You Will Need ...
  1. Paper cup

  2. Construction paper (preferably in colors like brown, orange, red, and yellow)

  3. Scissors

  4. Yarn

  5. Pony bead or other large bead

  6. Googly eyes

  7. Hot glue

  8. Small sponge

  9. Marker or pencil

  10. Other decorative items, like stickers, glitter, markers, etc. (optional)

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Step 1: 

Start by punching a small hole in the middle of the bottom of your cup. Make sure the hole is just big enough to allow a piece of yarn to pass through.

Step 2: 

Cut a length of yarn about two feet long.

Step 3: 

Thread the yarn through the hole in the bottom of the cup. Tie your bead to the end of the yarn that stays on the OUTSIDE of the cup. This keeps the yarn from slipping through the hole!

Step 4: 

As you can see, the yarn dangles down through the cup, while the bead keeps it secure on the outside.

Step 5: 

Now it's turkey time! Using your brown construction paper, trace the shape of a body and then cut it out with your scissors.

Step 6: 

With your hot glue (and an adult's help), glue the turkey body to the front of the cup. Remember, your cup is going to be UPSIDE-DOWN -- you want the "lip" of the cup at the bottom!

Step 7: 

Using your construction paper, cut out a beak and a "wattle" for your turkey's face. It's easy to make symmetrical pieces by folding the paper in half, drawing your design along the folded edge, and then cutting them out. Voila! Two perfect pieces held together at the fold!

Step 8: 

Glue your beak and wattle to your turkey's face, and add some googly eyes! If you don't have googly eyes, you can always use buttons, or just draw them in with a marker.

Step 9: 

Next up are feathers! You can make your feathers any size, shape, or color you want! If you need some inspiration, you can download our "Thankful Turkey" feather template here.

Step 10: 

Once you're done tracing and cutting out your feathers, use your glue gun to attach them to the back of your cup.

Step 11: 

Your turkey is ready for action!

Step 12: 

To get your turkey to make loud, squawking gobbles, lightly moisten your piece of sponge. With your cup gripped firmly in one hand, use your other to squeeze the wet sponge down the length of the yarn. Pull tight; the sponge going over the yarn makes a squawking sound!

Age: 
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Basic: 
Holiday
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Holiday: 
Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Supervision: 
1 adult per 2 children
Variations: 

You're not limited to just making turkeys with this craft! You can make monsters, bats, birds, chickens, parrots -- anything that might squawk or squeak!

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