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Tie Dye Turkeys

This art activity was inspired by A Turkey for Thanksgiving. To learn more about the book and to see all our Turkey for Thanksgiving activities, click here


  • Coffee filter
  • Markers
  • Spray bottle filled with water, or paintbrush and small dish of water
  • Newspaper for covering workspace
  • pencil
  • Construction paper – brown, yellow, red
  • Glue
  • Marker or crayon


  1. Lay the coffee filter out flat on a washable surface or a large sheet of paper. Let your reader go to town coloring the filter with markers, using several colors. The colored filter will be the tail of the turkey. 

    Tie Dye Turkey
  2. Once the coloring is complete put those little fingers to work with the spray bottle spraying the filter. It should be damp enough to allow the colors to run together, but not soaked. Place the filter on a sheet of newspaper to dry overnight.

    Tie Dye Turkey
  3. To make the turkey’s body and head help your reader trace two different size circles on brown construction paper. We traced a peanut butter jar and a round tea tin for our circles. If your reader needs help, try holding the containers steady while the little fingers do the tracing.
  4. Cut out the traced circles, and glue the body and head on the coffee filter tail.
  5. To help young hands make a triangular beak simply supply a small square of yellow construction paper and show how to cut off one corner.
    Tie Dye Turkey
  6. Legs come from yellow construction paper as well and the wattle is a squiggle cut from red construction paper. Have your reader glue these pieces on, then add eyes with a marker or crayon, and you have a turkey for Thanksgiving!
  7. Tie Dye Turkeys





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