Play Dough Turkey

These playdough turkeys are a great process art activity that allows each child to use their own creativity. Remember, it’s not always about the final product, but more about the process. I try to do process art activities as much as possible because they allow children to explore the materials and art in their own creative way.


We have been learning a lot about the true story of the first Thanksgiving. One of my favorite books on this topic is Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce K. Kessel. One of the topics we have talked about is how they didn’t serve turkey at the first Thanksgiving. Instead, they ate deer and duck. This was interesting to learn for the kids. 

What is Thanksgiving without a fun turkey craft? I love how each child made their turkeys in different ways. My 4 year old decided to make hers into a family of 2D turkeys. While my 7 year old made one 3D turkey. I used art materials I had around the house so it made it easy to set up. Feel free to use whatever you have around the house. 


Here is how to do this activity:


  • Pictures or books with pictures of turkeys
  • Play dough or modeling clay
  • Embellishments such as feathers, googly eyes, felt, pipe cleaners, sequence, beads, etc.



Step 1: Place all the embellishments on a plate along with the pictures of turkeys


Step 2: Give your child the play dough and instruct them to make a turkey in any way that they want. Let they use their own creativity and remember not to intervene.

As you can see, both children made their turkeys in different ways. My 4 year old did her turkeys flat and made a family of them. My 7 year old did one turkey but it is upright and 3 dimensional. Let’s see what your children will create!

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