Turkey in the playdough at preschool

Oh my goodness, this was such a fun activity to observe today. For some reason, my preschoolers sat for the longest time and played and giggled as they made their play dough turkeys…

I set out play dough (orange and brown) and a bunch of feathers…

We have been reading lots of Thanksgiving and turkey type books so the children already had ‘turkey on the brain’ and knew right away that they could make turkeys with these items…

The children just played and played. Some sat and poked holes in the play dough with the end of the feathers – as many holes as they could. Others rolled up play dough balls and loaded them with as many feathers as they could…

I just got so tickled as I watched the children play. We had turkeys that could fly and turkeys that couldn’t quite fly…

After some time, a few of the children added hats and heads to the turkeys (thanks to the help of Miss Abby) but most of the heads kept falling off which was cause for even more giggles…

Super simple activity and come to find out – very entertaining too!

By |2011-11-16T00:06:27+00:00November 16th, 2011|

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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. Betsy B November 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    I loved this idea! I sort of “modified” it to fit my preschool special needs children. We make our own playdoh, it’s more fun and smells better. So we made our playdoh and added approximately 1/2 cup of cinnamon to the recipe. It came out a pretty shade of chocolate brown and smells wonderful. The children made their turkeys, added feathers and will be taking them home for Thanksgiving. I will definitely be doing this again!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      Oh – what a great way to modify! My class would have love doing it your way too! Now why didn’t I think of that? I will have to try it again with some nice smelling play dough:)

  2. Darlene November 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    It is always fun to watch children with play dough and a few “items” in this case feathers. My children love google eyes and play dough. It’s really fun to see their unique creations. We’ll be playing with scented play dough tomorrow and I’m sure they’ll love adding feathers. Much like Betsy I made some cinnamon scented play dough as well as nutmeg to add another dimension to the activity. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 17, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      You all are so much more on the ball than me! I wish I would have made scented playdough! I will do something for Christmas!!!

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