How to Make a Finger Paint Turkey

by Sarah Clark
Finger painting is an entertaining, hands-on craft.

Finger painting is an entertaining, hands-on craft.

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Finger painting is a craft that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Using finger paints in autumn colors lets you make pictures to celebrate the fall season as well as the Thanksgiving holiday. Have your children make finger-painted turkeys to decorate your home, or make your own artful turkeys for cards, place markers or other seasonal crafts. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after your finger painting project is done to avoid inadvertently spreading the paint to other surfaces.

Items you will need

  • Red, orange and brown finger paint
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Paper
  • Black marker
Step 1

Space apart three piles of red, orange and brown paint on the scrap cardboard to make a palette.

Step 2

Dip your index finger into the red paint. Make an arch of red marks on the paper. These are the back row of feathers.

Step 3

Dip your pinkie finger into the orange paint. Make an arch of orange marks directly under the back row of feathers. Overlap the rows to make the feathers as plentiful or sparse as you like.

Step 4

Dip your thumb into the brown paint. Make one or more thumbprints under the second row of orange feathers to make the turkey's body.

Step 5

Let the paint dry, then draw in the turkey's eyes, beak and feet with the black marker.

About the Author

Sarah Clark has been writing since 1997, with work appearing in Northern Arizona University's "Student Life Organization Newsletter." She holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in art history from Northern Arizona University.

Photo Credits

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