Looking for fall or Thanksgiving crafts for your preschooler or elementary school crafter? Make this toilet paper roll turkey in no time and with little materials. It’s a great project to make with the kids. Save several tubes from the toilet paper. Also, take a day and spend time with the kids gathering leaves on a nature hunt or a walk around you neighborhood.
You will need to press the leaves once you get them home. Pressing the leaves is quite simple. This is another fun project to do with the kids. Give them 2 pieces of wax paper. Place the leaves between the two sheets of wax paper. Place the sheets between the pages of a heavy book. I actually used an phone book, and placed the book under my Kitchen Aid mixer. After a few days, check the leaves to see if they are dry. All moisture should be removed. Once the leaves that you want to use have reached this stage, you are ready to assemble your turkey.
You will also need the following items:
- toilet paper roll
- brown paint
- paint brush
- yellow construction paper
- Googly Eyes ( I found these at the Dollar Tree)
Paint the toilet paper roll brown and allow it to dry thoroughly, approximately 15 minutes. While the toilet paper roll is drying, spread 4-5 leaves into a fan. Make sure your center leaf is a little higher than the others, you want it to be higher than the tube.
Glue your leaves together with a hot glue gun or Elmer’s glue pen. Next, make the feet and a nose with your construction paper. Be sure to make your legs and feet long enough to hang from beneath the tube. I glued the legs on the inside of the toilet paper roll. Once the toilet paper roll is dry, glue your leaves, eyes, nose and feet to the tube.
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