This week we learned about the letter T and Turkeys! We found a great way to practice counting skills with our turkeys too! This activity saved me time and created learning that was engaging!
We invited some friends over to share the fun of crafting a TP roll turkey! This activity was great for a group because we only needed a couple of materials and everyone could get involved!
We want to make learning fun and relate it to our kids’ interests. Making a learning activity come out of these simple TP roll turkeys saved me time from prepping another learning activity in addition to the craft and it was engaging for my kids because they made the turkeys themselves!
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Simple TP roll Turkey Craft
Paper plate (cut in half)
TP Roll (cut in half)
Crayons or Markers
Glue (or double stick tape)
Simplify: You could have pre-taped or already sticky googly eyes
Add more Fun: you could add glitter glue to the turkey feathers or googly eyes.
Simple TP roll Turkey Craft
Prep: First, I cut the paper plate in half.
Then, I cut off the bottom of the paper plate half and used it to cut 2 eyes and beak (I like to use as little materials as possible). You could always use googly eyes.
Next, I cut a TP roll in half and then cut 2 little slits parallel to each other on the TP roll.
Above: You could have the kids do this if they are older and you are comfortable with it.
For the kids…we had a group of 4.
First, we talked about favorite colors and then they colored the paper plate with their favorite colors for the turkey feathers.
Next, the kids colored the TP roll brown with a marker (but you could use a crayon too).
Then, they glued on the eyes and the beak (from what I prepped earlier). We talked about the body parts of a turkey.
Then, they added on the rainbow colored feathers on the back of the TP roll by simply sticking their paper plate halves or feathers into the TP roll slits! That’s it! There’s your turkey!
To Create a Turkey Craft for Counting:
We saw a great idea on Busy Toddler for feeding the Turkey and it was so cute we just had to try it! We made it our own with what we had:)
a plastic yogurt bottle
Cheerios, goldfish, or acorns to count with (we collected some acorns at the park)
First, I removed the label from the yogurt bottle (well for me it was 2 bottles for H and M and J did not get a bottle at first as he just wanted the TP roll).
Then, all I did was put the TP roll turkey on top of the empty yogurt bottle. I didn’t use glue or anything, but you could if you want it stay longer. I just wanted it up there just for counting practice and then I removed the TP Roll Turkey Craft so I could put it out as kids decor for Thanksgiving.:)
I used a little yogurt cup to add in all of the turkey food.
Can you tell we eat a lot of yogurt?:))
They were met with turkeys and turkey food and it was super easy to set up and then they counted with me as they fed their turkey.They used their fingers for counting but you could always use tongs or spoons for putting them into the turkey.
Easy and fast set up for the turkey counting activity was good because they just counted a couple of times and they were gone, which was okay. I’m just happy they got some counting practice in.
Tip: My girls are busy. They only like to do something for a little bit before they move on to playing or something else and that’s okay. Playing is more important than sitting still as preschoolers!
Way to go mom! Look at all of the skills your kids are learning.
Skills Learned from TP Roll Turkey and Counting Activity:
Fine Motor Skills: Cutting, glueing, and picking up the turkey food
Gross motor: Running around and collecting acorns to feed the turkey
Math: Feeding and Counting the turkey food
Science: talk about turkey body parts
Reading: T for Turkey and find other things that start with T, name your turkey and write a sentence abut him
Colors: picking colors for your turkey feathers
TO MAKE THE TP ROLL TURKEY CRAFT AND TURKEY COUNTING ACTIVITY GROUP FRIENDLY & FOR YOUR KIDS AT DIFFERENT AGES or LEARNING LEVELS:
For your younger kids or kids learning at a different level:
Just coloring a little is okay. You could point to each marker color and say the color as they listen.
You could Count as you put them in and they listen.
You could keep the TP roll turkey head off and just feed the turkey 5 cheerios and then lift up the TP roll turkey and help them learn object permanence (that something can be under or behind something).
Talk about the turkey and point to each part of the turkey as you put it together.
Show them a picture of a real turkey on your phone.
Read a story about a turkey.
Toddler Tip: Markers are easier to color with for my toddler J. It’s okay that J just colored a little bit of his paper plate for his turkey feathers. His favorite part was feeding his turkey. He liked just putting his cheerios in the turkey TP roll without a bottle attached and finding them underneath. I helped complete his turkey and that’s okay, it’s just great that he felt like he was a part of the action!
For older kids or kids who need more challenge in the activity:
Add More Learning:
Reading Comprehension: You could create a story about the turkeys you created. It helps to have the kids name the turkeys so they come to life and their imaginations will sore! You could help them start with “Once there was a turkey named ____ and he lived ____.”
Science: You could learn more about Turkeys and habitats.
Social Studies: You could relate it to Turkeys and how Traditions have changed from the past.
Will you try Simple TP roll Turkey Craft with your kids?
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