I was inspired to create these Play Doh turkeys by a super cute Instagram feed, Shop Love Lucy.
These are great activities to get you in the spirit of Thanksgiving or to keep your Lil’ busy Thanksgiving morning while you’re cooking.
Play Doh is a fabulous fine motor skill activity as it really strengthens those tiny hand muscles which will help them learn to write.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Required Materials

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*Brown Play Doh

*Construction Paper

*Feathers

*Pipecleaner

*Googley Eyes

*Scissors

Step #1
Cut a small triangle from orange paper and an oval from red construction paper. These will be the beak and the gobbler.
Step #2
Cut a pipe cleaner into fourths.
You will only need 2 pieces.
Step #3
Layout the beak, gobbler, feathers, googley eyes, and pipe cleaners.
Step #4
Invite your Lil’ to build a turkey out of these materials.

Teacher Tip

It is okay if your Lil’ makes a less than recognizable turkey or if they don’t even make a turkey at all. The goal of this activity is to practice fine motor skills and be creative. Anything your Lil’ does with Play Doh will achieve this goal!

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