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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Turkey Time

Turkeys are the stars of the show at Thanksgiving. Let toddlers have fun painting their own version of the celebrated bird. Just pull out the finger paint, construction paper, and glue, and let them make a happy holiday mess.

Fingerprint Turkeys


  • Finger paint (brown, red, yellow, orange)
  • Card stock paper
  • Black sharpie  


Place your child’s thumb in the brown paint and paint a brown body and head on paper. Use the child’s pointer finger to make colored feathers around the edge. Once these have dried, use the black marker to draw the face and feet. If fingerprints are too difficult for little fingers to make, the whole hand can be used to print the turkey body and feathers.  

Alexa Bigwarfe is a freelance writer and mother of three children.