You Will Need ...
  1. Newspaper

  2. Construction paper

  3. Markers

  4. 2 rubber bands

  5. Tacky glue

  6. Paper lunch bag

  7. Scissors

  8. Googly eyes

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Step 1: 

To begin, take your paper lunch bag and open it up. Then take one sheet of newspaper and crumple it into a ball. Place the newspaper ball inside the bag, pushing it to the bottom.

Step 2: 

With the newspaper ball inside, twist the paper bag shut, just above the ball. Give it a good couple of twists -- this will be your turkey's neck! Make sure you leave some room at the top for the head.

Step 3: 

Secure the twisted neck in place with a rubber band.

Step 4: 

Take another sheet of newspaper and tear it in half, then in half again. Take this 1/4 sheet and crumple it into a ball for the head, about the size of a ping pong ball. Open your paper bag above the rubber banded neck. Place the newspaper ball inside.

Step 5: 

Just as you did for the neck, twist the top of the paper bag together to close it, sealing the newspaper ball head inside.

Step 6: 

Secure the head closure with a rubber band.

Step 7: 

Using tacky glue (or glue dots, or hot glue if there's an adult to help), add your googly eyes to the head! Cut a triangle out of construction paper for a beak and glue that just under the eyes.

Step 8: 

Now onto the turkey's feathers! You can make them any way you want, but here we'll be using the good ol'-fashioned handprint method! Using a marker, trace your hand on a piece of construction paper. Make several handprints on colors like brown, orange, and yellow.

Step 9: 

Cut the handprints out. Flip them so the thumbs point outward in opposite directions and stack them on top of each other.

Step 10: 

Use tacky glue to glue the handprints to each other, and then glue them to the back of your turkey.

Step 11: 

And there you have it, a basic paper bag turkey! You can go to town using your markers and cut-out pieces of construction paper to decorate him even more!

Age: 
Preschool
School-age
Basic: 
Holiday
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Holiday: 
Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Recycled: 
Paper
Supervision: 
1 adult per 5 children
Variations: 

Here's another, more elaborate turkey that I made!

Variation Photos: