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Weekend Fun: Tangled Turkey!

Weekend Fun: Tangled Turkey!
Roasted turkey is a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal in the U.S. – but not all turkeys are for eating! Whether you celebrate with traditional American cuisine or comfort foods from your own culture, a turkey can still be part of your harvest festival – read a nonfiction book about wild turkeys or find a picture book that features a turkey.

Extend the fun by reading The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater. This classic was first published in 1977 and tells the story of a boy who is sent to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner and comes back with a 266-pound chicken instead! It’s a great read-aloud early chapter book and available in the Library’s collection as well as from online bookstores. If you search online, you may find the made-for-television movie to watch for free as well.

Make a turkey decoration for your home! You can make one for each guest at your holiday meal.

Make a Tangled Turkey!

What you need:

  • 1 large circle approx. 4 1/2 inches in an autumn color
  • Approx. 25 assorted paper strips in fall colors
  • Assorted paper strips cut from old magazines or books beyond repair
  • 1/2 piece of pipe cleaner or chenille stem
  • 2 small white circles (approx. 1 inch)
  • 2 slightly smaller black circles
  • 1 scrap yellow paper
  • 1 scrap red paper
  • A few feathers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

What you do:

  1. Trace a round object and cut out the circle. If you want a “turkey” color, use brown or deep purple or black or gray but any autumn color will look great – or you can use white paper and color it with crayons. This will be the turkey’s body.
  2. Apply glue to the paper strips and layer them, one at a time, in a criss-cross manner across the large circle. We used 25 paper strips ranging from 3 to 6 inches long and a half inch wide. These are the turkey’s body feathers. (see photo below)
  3. Glue the black circles inside the white ones for eyes, and then glue them in the middle of the body.
  4. Cut a triangle out of the yellow scrap and glue it beneath the eyes for the beak.
  5. Cut any small shape out of the red scrap and glue it beneath the beak – this is the turkey’s wattle.
  6. Bend the pipe cleaner in half, bend up each tip to make legs and feet and tape it to the back. (see below)
  7. Put a generous spot of glue around the top of the circle (still working on the back) and apply the feathers.
Turkey Front

Turkey Back

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