This Thanksgiving turkey treat is fun for all ages to make! Create them with kids on Thanksgiving day for a simple activity!
Thanksgiving is a busy day if you're making food for a big dinner. Make the day easier by preparing a few simple activities for kids to do in the kitchen alongside of you! These Thanksgiving turkey treats get kids building, creating, and even developing their fine motor skills while you are working nearby to get your work done.
This Thanksgiving Turkey Treat will be the hit of the season!
How do you make this simple turkey treat?
Turkey Treat Materials:
- Candy corn
- Gum drops
- Juju fruits (or fruit snacks)
- Paper plate
Turkey Treat Instructions:
- First, take an apple and stick a toothpick in the front of the apple.
- Add a big marshmallow to the toothpick and then stick on raisins to make two turkey eyes.
- Next add a turkey beak using a toothpick and a candy corn. You can also stick on a fruit snack or Juju fruit to make a red gobbler.
- Stick several toothpicks on the top of the apple to create feathers.
- Add gum drops to the toothpicks to create colorful turkey feathers.
- Add toothpicks at the bottom of the apple and attach candy to make the turkey feet.
- Admire your beautiful turkey creation and then eat it (or save it as a Thanksgiving table decoration).
Not only is this turkey treat fun to make, it is a great way to help kids build their fine motor skills!
Why are fine motor skills important?
- Fine motor skills helps kids perform tasks like reaching, grasping, and moving objects.
- Fine motor skills also help kids learn and develop handwriting and drawing skills.
- Kids develop a more positive self esteem as their fine motor skills begin to grow and they can do more on their own.
- Fine motor skills help kids be able to be more independent and rely on adults less.
In this activity, as kids push the toothpicks into the turkey, kind of like an apple poke fine motor activity, they're strengthening their finger muscles, working on hand-eye coordination, and building some problem solving skills.
What book can we read along with this activity?
I love pairing books with an activity! 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston is a fun turkey books that can match up with this turkey treat activity.
Want to check out some other Thanksgiving books? You can see our 15+ Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers here.
We've done this turkey treat with toddlers, preschoolers, and even tweens and teens! Everyone loved it. Even adults have fun creating their own apple turkeys. I definitely recommend that you include this simple activity in your holiday plans this year!
Be the most popular person at Thanksgiving dinner when you pull out this simple activity for the kids to work on while you finalize dinner preps. You will be the hero!