I love to make paper plate crafts. They are a fun way to get W involved because he will go to town on a paper plate with some paint. I like to combine our crafts with activities that W can use after we’re done creating. He loves showing everyone what he made and then playing with the crafts. So our Rainbow Paper Plate Turkey Craft is a perfect one for November!
Rainbow Paper Plate Turkey
If you like paper plate crafts, this one is pretty simple to do. And you have options when it comes to painting the clothespins. You can do rainbow colors like we did or you could stick with more traditional fall colors to act as the turkey feathers.
What you need:
- Paper plate
- 6 clothespins
- Paint (washable if you’re going to let the kids get involved in the painting) in brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
- Googly eyes
- Red and orange construction paper scraps
- Paint brushes
- Wax paper
What you do:
- Paint the paper plate brown and set aside to dry.
- Paint each clothespin a different color. You can use any colors you like and having different colors lends this craft to different activities such as color identification and patterning.
- Set clothespins on wax paper to dry. (I clip a piece of wax paper inside the clothespins so they don’t get stuck closed when they dry.)
- Glue googly eyes on the paper plate. You can also use a marker to draw eyes for your turkey.
- Cut a small triangle from orange construction paper and glue. Or use orange paint to paint a beak.
- Cut a small squiggle shape of red construction paper and glue on side of orange beak.
- Once everything is dry, start clipping clothespin feathers on your turkey!
I love that the painted clothespins are so versatile. W loves naming colors so the rainbow clips have worked well for him. You could teach rainbow color order with these. You could also paint additional clothespins and have a perfect Thanksgiving patterning activity!