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Pine Cone Turkey

by Terri Fields

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When I was in the first or second grade I made one of these little turkeys. I remember giving to my grandmother and she would put it out during Thanksgiving. When my first son was born, I couldn’t wait to make one with him. We made it when he was only 4 months old and I still have it after all these years. What a great memory!


  • Pine cone
  • Cardstock—white or cream
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers—orange, red, yellow and brown


  1. Trace your child's hand. Make sure to spread out their fingers so you can make feathers later.
  2. Color the hand and cut it out.
  3. Now we need to make a head for the turkey (see photo at right).  Make it in the shape of an S so it will look turkey-like when it is attached to the pinecone.  Color it (front and back) and cut it out.
  4. Be suer to write your child's name and year on it so you can remember when you made it and how old they were at the time.
  5. Take the hand and glue it on the big end of the pine cone.
  6. Slip the turkey head between the stem s on the other end and add glue.
  7. Let it dry over night. 

Then, find a special place for your turkey.  Use it as a center piece on the kitchen table or a bookshelf and enjoy!

Turkey Facts:

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
  • A wild turkey’s gobble can be heard a mile away.

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