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Sponge Paint Turkey Craft for Kids

Looking for a fun and easy alternative to the handprint turkey? Look no further, we have a sponge painting craft idea that is ideal for children of all ages – infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Even your school-aged child will enjoy this craft. It’s easy for you, too, as it involves simple items you have around the house.

How to Make a Sponge Paint Turkey

Supplies Needed:

  • Covering for your workspace (disposable tablecloth, butcher paper, newspaper, etc.)
  • Construction paper or plain paper
  • Markers (if using plain paper)
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paper plates
  • Scissors (adult supervision needed)

Supplies needed to make sponge paint turkey for a handmade Thanksgiving kids craft


  1. Cover your workspace and gather your materials.
  2. Cut the sponge into strips. (This requires adult supervision and for younger children, the adult should cut the sponge.)
  3. Pour small amounts of paint onto a paper plate. Your child will dip the sponge into the paint on the plate and place it on another paper plate.
  4. Dip the sponge into the paint and dap onto the paper plate. Get creative and mix colors or create patterns. Cover the entire paper plate with paint. Have fun!
  5. Set the paper plate aside to dry.
  6. While the paper plate is drying, cut out the face/body, beak, and wattle for the turkey.
  7. Glue the googly eyes, beak, and wattle onto your turkey.
  8. Once the paint is dry, glue the turkey face/body onto the paper plate.

Display your sponge painting turkey craft or give to a loved one as a Thanksgiving decoration.

Handmade Thanksgiving turkey craft for kids

Need additional Thanksgiving themed craft ideas? Here are a few easy craft ideas from New Horizon Academy:

Looking for ways to help your child express thanks and gratitude this Thanksgiving season? Here are a few helpful articles from New Horizon Academy:

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