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Fun Fall Turkey Craft for Toddlers 

I just love everything about fall – the decorations, the food, the crafts, and the fact that it means Christmas is coming. 🙂

My son is at such a fun age right now because we can start doing seasonal activities together.

Of course, the teacher in me always has to tie learning in, too. Today, we worked on color sorting and color matching with this paper bag turkey craft.

Making a Paper Bag Turkey Puppet - Perfect Thanksgiving Craft for Kids!Paper Bag Turkey Puppet Materials

​The materials for the fall turkey craft are so simple that you probably already have all of them around your house.

When collecting my materials, I couldn’t find any orange tissue paper, so I just used orange construction paper in its place. Tissue worked better, but the construction paper also turned out fine 🙂

  • Construction paper – 5 or so colors
  • Tissue paper – colors that match the construction paper
  • Brown paper bag
  • A pair of googly eyes (you could also just use white paper and draw the pupils on)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen, if needed to draw feather outline

Paper Bag Turkey Puppet Craft - Easy Thanksgiving Learning ActivityPaper Bag Turkey Craft Instructions

  1. First, I made sure I had 5 colors of construction paper and 5 matching tissue paper colors. Then, I cut strips of the tissue paper into little squares that could be easily crumbled. I put all of the squares in a big messy pile, and let my little one sort the colors into piles (first learning task:)
  2. Next, I put the five sheets of construction paper in a neat pile and cut out a turkey feather. With the sheets of construction paper in a pile, I only had to cut out one feather 🙂
  3. After that, we glued the eyes on the paper bag, and I made a few little construction paper shapes for the turkey’s mouth – two triangles and a teardrop shape.
  4. Then, I had my little helper crumple the pieces of tissue and match them to the coordinating feather. He had a great time matching the colors to the feathers (second learning task:)). After he matched them, we glued all of the pieces down, feather-by-feather.
  5. Once all of the tissue was glued to each feather, we glued the feathers to the back of the brown bag with a strip of glue.
Making a Paper Bag Turkey Puppet, easy Thanksgiving craft
Perfect Thanksgiving Kids Craft - Paper Bag Turkey Puppet

Here’s my little helper adding a few more pieces on at the end.

Paper Bag Turkey Craft - Easy Thanksgiving Learning Activity

The finished paper bag turkey craft! It took very little time to prepare and was a great learning activity to do together.

Making a Thanksgiving Paper Bag Turkey Puppet Craft

And, my little guy loves that it’s a puppet! We might be making more puppet friends for Mr. Turkey tomorrow 🙂

Paper Bag Turkey Craft - Thanksgiving Activity for Kids

Looking for more thanksgiving craft ideas? There are some awesome fall projects on All Free Holiday Crafts that inspired me with this paper bag color-sorting turkey puppet.


  1. Sri Sairam Subhayatra says:

    I Got some good idea by reading this topic. Great information thanks for sharing such a nice blog with us.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Hi Sri! Thank you so much for your compliments. I’m glad you are enjoying the site:)

  2. Julie @ Logger's Wife says:

    I was just looking this morning for turkey crafts for my preschooler. How could I forget the classic paper bag puppet? Thanks for the reminder! (visiting from Thrifty Thursday)

  3. Alicia Owen says:

    Love this idea! It’s fun and cute AND educational! Thanks for sharing on This is How We Roll Thursday link up.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Alicia! It was fun and simple:)) thanks for giving us a platform to share on:)

  4. Okay, that is adorable! I think I remember doing something like this as a kid but it’s not one of those things that you think about that much. Although seeing this it makes me want to do it with my kids and I bet they would love doing it one day next week when they are home from school. Thanks so much dear for the idea!

  5. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    Thanks so much, Lauren! Yes, it’s one of those simple activities that kids can learn from and have fun with 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!:)

  6. We love getting crafty in our home, I know my kids will enjoy making these. Thanks!

  7. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    You’re welcome, Angela! I hope they enjoy it :):)

  8. Lisa at Dreams and Caffeine says:

    Super cute craft! Definitely will be adding this to our holiday craft list, since the kiddos are really into puppets right now. Thank you for sharing!
    Lisa at Dreams and Caffeine

  9. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    Thanks, Lisa! It’s so simple and kids seem to really enjoy it!! 🙂 Hope they have fun!

  10. The puppet is very cute and I know kids would enjoy making it. #MMBC

  11. Such a lovely simple idea and yet so effective. Great idea. #MMBC

  12. What a cute educational craftivity! Hope you and your little helper have a fantastic Thanksgiving. #MMBC x

    1. Aww thanks so much:) you too!

    1. Thanks Mackenzie! Hope they enjoy it:)

  13. This is brilliant – my husband’s auntie is having a thanksgiving dinner soon so I must make these with my daughter 🙂 #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Awww sounds perfect:) Have a great one!

    1. Thanks so much – yes would love to!

  14. Very cute….I have used this craft with preschoolers. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Sure – it turns out so sweet!

  15. What a fun turkey! My kids would love making one. Thank you so much for sharing this week at My Busy Beehives, BEE PARTY. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome – it’s super easy!

  16. Jann Olson says:

    I have helped kids make these before, they are so cute! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Sure, Jann:) Thanks for visiting!

  17. These are adorable, and a perfect craft for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Thanks so much Rhonda! I love an easy, no-cost craft:)

    1. Thanks Louise! I usually turn everything into a learning activity:)

  18. Cute! This is the perfect craft for my daughter (though she’s not a toddler any more). Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

    1. Thanks Teresa! Hope she loves it:)

  19. How cute lol! Found you on the link party. My daughter would have so much fun doing this!

    1. Thanks Karen! Have a great week:)

  20. What a cute little craft idea! Always love the googly eyes, and so good to have a craft where you can find most things just around the house. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. Totally agree, Katy – I love a no cost craft:)

  21. This brings back so many memories. Definitely a classic Thanksgiving craft. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Thanks Leslie! I love keeping things simple:)

  22. I’m loving this turkey made out of a paper bag! I love that it is so colorful and looks so fun to make with a toddler! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Natalie! It was so easy and it’s fun for the little ones too.

  23. I love how you put tissue paper on the feathers. I’ve never seen that before. Thanks so much for sharing at our Party in Your PJs link party.

    1. Thanks Nina! I love incorporating learning activities:)

  24. my daughter would love this. i was just about to make up my shopping list for this afternoon – going to add googly eyes to it #humpdaylinky

    1. Aww hope it turned out great!

  25. Oh my goodness! This is so creative! I love it! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  26. Turkey in the straw, turkey in the straw, hey! hey! hey!

    Love how colorful this project is and especially the part where you can draw your own googly eyes if you don’t have the store-bought ones handy.

    1. lol catchy song! Thanks Zaleina!

  27. This weekend we have our kids, cousins, and I think this will be right up our alley! Thank you! #TriumphantTales xoxo

    1. Perfect, Lisa! Hope they love it:)

  28. That looks like such a fun thing to make together. When they were little my kids loved this kind of craft. Thanks for stopping by to share this with us at Handmade Monday 🙂

    1. Aww thanks Julie! Have a great week:)

  29. This is such a cute idea. I am not the craftiest of people so guides like this are always a help! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Thanks Lisa! Simplest crafts always seem to work out best:)

    1. Thanks Laura! Something about kids and puppets 🙂

  30. This looks a fab craft loads of fun Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  31. Very cute! I bet you have some great Christmas ideas too! Thanks for joining in at #TriumphantTales, do come back Tuesday!

    1. Thanks Jaki for your compliments 🙂

  32. I adore these types of crafts. I love when kids use their imagination and household items to make a fun time.

    1. Thanks Elise. I totally agree:)

  33. Puppet crafts are always fun to make! I will definitely be making some with the kids on Thanksgiving day. We always forget entertainment for the little ones with all the running around for the big Turkey Day.
    Stopping by from #Alittlebitofeverything Link up

    1. Yes totally agree! Little crafts like these make their day:)

  34. What a fun, educational craft! Thank you so much for sharing this post, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    1. Thanks April! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  35. Such a cute Thanksgiving craft – love the turkey

  36. This puppet is so fun, I love it. My grand daughters and I really enjoy making and playing with paper bag puppets. This is a great little craft.

    1. Thanks Leanna! Yes there’s something about kids and puppets 🙂

  37. My daughter made that in preschool last year, and we still have it. Such a cute, simple craft!

    1. Thanks SO much for the feature! Hope you had a great thanksgiving:)

  38. Hi, I love this festive idea, simple and lots of fun to be had making it #SharingtheBlogLove

  39. This is really cute Vicky and a great craft to do with the kids. When you display it they will be so happy.

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