Thanksgiving Craft: Fingerprint Turkey Cards

Fingerprint Turkey Cards

With Thanksgiving coming sooner than I’m ready to admit, I’ve been reflecting on what I’m thankful for and looking for ways to help my son do the same.  Four year olds are all kinds of selfish, so I’ll seize any opportunity to get him thinking about others.  With that in mind, we set out to make some cards to send to friends and family to let them know we are grateful to have them in our lives.  I found the inspiration for these fingerprint turkey cards in Family Fun magazine, where they were imagined as place cards.  Whether you make them as place cards, greeting cards or just make them for the fun of it, they are a cute way to get ready for turkey day.

Supplies for Fingerprint Turkey CardsSend a note of thanks with these fingerprint turkey cards.  Fun craft project for preschoolers. You’ll need:
Blank Greeting Cards or Cardstock
Non-Toxic Ink Pads in your choice of colors
Markers/Paint Markers for Decorating

I happened to find all the colors I wanted in one huge ink pad at JoAnn that was perfect for this project.

We made two styles of turkey, one facing front, one facing to the side. I envisioned taking step-by-step photos while Jake and I made cards. Then I was faced with the harsh reality that ink pads, little fingers and expensive cameras probably aren’t an ideal combination. So I waited until naptime to do a set on my own.

For the front facing turkey, start by making a row of feathers with your index finger.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Front Step 2Add more rows of feathers in colors of your choice.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Front Step3Make the body with a thumbprint.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Front FacingAdd eyes, beak and feet.  We used paint markers for the eyes and beak – markers won’t show up over the ink.

(If you have any googly eyes around, they’d be a cute touch.)

Now, how about those side facing turkeys:

Fingerprint Turkey - Side Step 1Make the body with a sideways thumbprint and use your index finger for the head.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Side Step 2Add rows of index print feathers.

Fingerprint Turkeys - Side Step 3Add eye, beak, wattle and feet.

Voila!

Fingerprint Turkey CardsKinda cute, don’t you think?

Feel free to doodle some more.  Sunshine and an airplane are good choices.

Fingerprint Thanksgiving CardI think Daddy will like it.

An afternoon of crafting, that’s something else to be thankful for.

40 Responses to Thanksgiving Craft: Fingerprint Turkey Cards
  1. Tricia @Nightowlmama
    November 16, 2010 | 9:08 pm

    THose are tooooo stinkin cute
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  2. Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy
    November 16, 2010 | 10:25 pm

    Awww, what a great idea! I think even my two-year-old could do this, we may try soon. :)
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  3. Katie
    November 17, 2010 | 7:45 am

    totally bookmarking this. I think they are absolutely adorable!

  4. Kasandria Reasoner
    November 17, 2010 | 9:28 am

    Ok those are TOO cute! I’ve never seen this craft before. Stumbled for ya!
    Kas
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  5. Stefani
    November 17, 2010 | 10:19 am

    Very cute. My daughter makes turkeys with her hands, but these are cute too!
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    November 17, 2010 | 11:04 am

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    November 17, 2010 | 2:52 pm

    That is too cute! I’m going to have to do that with Zoe. To the craft store we go!
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  9. Stefanie
    November 17, 2010 | 3:10 pm

    Very Cute & clever!

  10. Blommi
    November 17, 2010 | 3:28 pm

    I think Daddy will ;like it too :)
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  12. Rob
    November 17, 2010 | 4:41 pm

    That is really cool. This is something my kids would definetly like. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Courtney
    November 17, 2010 | 5:19 pm

    Wow, this is super cute! I’m doing this with my students :)
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  14. yael
    November 17, 2010 | 9:08 pm

    Love those! What a great idea! I’m going to use that in my class and even adapt it to other occasions! Thanks!

  15. carma
    November 18, 2010 | 8:43 am

    those came out awesome. And all turkey pics must have a plane in them!

  16. Rachel
    November 18, 2010 | 10:47 am

    ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so doing this with my daughter.
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  17. Staci A
    November 18, 2010 | 5:32 pm

    They are adorable!

  18. Rhea
    November 18, 2010 | 8:09 pm

    These are super cute! I’m so going to do this with my boys. Thanks!

  19. Tee
    November 19, 2010 | 9:50 pm

    Love it! I’m going to do this with my daughter and her BFF on Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

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    November 21, 2010 | 7:12 pm

    I love the colors you chose for the turkeys. They are so cute.
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    Making this in my class with a bunch of 7 year olds :)
    Having loads of fun! Thnx!

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    December 16, 2012 | 11:41 am

    wow… it’s so cute..!!:-) thanks for sharing :-D

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    November 5, 2013 | 10:50 pm

    We are using your idea to make notes and include them in an act of kindness for our neighbors. Thanks for the idea!

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    November 20, 2013 | 8:46 pm

    This is adorable! I’ll be sharing it on The Crafty Crow soon :)
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