I always like to have our daughter make one special project to hang on the fridge each month. While the handprint turkey is a perennial favorite for November, I saw the idea for leaf turkeys on Pinterest and decided that we had to make our own this year. Our daughter loved making them and was quick to point out that they reminded her of a stuffed turkey decoration we have had for years because they both have leaves in place of feathers. I thought she made a pretty good connection!
I cut out large circles out of light brown construction paper and smaller circles out of dark brown construction paper. I cut out yellow beaks and red wattles. I also happened to have some artificial leaves on hand that worked perfectly, although I think it would be really fun to go on a fall nature walk looking for leaves and then have kids use the leaves they found to make the turkeys. I also had googly eyes ready for the turkeys’ faces. Start by gluing the leaves on the tops of the bigger circles. It takes a fair amount of glue to get them to stick. We used Elmer’s School Glue, but I think Tacky Glue might be a better choice. Once the leaves are in place, just leave them alone to dry. They won’t stick well if you keep lifting them up to check if they are stuck yet (soooo hard for kids to understand)! Then glue the smaller circles below the leaves. Glue on the eyes, beaks, and wattles. You will end up with super cute turkeys!