Everything You Need to Make an Easy Turkey Play Dough Activity

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Use this material list to create an easy turkey play dough activity for your kids. They will love this Thanksgiving theme invitation to play.


Don’t hate me when I make this confession.

I have never liked handprint turkeys.

There…I said it.  Do you remember making Thanksgiving turkey handprints when you were a kid? EVERY…SINGLE…YEAR!?

turkey playdough tray

Instead of sharing some new twist on a turkey handprint activity, I’m going to show you a few simple items that you can use to create a fun turkey theme play dough activity.

Create A Turkey Theme Invitation to Play

Get out your handy divided tray and some play dough.  If you want to make play dough, try out my quick play dough recipe. 

What to Add to the Turkey Playdough Tray

Here are material ideas that you can add to make a fun turkey playdough tray. 

If your kids can’t share supplies, don’t worry.  You can use the ideas below to create individual playdough kits for your kids.

Do you have additional ideas?  I would love to hear them in the comments.  Your kids might be able to help you come up with some great material ideas too.

turkey themed playdough tray for preschoolers.  It has googly eyes, pipe cleaners, toothpicks, feathers, popcorn, beads, and orange playdough.

Open Ended Turkey creation!

Now, comes the fun part.  Present the materials to your kids and see what they create.  Kids may create turkeys, or they may create some other kind of amazing artwork.  The materials will give them lots of opportunities for open-ended creation and for fine motor skills practice.

Let them have fun!

turkey made from playdough, feathers, beads, googly eyes, popcorn and toothpicks

Turkey Playdough Counting Practice

Add some number cards to the tray and kids can practice counting as they play.  Kids can make 5 turkeys, a 5 feathered turkey, or even a 5 eyed turkey.

Thanksgiving turkey made from playdough with number cards

I hope that you have fun creating a turkey play dough activity for your kids. 

Don’t forget to take some pictures to share with your kids’ families.  I bet that parents will enjoy a picture of a 5 eyed turkey even more than a turkey handprint drawing.

Turkey Themed Activities in the Store

Click on the images below to check out these fall and Thanksgiving resources in my store:

turkey name puzzles
November fine motor activities

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