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Cheap & Easy Thanksgiving Classroom Craft for Kids – Pudding Turkeys

Last year I had Thanksgiving plans all ironed out months before the big day, and planned in time to prep, assemble, and distribute Turkey Oreo Packs in Miss P’s preschool class.

This year I’m still in denial that Thanksgiving is even on this page of the calendar. Where did the time go?!?!? I hadn’t really planned to make a classroom craft (heck, I hadn’t really planned for anything yet) but circumstances came together with an open afternoon and an easy craft with materials on-hand. Meet our Snack Pack Turkey Treats:

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These were super cheap and easy to put together, fit our school’s requirements (pre-packaged, nut-free), and Miss P had a great time putting them together and playing pudding-puppets the whole time.  I didn’t gain inspiration from any particular website, but they are all over Pinterest and Google Images if you’d like to check out some other versions. Here’s what you need:

 

Materials:

  • Chocolate or chocolate + vanilla pudding packs, the non-refrigerated kind (otherwise humidity/condensation probs)
  • Googly eyes – the adhesive-backed ones are WAY easier, but I was working with what I had on hand and ended up adding glue dots to the back of a dollar store package of eyes. Adding the glue dot had to be a mom-step, so that was a little more prep time for me, but she was able to apply them the same as self-stick ones. Make sure they have a light touch and don’t crush the containers too much (whoops…)
  • red, orange, and yellow paper or cardstock (1-2 pieces each makes over 30 turkeys)
  • double sided tape
  • scissors
  • small heart paper punch (or free hand them)
  • scalloped oval paper punch (or similar – or just strips of paper)

First, flip the pudding cups upside down and apply the eyes

 

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Next assemble the faces – I used scissors to snip little imperfect triangle beaks, and a small heart punch for the wattles (you could free hand these too). Use double stick tape to layer the beak on top of the wattle, and an extra piece of double stick tape to apply to the pudding cup.

turkeyface2 Next comes the feathers. I used a scalloped oval paper punch to quickly make red, orange, and yellow “feathers,” each with a small piece of double stick tape for Miss P to apply to the back of the pudding cup. You could also free hand cut feather shapes, or use strips of paper, or real feathers. turkeyfeathers The final step was just a gift tag – my hope was to print these on self-stick labels for the easiest application, but I couldn’t find them quickly so we just made strips of paper and slapped them on the bottom with some more of that double-stick tape. Voila! turkeytagMiss P is THRILLED to be distributing these to her classmates today, and I’m glad I took the time to make it happen. We’re all feeling much more festive now, and it is always nice to show your appreciation to those who really do enrich your life daily. If not in to a whole classroom project, you can even make these just for teachers/postal carriers/community helpers.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you & your family have many things to be thankful for. The Whimsy families certainly do!

Don’t forget to play today! ~Heather