Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means family gatherings, delicious food, and lots of fun! If your family is like mine, then the kids might need something to do while all of the adults are preparing the meal, enjoying football, or otherwise engaged. How about this simple, but super fun turkey craft? Candy stuffed turkeys are sure to delight kids of all ages. Who doesn’t love candy, right? ou could even preassemble them as place holders at the Thanksgiving table. Plus, I have a fun list of turkey themed books to read alongside this delectable craft.
Candy Stuffed Turkeys Supplies
- Tissue Paper—red, orange, green, yellow, blue, brown
- Fall Candy—assorted types and flavors
- Stickers and/or small toys
- 6 Brown Pipe Cleaners
- Small Piece Orange Paper
- Googly Eyes
- Cut 6 pieces of the brown tissue paper into 12”x 12” squares.
- Cut 6 strips of tissue paper of each of the other colors into about 1 ½” x 18” and fold each of these in half.
- Cut 6 tiny orange triangles from the orange paper.
- Lay out one of the brown paper squares. Lay 5 different colors of the paper strips on the center of the top half of the brown square.
- Set a pile of candy and stickers/toys in the middle of the brown square, partially covering the colored strips.
- Gather up the corners and edges of the brown paper and bring them together around the pile of candy. Make sure the colored strips stay tucked inside the brown paper, but they need to stick out the top of the brown after you bring it all together.
- Take the pipe cleaner and tie it around the brown paper just like you would tie a bag closed. Twist the pipe cleaner and cut off any excess.
- Glue 2 googly eyes and an orange beak on the front. You can add a small piece of red paper to resemble a wattle if you would like.
- Repeat steps 4-8 to assemble all the turkeys.
- Great party favor for kids!
Aren’t those gobble-icious candy stuffed turkeys so fun? Now what can you read before or after making them? These engaging turkey books!
10 Turkey Books to Read This Thanksgiving
Don’t miss out on some seasonal fun with these great reads for Thanksgiving!
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey–This book is a classic in our home. We read it every single year. What happens when a bus full of schoolchildren visit a turkey farm and discover the fates of the feathery fowl? They decide to save them, of course!
The Great Turkey Race by Steve Metzger–These turkeys aren’t completely clued in on what it means to be the Thanksgiving turkey, so they are all competing to receive the great honor. Who will win the race and be deemed the winner?
The Little Brown Turkey by Beth Wilborn–This is a fun twist on the classic “little red hen” story. When Little Brown Turkey needs help baking his Thanksgiving pies and needs some help, will his friends Dog, Pig, and Duck pitch in?
Too Many Turkeys by Linda White–Belle and Fred, farmers, have discovered an amazing “secret ingredient” that fertilizes and flourishes their garden. That ingredient is the manure from a turkey that wandered on to their farm. Soon more and more turkeys begin to arrive and while it is beneficial to their growing garden, they are soon overwhelmed with the size of the unexpected flock.
Not This Turkey by Jessica Steinberg–Mel and his family are immigrants who have never celebrated Thanksgiving. A stroke of luck gives Mel a live turkey to be used for dinner when he wins on from his job. Mama has invited all of their Brooklyn relatives to join in on the feast, but Mel finds himself feeling a bit too attached to his prize.
Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson–This book uses the classic “Over the River” song to tell the tale of a turkey family heading to grandmother’s house to enjoy their vegetarian Thanksgiving feast. Simultaneously, a hunter with his dog are out, searching for their holiday turkey centerpiece. What happens when the two parties encounter one another?
The Turkey Ball by DJ Steinberg–Even turkeys love to get all dolled up and have a fancy night out! Join these birds for a fancy shindig full of fun!
I hope your Thanksgiving season is full of fun, time spent with loved ones, and lots of reading!