The Thankful Turkey is a fun and thoughtful writing and art project to do before the Thanksgiving holiday. While doing this activity kids will reflect on the people and things in their lives they are thankful for. When the kids share their turkeys with their classmates they discover they have many things in common with each other. The turkeys look great in a classroom hanging from the ceiling or on the walls. The kids take them home just before the Thanksgiving break to share with their families and add to their holiday decorations.
You can print the turkey parts on cardstock or construction paper using traditional colors or for fun print them using different colors. The kids enjoy mixing them up to create a unique and colorful looking turkey! The lesson plan contains very detailed instructions for how to transfer the writing from the draft to the turkey and putting it all together. It is not difficult to do but I share some important tips that I have learned over the years that make the process go smoothly. For students that don’t celebrate Thanksgiving they can still do the writing but make a poster instead of a turkey. You can store the leftover turkey parts in a zip lock bag for next year. Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving leftovers?