Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Handprint Turkeys

I love crafting with my kids, especially as the Holiday's approach. Here is a simple, yet meaningful way to get creative together while remembering how much we have to be thankful for.
It isn't very often that during a movie, my kids come running up to me, wanting to make Thanksgiving cards. I don't even know what sparked the idea. They were watching some little cartoon called "Speedy to the Rescue" and before I knew it, we were stamping hands covered in brown paint onto white paper. After their hand prints dried for a few minutes, I grabbed a Sharpie and added the eye and the feet. To finish off their turkey's, they painted on what we call the "red gobble" and the orange nose.

How to make your own handprint turkey:
1. Put some washable brown paint on a tray or a plate. Have your child rub his or her hand around in the paint, until it's covered.
2. Gently push their hand onto plain white paper.
3. After the handprint has dried for a few minutes, use a black marker to draw the eye and the legs.
4. Give your child a paint brush and let them finish off the turkey's face with some orange and red paint.
5. After your Handprint Turkey is completely dry, turn it into a card by glueing it to some cardstock or add some cute washi tape.
6. Talk with your kids about who they're thankful for and then send them the hand-made card in the mail.

I've had it on my to-do list to send the kid's school pictures out to family. I think we'll throw these Thankful Turkey's in as well.


  1. Hello Angela! I found you over at www.MOPS.org/blog. What a fun idea to send these handmade cards out with the kids' school pics. We are waiting on retake day (the first set was pretty... uninspiring!), then maybe we'll follow your lead. Fun idea!

  2. Hi Liz! I hope the retakes go well. How old are your kids? I'm glad you mentioned that you came over here from the MOPS blog. How long have you been part of MOPS? Isn't it the best?

  3. My daughter is 6 in first grade and my little guy is 4 and in preschool. I've been part of MOPS for a little more than 3 years. LOVE MOPS!

  4. 6 and 4 are great ages! We have a 4 year old as well, a boy who's almost 6 and a 19 month old. :)


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