Handprint turkeys in preschool

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I just couldn’t resist the idea of making handprint turkeys in my class. We haven’t spent much time making handprint art so the kids thought this was really cool…

As I painted each child’s hand, I would explain to them the purpose for each color of paint: “And this is the turkey body and neck” (above photo) “and this is the blue turkey feather and the orange turkey feather” (photo below)….

“And this is the yellow and red turkey feather”…

“Now let’s make one turkey handprint just above your poem!”  I know – a very directed and controlled process – right down to where to place the handprint.  I even asked the children to “not wiggle your fingers around so the paint doesn’t mix.” …

BUT once that handprint was on the poem paper then the children were given the green light to handprint away on a second sheet of paper…

And we added paint to both hands and fingers so the children could paint with two turkey hands and fingers…

And some children decided they would like to try and paint their own turkey hands…

In the end, I got a set of beautiful turkey handprint poems that I want to send home to parents and the children had fun making lots of turkey handprints (we still have to add the feet:)…

I saved their version of turkey handprints to use as our placemats for our Thanksgiving feast…


See the video below of my students making their handprints. If you are viewing this by email, you may need to come to the blog to view the video:)

Our class in action:


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Linking up with Feels Like Home and No Time for Flashcards and JDaniel4’s Mom today!

Links to Grow on…

Thanksgiving Turkey Poem can be found here!

Handprint Turkey Cards from My Creative Family

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

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