Shaping up with turkeys in preschool

We have continued exploring shapes in our class and this week, we made shape turkeys…

I set out circles, triangles, rectangles, and squares from all different colors of construction paper for the children to use in their shape turkeys.

To make the turkeys, the children started by gluing their circles on their piece of white paper…

And then they began adding shapes to their circles to create the rest of their turkeys…

And some of the children used a marker to add facial features and legs and turkey feet….

Each child’s turkey turned out quite unique. To be honest with you, the turkeys didn’t turn out at all like I thought they would when I planned this idea…

But when I look up at them hanging on my wall…

They make me smile…

By |2011-11-17T00:14:14+00:00November 17th, 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. Centers and Circle Time November 17, 2011 at 12:45 am - Reply

    Aww, Deb…I love them! They all have such unique characteristics! That is a beautiful display.

  2. Susan Case November 17, 2011 at 10:15 am - Reply

    I love the turkeys. They are unique just like the children. Many of my kinder projects turned out differently than I had planned – especially patterning – but there was never a dull moment. Bet you use a lot of glue in pre-K.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Oh yes, we go through the glue! This is why I buy it by the gallon – worth every cent!!

  3. andiejaye November 18, 2011 at 1:31 am - Reply

    i’m off to cut out some shapes for tomorrow’s preschool time! Bear has just become interested in turkeys, so this will be perfect! ((plus a refresher on shapes))

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 18, 2011 at 10:16 am - Reply

      I cut way too many shapes so I have some left over for another day!! Maybe shape Christmas trees?

  4. Jackie November 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I love the variety of turkeys they created and how open ended the project was!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you Jackie:)

  5. Vicky November 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    This is a fabulous open ended art activity! The best ideas are the ones that don’t turn out exactly as planned right? 🙂 Vicky from Mess For Less

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 20, 2011 at 12:43 am - Reply

      Yes – they are always the ones I like to put up on the wall and smile:)

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