Sticky paper turkey dress-up and patterning

Are you looking for a hands-on way to explore patterning in the classroom? Give colored feathers a try!

We have been on a turkey investigation in our classroom recently and part of our fun included dressing up our sticky paper turkey…

Our poor turkey didn’t look so good standing up there without any clothes on so my students spent a little  time throughout the afternoon giving him some warm feathers to wear…

Patterning with Feathers

Before the children helped out our naked turkey, they each were given a baggie of feathers (two different colors) to make feather patterns…

Collaborating with Peers

Some of the children worked alone to make their patterns and some of the children combined their feathers with their neighbor and worked together on making a pattern…

To continue with our patterning exercise, I invited the children to make a pattern with their feathers on our turkey as well…

Embracing the Process

Some of my students were interested in adding their feathers in the form of a pattern but others preferred to just add the feathers where ever they found a spot.  As the feathers began to fill up the board, the idea of making a pattern was kind of lost in the process…

 It didn’t take long before our turkey looked much happier all dressed up in his beautiful coat of feathers…

We had so many feathers on our turkey that it was difficult to find a spot to add any more feathers by the end of the day…

Enjoying their Colorful Turkey Creation

A job well done by our students and a bright and colorful turkey looked quite proud in his new coat of feathers…

Questions you may have…

  • We covered our magnetic board with contact paper leaving the sticky side out and taping the edges of the sticky paper around the back of the board.
  • The feathers came from Walmart
  • You can read more about how to make a magnetic board here!
By |2018-12-18T19:28:21+00:00November 15th, 2012|

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. Carolyn @ Mama's Little Muse November 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    This is ADORABLE! thanks!

  2. kewkew November 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this!!
    Also love the way you incorporated math into the activity with patterns.

  3. Mariana November 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    That’s a great idea! Will try this with my kids. Thanks!

  4. School Sparks Renee November 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Looks like the turkey and the kids were all happy! What a fun project. Renee

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