Family Hand Print Turkeys

27 Nov


Many moons ago, I was a preschool and 2 and 3 year old teacher at early childhood education centers.  It was without a doubt the best and most rewarding work I’ve ever done. {Next to being a stay at home mommy and housewife, that is!} In my classrooms we would make these with the child’s hand print and send them home to the families at Thanksgiving time! What a cute keepsake! Hand print art activities are some of my favorites!

So, when I saw these over at Crafts by Amanda I decided to make one with my family. I love that it has Mommy and Daddy’s hands on it too! In fact, I love it so much I’ve decided this will be a Thanksgiving tradition for my family! I can’t wait to look back on these over the years and see how her hand has grown! I also scanned it and I am going to print it out at a photo kiosk on 8 x 10 photo paper and send it to the grandparents so they can have this special keepsake too!


Family Hand Print Turkey       

Author: Amanda Formaro, Crafts by Amanda



construction paper in red, yellow, orange and brown

2 medium googly eyes

white craft or school glue



Have mom (and dad) place their hand on a piece of red construction paper. Trace around their hand and cut out.

Note: If doing this as a class project, send home a note to parents to trace their hand on white paper and send back to school with their child. When the papers are returned, lay a piece of red construction paper under the white paper and use a pen or pencil to trace the hand, the indents from the pen will show where to cut on the red paper. Alternatively, you can send home a sheet of red construction paper with each child.

Trace the hands of each child in the family onto different colors of construction paper. Cut out.

Starting with the largest hands, layer smallest on top of largest, glue together.

Cut out a plump circle for the body and an oval for the head from brown construction paper. Glue on top of the smallest hand.

Cut out a small red heart for the gobbler and orange triangle for the beak, glue in place. Glue on wiggle eyes.

Print out the phrases below using Notepad, Word, Wordpad or similar word processing program, changing the name of the children and year if needed:

To Mommy & Daddy with Love

From {Child’s Name} Thanksgiving {Year}

We will never be this size again

keep this picture to remember when.

Cut out poems, glue first one to the top of the green construction paper and the second one to the bottom, or just use the bottom poem if you like.


4 Responses to “Family Hand Print Turkeys”

  1. Amanda November 28, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    I love it, it’s so cute! So glad you were inspired to make it, thank you for the shout out! 🙂

  2. jolynccc November 28, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    such a cute idea! 😉

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