Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to teach children the virtue of gratitude. This adorable cardboard thankful turkey craft is simple enough for preschool and kindergarten students to complete with a bit of help or for older children to do on their own.
One of the things I love most about this craft is that we already had everything we needed on hand! The supplies are simple:
- Template (see below)
- Cardboard (the inside of cereal or cracker boxes work well)
- Colored cardstock (red, orange, yellow, and green)
- Googly eyes
- Colored cardstock
If you are doing this craft with a classroom full of students you may consider cutting out all the pieces beforehand so that the children just have to assemble the turkey with glue. However, if you are just doing this with a few kids it is wonderful fine motor practice for them to trace and cut all the pieces themselves.
Making a Cardboard Thankful Turkey Craft
The first and most important step is to download the free turkey template below. We printed it out on white cardstock so that it would be sturdy.
We cut each piece of the template out and set them aside.
I traced the body of the turkey onto cardboard and cut it out.
Using a bunch of fall-colored cardstock I traced the feathers onto the different colors.
We cut out the feathers and glued eight of them onto the back of each turkey body.
We traced the wattle, beak, and two feet onto colored cardstock and cut them each out.
Carefully, we glued the beak and wattle to the turkey’s face along with two googly eyes. Finally, we glued the two feet to the bottom of the back of the turkey so they looked like they were peeking out from underneath the fat turkey breast. The turkey was so cute!
I helped the younger kids write the names of people, objects, and ideas that they are thankful for on the turkey’s feathers. The older kids wrote their own words.
The kids were thrilled to take their cardboard thankful turkey craft home to show their family and friends. Not only is it a cute Thanksgiving craft, but it also provides such a lovely way for the children to discuss the good things in their lives with others.
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Download your free Cardboard Thankful Turkey Craft template below!
Click the picture below to download.
I hope that you and your students enjoy this precious thankful turkey craft!
is there a way i can get a copy of the template for this? i clicked the link to get it but it says not found.
Thanks for reaching out! Check your email – I’ve sent you the craft.
I am also having difficulty getting the template. Can you please help
What a great craft! I requested the template twice. Is there a specific address I should look out for? Checking my junk box to be safe!
I’d love a copy of the template as well. Thanks
I have also requested this craft twice and have not received an email yet. Help please!!
Me too please! I also requested it twice and haven’t received it
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Can I get this too?? I’ve looked for the template and it doesn’t come up!!
Hi Britney, please scroll down to the bottom of the post and you’ll see the click here to download button. The template will be sent to your email that you enter. Be sure to check your spam or others folders, as it may be hiding out in there.
Hi iam also trying to get the craft template and i can not any way i can have that sent to my email as well????
Hi I tried 4x to get this template but I haven’t received it as well 🙁
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Thank you for your help!
Hi Jennifer! Could you please send me the template as well? It is not going through. Thank you!
Hi Jennifer! I’d love to have the template as well! It’s not going through when I request it through the website. Thank you!
Could you please send me the pattern for the turkey at:
I would greatly appreciate it!
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Same- I have requested thus 3 times but it still has not arrived- can you send to me?
Still waiting……… don’t think this is an active site any longer. : ( Tried several times and still no email.
can i please get the link to this craft? i have requested it a few times and still have not recieved an email
Hi, I can’t find the template. When I click the link, it takes me to a website that says the link is no longer available.
I’m so sorry you’re having trouble! I’ve sent the Thankful Turkey directly to your email ?
I’ve requested twice and have not received the template, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t find the template for the turkey body and leaves.
I have requested this several times and it’s not going to my email for the template for the turkey I want to do this with my Sunday school class. Can you please check and see how we can get this template. Thank you for all your help and it’s such a cute craft.
Can you please send me the craft as well?
Hi I signed up for your emails an I am trying to download the turkey template but I never received an email from you or instructions on downloading. I tried all the troubleshooting tips. Thank you. I tried emailling but my email would not regonize yours as a valid email address.
This craft is broken! Ive tried 3 emails and it didn’t come through to any of them. so disappointed.
I have been trying to get the template for the card board Thankful turkey, as of yet i have
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Please send the turkey template
I’ve clicked the box 2 different times and put in two different email addresses but I still have not received the template? Would it be possible to receive it?
Hello!! I am trying to use this adorable craft with my students, but I have tried multiple emails that are not working..are you able to email it to me directly? Thanks!!
Hi there! I really want to do this craft with my students! I signed up yesterday but still haven’t received the template. Help!
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Could I get the template for the Thankful Turkey please? It is having trouble being sent to my email. Thank you so much!!
I clicked download but I never received an email of the template
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It seems that the link to this craft is broken seeing as how there are many of us on here trying unsuccessfully to get the link to this cute turkey. As everyone else has asked, “Can you please send me the turkey craft?” Thanks!
I too, have not received the turkey template. I’ve requested it three times. Can you please send me the template. Thanks!
I have been trying to get a hold of the printable through many different emails, and none of them seem to work. Will you do a favor and send it to me please, thank you!
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I got the password after giving my email address, but can’t find the printable. It leads me back to the button to click and doesn’t go to it.
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Hi! I’ve tried the download on multiple occasions, but have never received the email (and multiple people have noted such on Pinterest as well). Is it possible for you to manually send it to me? Thank you!
I didn’t get a copy of the template in my email. The only thing I received was a digit thanksgiving activity I had to pay for.
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I am also looking for the template.
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I really wanted to do this craft but it never came. Seeing the comments are full of similar emails I wonder if this will be fixed at all.
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I am having trouble reciving the template. Help please!
Hi! I have signed up twice to have the template sent over to me, but I have never received it. I also just checked my spam folder and it is not there either. I would love to use this template for a class party I am hosting…
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Hi Megan, did you click on the download button? Once you click on that and put your email address the download will be sent to your email. Be sure to check your spam and others folders in case the email is send to one of those folders. Hope you enjoy this activity.
I used the link twice, but never received the email. Could you please send the template to firstname.lastname@example.org? Thank you so much!