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How to Make a Playdough Turkey

by Andrea Martelle
November 22, 2023
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A playdough turkey is the perfect activity for a lull in the action on Thanksgiving! Set out the materials at the kids’ table for a fun Turkey Day craft!  

Updated October 2023

We made this turkey themed batch of playdough for my daughter’s kindergarten class. Then we made another batch for my son’s preschool class. And then we had to make our own batch for home, so we could make more playdough turkeys! 

And boy, have we been making them! We found the perfect Autumnal feathers and glitter, and even added some cinnamon to our playdough for a Fall sensory experience. 

We’ll be bringing this batch to our cousins’ house for Thanksgiving, to share in the fun! 

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

How to Make a Playdough Turkey



  1. Make your playdough

    We made our turkeys using this cooked playdough recipe and added cinnamon so it would smell cozy! We used food coloring to make light brown, and then orange, yellow and red. You can also skip this step and use store bought playdough. 

    fall colored playdough

  2. Add glitter!

    If you’d like, you can add glitter to your playdough for a little extra sparkle.

    glitter on brown playdough

  3. Make your turkeys!

    You can make your turkeys as simple or as ornate as you’d like.

      adding eye to turkey playdough

    Roll two balls of brown playdough: one for the body and one for the head. Place the head on the body and add an orange beak and googly eyes. Then add feathers! You can also use the other colored playdough as the feathers.

    adding feathers to turkey

My kids had so much fun making these little turkeys. They also used the playdough to make fall trees, and pizzas, since the colors worked so well! 

playdough turkey
Photo by Andrea Martelle

We think kids of all ages will have fun with this activity on Thanksgiving! If have a group of mixed ages at your house this Thanksgiving, be sure to check out our list of 11 Creative Activities for Kids of All Ages.

More Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Want even more creative ideas?

Check out our Thanksgiving Creativity pack!

Full of wonderfully fun ideas to help your family practice gratitude this season, this 38-page printable eBook includes: Drawing Prompts, Conversation Starters, Art Projects, and more!

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