Handprint Footprint Turkey Craft, Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Gobble, Gobble, it’s turkey time!  As the season of gratitude approaches, what better way to celebrate than by creating a beautiful handprint and footprint turkey craft with your loved ones? This delightful activity not only serves as a wonderful decoration for your Thanksgiving festivities but also as a cherished keepsake for years to come.

This is an adorable craft to do at home with your little ones. It’s also the perfect craft for a day care or Mommy and Me class.

Follow the step-by-step directions below to create a handprint footprint turkey craft.

Thanksgiving Turkey handprint footprint craft.


  • white, red, and orange construction paper
  • paint ( I used brown, red, yellow, orange, gold)
  • paintbrush
  • glue
  • optional eye sticker or googly eye, magnet

*If you have access to a laminator, I recommend laminating them.  If your making this at home with your child and do not have access to a laminator, many teach supply stores can laminate items for you for a small fee.


Step 1: Paint the bottom of your child’s foot brown and their toes orange.  This will be the turkey’s body and feet.

Turkey Body (your child's footprint)

Step 2: Have your child place their foot on white construction paper to make a footprint.

Step 3: Paint your child’s hand red and make a handprint on another piece of white construction paper.

Handprint for the turkey's feathers.

Step 4: Use the orange paint and repeat step 3. You’re going to layer your child’s handprints on top of each other at an angle, as shown in the picture below. Keep layering handprints with different-colored paints four times, as shown below. You can even get creative and make a handprint using a combination of the paints, as shown below.

turkey handprint
turkey handprint
Turkey handprint
Handprints to create the look of turkey feathers.

Step 5: Using orange construction paper, cut out a turkey nose and glue it onto the turkey.

Step 6: Using red construction paper, cut out the turkey’s wattle and glue it onto the turkey.

Step 7: You can either draw an eye onto your turkey or use an eye sticker or googly eye.

Step 8:Cut out the footprint and the handprint.

If you’re not going to laminate your turkey, simply position the hands (feathers) onto the foot (turkey body) and glue them together.

If you’re going to laminate them, you do not need to glue them together; just position them between the laminate sheets and put the paper through the laminator.

Completed turkey handprint food print craft.

Optional Step 9: Glue a magnet to the back of the turkey.

We hope you enjoyed creating this adorable turkey handprint footprint craft with your little one.