

Using the paintbrush paint your child's hand and thumb brown. Use a good amount of paint as it dries quickly and if you want to make multiple Turkey Handprint Poems as gifts, it will last, and you won't have to reapply. Note, if your child is older, they can probably paint their own hand, but I still prefer to do it to avoid any mess.

Step 3

Paint the other fingers in the various other colors in any order you would like, using separate paint brushes for each.

Step 4

Take your child's hand and press firmly onto the paper underneath the poem. Have your child stay still and hold down for a little, until you are sure it has been transferred. If you are making multiples, be sure to have the papers lined up on a table and move on to the next one immediately after.

Step 5

Lift your child's hand off carefully and be sure to hold down the paper so it doesn't smudge.

Step 6

Let your turkey dry and then glue or stick on the googly eyes. We found sticky eyes at the Dollar Tree. If you don't have googly eyes, use a black marker to draw them on.

Step 7

Draw the beak in orange and the caruncles in red (that's the weird hanging thing on a turkey, lol). You can draw the legs in black (tip: draw a small straight line with an upside down "v")

Step 8

Give your turkey handprint poem to your grandparents, aunts, and uncles and enjoy the smiles on their faces. Happy Thanksgiving!

Comment below if you have tried this before or if you have done it a different way and send me your pictures when you try this so I can see just how creative you got!

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