playdough! Plan your feather counting and colour naming activities with this selection of printable outlines and illustrated templates.
Great for preschool, kindergarten, and nursery
aged children where activities celebrate the gobbly uniqueness of
these distinctive birds.
Perhaps better known for their cultural significance in the USA,
turkeys arrived here in England back in the 16th
century bringing their tail fans, snood, and wattles with them! Being
supporters of a vegan lifestyle we source our craft feathers from natural
moults and finding turkey plumes is no easy feat! These paper printouts
are a convenient alternative for general playdough dressing and for young
children's early year's maths and mark-making activities where they can
be printed out whenever wanted, cut, laminated and made ready for play!
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Turn the turkey feather arrays into fans that can be manipulated
to display colour patterns, number sequences or blends eg. red and yellow
that makes orange. You will need a hole punch tool and small split pins, and possibly
a pair of pliers!
Once the feathers have been laminated and trimmed, position them together
and punch a hole at the base of the feather's spine / the rachis. Insert
the split pin through the hole so that the head remains on one side as the
prongs protrude through. Separate the two prongs from each other and fold
them back against the laminate surface so that they lie flat, check how
tight the pin now is so that whilst the templates are held together securely
they can also move freely from side to side, in either direction. If you
find the pointed tips of the prongs overhang the feather, use the pliers
to fold and tuck them under.
How to make a playdough Turkey
Select which feather templates you'l be using, colour, cut, laminate and
cut out again.
Roll two balls of brown playdough for the Turkey's head and body and a
teardrop shape from red dough as the wattle. Cut a diamond shaped beak
from yellow craft foam and position two wobbly eyes. Insert a fan of separate feathers or an
arrangement that's been joined with pins. These can be inserted directly
into a ball of dough creating immediate wing structures and tails, perfect
for the reluctant 'dougher' or additional interest for the enthusiast!