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Handprint Thanksgiving craft ideas for preschool-aged children

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Everyone is familiar with the turkey craft made from the outline of a hand. It's easy to do with toddlers and doesn't require much effort. But there are so many more ways to use handprints to make Thanksgiving crafts and decorations than this average and time-worn way. Preschoolers can have all sorts of fun creating traditional turkeys with handprints, as well as footprints. Parents can get a little of that holiday planning done while the kids are busy using crayons, paper plates, tissue paper, toilet paper rolls and more to help decorate the dinner table or the front door in preparation of the November holiday.

Here are some of the ways discovered while searching the internet for Thanksgiving handprint turkeys.

Pilgrim Turkey from Handprint and Footprint Art: Add a black pilgrim hat to your turkey and he takes on a whole new personality. Instead of the traditional finger feathers, paint each finger a different color and add the feather details once it's dried.

Pine Cone Turkey from Creating Couture Parties: Use a pine cone as the body of the turkey, trace handprints on construction paper and add googly eyes and a felt beak. Write different things which one is thankful for on each finger.

Footprint Sun-Catcher Turkey from Family Fun: Using a footprint for the body of this turkey, tissue paper leaves are added in red, yellow and orange. Add a string and hang in a sunny window for Thanksgiving cheer.

Sideways Turkey from The Crafty Crow: Use both hands to have two turkeys facing one another. Add googly eyes or paint them on, it's the artist's choice for creating this fun pair of gobblers.

Hand and Footprint Turkey from All Kids Network: A great way to capture the size of your child's hands and feet is this adorable turkey. It can be done with construction paper or paint. The turkey's head and body are formed from the footprint and the feathers from several different handprints.

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