We OTs are suckers for a cute turkey craft at Thanksgiving! This one is awesome for building fine motor and visual motor skills while working on cutting with scissors and folding paper!
Some of my favorite OT sessions happen during the weeks leading up to the holidays. It’s so much fun to watch the excitement build as kids make all kinds of gifts and crafts to celebrate the season! This is a super easy turkey craft that packs a lot of fine motor and visual motor punch!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
-Construction paper (brown, yellow, orange, red)
WHAT TO DO:
Draw an outline of a turkey’s body on your brown paper and have the child cut it out. If you’re working with kids who are new to scissors, cut this part out for them.
Have kids cut several thin strips of yellow, orange, and red paper. Show them how to fold each strip, accordion-style. These will be your turkey’s feathers.
Help kids tape the feathers to the back of the turkey so that they stick out around his head and body.
Turn the turkey over and glue on google eyes and a small orange triangle for his beak.
How to change it up:
-Glue your turkey onto the front of a blank card and send to a friend or family member for a Thanksgiving greeting!
-Mix some real feathers in with your paper feathers to add some visual and tactile interest to the craft.
-Take a cue from our friend Mara, a crafty SLP who added target words to each of the turkey’s feathers to make a decoration that doubles as speech practice! Genius!
Skill areas addressed:
Fine motor skills, visual motor integration, grasp, coordination
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Mara Friedman says
I love this craft. A little addition from me, the crafty SLP: add target words on the feathers and you have a decoration that doubles as speech practice!
YES Mara!! Love this idea so much! I’m going to edit this post to add your idea! Thanks so much for sharing! :)
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