Friday, November 20, 2009

Time For Tots: Turkey Craft

This week we were lucky enough to have Lourie from CA Girl join us for Time For Tots day. I knew getting a 4 and 5 year-old who love playing together to sit and craft was a small shot, so we stuck with one project.

And here is our Time For Tots Turkey Day.

I bought two big Styrofoam balls and cut them in half. I then spray painted the balls brown. Tip: Do not soak the balls while spray painting as it will eat away the balls. So spray--let dry a bit then spray more.

I printed out the head pattern, found here, on light brown card stock. The kids then colored their heads or just cut them out.

We then glued googly eyes, an orange felt beek and the gobble on the turkey.

Then we started to run into problems, we tried just gluing the head to the ball and Lucas' stuck but the rest did not. So definitely use hot glue to get the heads to stick to the ball.

After the heads were on it was the kids favorite part, sticking in the feathers. The kids were easily able to push the feathers right in.

And the finished products, well I will just let you see for yourself.

Ryan (Lourie's 4-year-old) is missing from the pictures, as he decided he would let his mom make his turkey today.

Supplies (for 4 turkeys)
-Two medium size Styrofoam balls
-Brown Spray Paint
-Pattern for head printed on card stock --pattern found here on Kaboose Krafts
-Bag of googly eyes (middle size)
-Orange Felt for beaks
-Red Lace paper for gobbles (you can just use card stock)
-Two bags of feathers
-Glue (hot glue recommended)
-Brown Marker (optional)

I got inspiration as to the design for these turkeys here on Disney's Family Fun site.

P.S. Yesterday, after I found out I didn't make the musical; Eric came home from work with these for me.
I really do have a wonderful husband!
And thank you all for your support and kind words.


  1. Fun craft! What a sweet hubby. Sorry about the musical-that totally sucks. They don't know what they're missing! :)

  2. Those turkeys are awesome! I am so impressed! I'm sorry you didn't make the play :( But those are beautiful flowers!

  3. sorry about the musical! i read a quote yesterday from the book "the alchemist" that went something like, "the only important thing about falling 7 times, is that you get up and go 8." it's not word for word, but you get the idea;-) such pretty flowers, smart man!

  4. I am so sorry about the musical,I know you were hopeful. What an amazingly sweet and thoughtful husband you have. I would have burst into tears when I saw the gorgeous flowers.

    I love the crafts you did with the kids too. I treasure the projects my kids made in school. I still have a little clay turkey my nephew made me for Thanksgiving that I put out every year. I'm sure it embarrasses him to no end!

  5. They really did turn out cute. Ryan doesn't know what he missed!! And wow! Those ARE beautiful flowers!

  6. Cute turkeys! We're doing some turkey crafts on Monday. FUn fun!

    And good job Eric. The flowers are beautiful, just like you!

  7. LOVE those turkeys! My 5-year old, Sam, would have a ball making them.

  8. VERY cute! I'm sorry you didn't make the play. :(

  9. I was so sad when I read about your disappointing news. Every time that's happened to me, something better has happened because of it.

    The turkeys are darling. Let those moments fill you up.

  10. Great craft. So cute. You're doing a good job with your kids!

    Beautiful and thoughful flowers, Emmy. You have a gem of a husband. Keep your head up and keep singing!

  11. Cute turkeys! Aww what a fun craft. :)

  12. Cute little turkeys. You are so creative!!! The flowers are beautiful. A supportive husband can make it all better sometimes. Have a great weekend!

  13. Oh I'm sorry you didn't make it, but those flowers are gorgeous! I hope they cheered you up. That turkey project sure brought a smile to my face. Looks fun (and I'm nowhere near 5 years old)!

  14. I LOVE these turkeys! I think we'll do this next week when we have family in fun!

    And what a sweetie your hubby is!

  15. At first, my browser opened your page so that the first picture showed just barely the tops of the styrofoam balls...which I thought were the heads of the tots. !!
    Your picture quality seems especially good!
    And rah-rah for the patience! Beats me how you moms do it!
    Visiting from SITS - happy Saturday Share Fest!!

  16. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest. Cute craft! I follow Disney's Family Fun too. (2 yr old grandson) I'm looking for Christmas crafts for a 2 yr old boy - want to make presents with him to put under his tree. Any site suggestions? Or things you did w/your kids? He can do stickers and glue and glitter. Crayons go all over right now. But he has fun.

  17. Fun project!
    The flowers are beautiful - that was sweet of your husband.

  18. those turkeys are adorable...great idea! I bookmarked your post for future reference.
    sorry you didn't make the're very lucky to have a thoughtful hubby to make you feel better.

  19. Gobble Gobble!!

    I love these. Good job momma!

  20. I am going to have to make the turkey's with my nephews they love making crafts. what a great idea you have. keep up the great work that you have been doing. I enjoyed visitng from SITS. love the design and layout.

  21. so cute! how did you cut the foam, I can never get a good cut!

    sorry about the musical, hopefully you will have lots more opportunities

  22. these are so cute. sorry about the musical got to love the flowers lol

  23. What a sweet husband ~ next time!

    As for the turkey project, so adorable AND do-able (which is super important to me)!

  24. Thanks, Emmy, for emailing me with the project! You're so thoughtful. Yes, I have painted w/my 2 yr old grandson - finger paints mostly, but he's tried sponge brushes. Will give it a try for presents.