Let’s Talk Turkey

Stranded in a hotel in a land that barely gets chilly – much less autumnal – it’s really, really hard to feel the holiday spirit. Thanksgiving is coming and if I’m going to be stuck in this hotel for it (which I may, or may not be. Isn’t not knowing fun?) then it’s going to be Thanksgivingy, darn it! In that spirit, I’d like to present Improvised Turkeys.

Would you like to make your own?


  • Construction paper – I used 1 sheet each of orange, yellow and red and 1/4 sheet of black paper per turkey
  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Tape
  1. Fold the red and yellow paper into quarters (so you have a paper about 8″ x 2.5″) and cut out a feather shape.
  2. Freehand a turkey shape – Charlie said it looked like a peanut, and that’s fair – out of the orange. Cut it out.
  3. Fold the remaining orange into thirds and cut out a feather shape.
  4. Cut out a little black pilgrim hat!
  5. Decorate all your pieces. I talked with my boys about what it means to be thankful for something and had them draw or write things they were thankful for on the feathers.
  6. Tape the hat to the turkey and the turkey to the back of the plate; then tape the feathers to the other side. If your kids decorated them, make sure the drawings face out!
  7. Tape them on the walls. Take that, hotel blahs!


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