Make a turkey using clay and wooden craft, or Popsicle, sticks. These festive birds can liven up your Thanksgiving dinner table -- or simply use them as decoration for the kids' table. Since this craft is so simple, kids of all ages can make their own turkeys. Make them as a project for a school class or church group and let everyone take their turkeys home to show them off to family.
To make a clay turkey, you will need some modeling clay. This can be any type of clay as long as it is brown. Orange and/or red clay can be used for the beak and feet. You will need some googly eyes and some wooden craft sticks. Markers or paints can be used to color the craft sticks. If you are using paints with kids, make sure the paints are washable. You may need some toothpicks if your clay is soft and won't stay assembled.
Mold the turkey's body using the brown clay. Use your imagination to make your turkey look how you want it to. The turkey can consist of one large ball for the body itself and a smaller ball for the head, or just one large ball. A toothpick can help the head stay on the body, if needed.
The craft sticks will be used to make the turkey's feathers. Six sticks should work for each turkey. Let kids color the feathers using markers or washable paints and a paintbrush. The turkey's feathers can be any color, but fall colors are preferable, such as orange, red, yellow and brown. Let the craft sticks dry, then poke them in the turkey's back using a fan formation.
Make turkey feet out of orange clay by rolling out small pieces that look like claws. Press these underneath the turkey so they look like feet. Make a small, triangle-shaped beak and a turkey wattle by using orange or red clay for those features. Press googly eyes right above the beak to finish the turkey's face.
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