The Big Green Parenting Experiment

raising a healthy family in a toxic world

handprint turkeys!

on November 19, 2012

Who doesn’t remember making handprint turkeys as kids?? Now that Schy is a toddler, I thought it would be fun to make handprint turkey cards for our family. It was Schy’s first experience with finger paint and she loved it! Mama’s girl! This craft is so simple and there’s still time to whip some up for your family before turkey day.

You will need:
Card stock, a light color to paint and a dark color for matting
Non-toxic washable paints (brown, red, orange, yellow)
Paint brush
Sponge or damp towel
Glue stick
Pens for details (brown, orange)
One tiny hand

I started by having everything ready. Knowing the attention span of a 14 month old, I wanted to be prepared to make handprints quickly and wipe the paint off right away. I spread a thin layer of brown paint on a plastic plate, had the card stock laid out and was prepared with a damp towel. Next, the toddler. I pressed her hand into the paint before each print, four per sheet of card stock.

Once the handprints were dry, I used a dry brush to tap some colored feathers on each finger and a dab of red for the waddle. That coat dried pretty quickly so I could add eye, beak and leg details with the pens. I then cut the turkey’s out with scalloped scissors and framed them on orange card stock.

For a finishing touch we wrote ‘I am thankful for my family!’ on the back of each person’s card with Schy’s name and the year. In future years it’ll be fun to have her tell us what she is thankful for. These came out super cute and I’m sure her family will just love them when she hands them out on Thanksgiving! It’s such a cute, personal little keepsake and one that took just minutes to make. Next year we’ll make our finger paints!

How do you involve your little ones in the holidays?

Wishing all of my readers a safe and Happy Thanksgiving with the ones you love!


5 responses to “handprint turkeys!

  1. Theresa says:

    Hi, I’m a new follower from the blog hop! These are too cute! I may just do them with my kids this week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Kelly says:

    this is such an awesome idea. i think i might try this with D tomorrow and maybe use them as namecards at our Thanksgiving table!

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