Make a fall leaf turkey in preschool

Today was a beautiful fall day here! It was windy with a little chill in the air but bright and sunny. And the leaves were falling everywhere.  I think because of the leaf exchange I participated in, I am extremely aware of every leaf I see on the ground right now:-)

Every time I see a pretty leaf, my mind swirls with ideas of activities we could do in preschool. But the leaves wont stay pretty for long so I decided to get a jump on this idea before the all the leaves turn brown and crunchy!

While out on my walk in the park, I picked up these leaves and as soon as I put them together – they looked like turkey feathers to me! LOL! Oh the mind of a preschool teacher just never stops spinning everything into something preschool!

Leaf Turkey

What you will need….

  • leaves
  • glue
  • brown, yellow, and red construction paper
  • marker
  • scissors

What to do….

I started by cutting out a brown turkey head and red wattle from the construction paper and glued them together. Then I added eyes with the black marker.

Next I organized my leaves on a sheet of yellow construction paper to see how I like them with the head. In the classroom, I would suggest to the kids that they try organizing first but chances are they would rather just skip to the gluing:)

Now it is time to glue.  My best suggestion is to place a glob of glue in the center of the back of each leaf and press down on the paper rather than all over the back of the leaf. This allows for a little 3-D look and later as the leaves dry out, the leaves will begin to curl – so now we have some fall turkey science:)

Then I started layering the leaves on the yellow paper – placing a glob of glue in the center of each leaf and pressing it down on the paper.  I put the largest leaves on first and ended with the smallest on top. Hmmm, now this is a math concept too – sorting by size!  I also made sure my stems all pointed to the middle!

Now generously put glue on the back of the turkey head…

And plop the head right on top of the leaves…

The head sets up a bit from the paper which adds an even more 3-D look! How exciting!!

With November right around the corner – here are some fun ideas you can go and see from Chalk Talk!

By |2010-10-22T06:00:31+00:00October 22nd, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Heather @ Creative Family Moments October 23, 2010 at 3:57 am - Reply

    Very cute! After seeing this it seems like a win-win no brainer to use leaves as their feathers but I never thought of it before. Love it!

  2. Km October 24, 2010 at 3:11 am - Reply

    The perfect fall craft!!!!! Fantastic idea!

  3. Chel November 2, 2010 at 12:30 am - Reply

    I love this idea! I am going to do this with my kids. I will also link this idea when I do my turkey book post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      That is so kind of you Chel!

  4. haydee November 3, 2010 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Very cute! You could try pressing the leaves before using them for this activity so that the art project might last longer.

  5. V.Kerr November 21, 2010 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I can’t believe I missed this post before…we still have tons of leaves and I have been wondering what else to do with them!

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      LOL – well you should be able to do quite a fancy turkey with all those leaves!

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