Fun & Easy Foam Turkey Craft for Kids

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One of our favorite ways to celebrate holidays, such as Thanksgiving, is by making foam play sets that are reusable time and time again. When the holiday is over, we pack them up to store until next year. Foam sets are quick, easy, and inexpensive to make and they are easy enough that even toddlers can successfully play with them.

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What you'll need for this activity: Foam sheets in multiple colors (I suggest brown, white, black, red, orange, yellow, and green); a shallow dish with water; a flat smooth surface such as a window, front of a refrigerator, shower door, or bathtub wall. Foam sheets can be purchased online or at a local craft store.

What to do:

  1. Cut out some turkey shapes as shown above. I created a one-piece brown turkey body, two orange feet, one orange beak, one red wattle, two white eyeballs, two black pupils, and a variety of feathers in different sizes and colors.
  2. Set your child up in front of the smooth surface where they'll be applying the foam pieces. Give them the individual foam pieces and a shallow dish of water.
  3. Have them dip one side of the foam in water and apply the wet side of the foam to the smooth wall.
  4. The water will keep the foam "stuck" on a smooth flat surface for 24-48 hours, depending on how dry the air in your house is and how often it is disturbed. 

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The foam lasts for several years, so there are plenty of opportunities for your child to make multiple creations using the various pieces.

 

Images via Asia Citro

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