SHARED by: Early Learning Foundations Preschool

Add some fun to your Thanksgiving table with kid-designed, turkey placemats. Make this an annual tradition and see how much the turkey grows each year!


  • Construction Paper
  • Tempura Paint
  • Markers
  • Paintbrush
  • Laminating sheets or contact paper


  • Make turkeys using your child’s handprint. Allow your child to stray from the traditional brown turkey and let them choose the color of their bird. Paint each finger a different color, for a colorful feathers.
  • Once the handprint is dry, use a marker to draw an eye, beak, wattle and feet.
  • Apply self-laminating sheets or clear contact paper to both sides of the paper to make the placemats stronger and more durable.

Optional: If you want to avoid a squabble about seating arrangements, personalize the placemats by gluing a photo directly onto the construction paper before laminating. Now, your guests have gift to take with them!

Photo Credit: Artists Helping Children