Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gratitude/Thankful Heart Turkey

Gratitude/Thankful Heart Turkey

We love the book - My Heart Is Like a Zoo.

We had made bear and lion Valentine swap cards from the book. When I saw the heart Wooden turkey craft at classified mom, I got the idea of creating a thankful heart turkey. Starting this year, we are planning to ceate a thankful/Gratitude turkey every year, so that CJ can write what she is thankful for.

Materials Used:
Construction paper
Poster board
Child Safe Scissors
Glue stick

Steps Overview:

We played around Picnik software to create different heart templates of the Turkey.

Heart Turkey - Version 1

Heart Turkey - Version 2

Pencil sketches of the turkeys
Heart Turkey template

The different heart shapes template
Gratitude/Thankful heart Turkey template

What we did:

We took print out of the pencil sketches and the different heart shapes template

Using the different hearts template, we cut the heart shapes out of construction paper.

CJ glued on the hearts to a poster board using the pencil sketches as reference

After gluing the feathers, She glued the body of the turkey

Head/face, wattle, beak, Wiggly eyes in the order. For the wattles, we cut a heart shape into half. Then she glued in the Wings and the feet.

I asked CJ what she is thankful for and with the spelling help she wrote them in the turkey feathers! In one of the hearts she wrote "me" and Says "Thank you God for making me, me". She likes the Butterfly song(If I were the Butterfly) and the lyrics! Totally amazed how she linked the song lyrics with the thankfulness!


  1. Ooh I love that book it is soooo cute! We have given it as a gift before. Definitely full of love. And ADORABLE to do a heart turkey!

    Thank you for joining Kids Get Crafty!


  2. This is adorable! What a great idea.

  3. Hi Esther! Stopping by from Show and Tell. My Boogie LOVES hearts so I think this is something he would enjoy. I am going to pin it because it's so adorable :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Sierra @his4homeschooling.blogspot.com

  4. Esther! I think this project is fantastically adorable! Thank you so much for linking up to Show and Tell this week. I have a lot of different size heart punches and I can't wait to give this a try for next year.

  5. so cute and I love that she wrote what she is thankful for on the hearts. Saving this idea for next year! LOVE the use of hearts - my girls would enjoy that.

    Thanks for linking your idea to the Sunday Showcase last week. Hope to see you this week!


  6. oh.. simply cute!! so pretty!! Loved this... Thank you for coming to the Gratitude series.. :-)

  7. That is so cute! I think we will have to do that in our home this year!

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  9. SUPER cute!! Love the hearts and gratitude aspect of it! Thanks for sharing on The Sunday Showcase, I'll be featuring this tomorrow!

  10. I like how you made the turkey completely out of hearts! I'm featuring you this week on the Sunday Showcase. :)