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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults Turkey 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!

A playdough turkey tail feathers activity

Brown playdough recipe or Play-Doh on

Feather printables

Three feather playdough mats

Simpple oval shaped feather outlines

Chevron striped trukey tail feathers

20 numbered colour feathers

20 outline feathers for counting

fan of outline bird tail feathers

array of red orange feathers

array of yellow green feathers

array of blue purple feathers

array of brown black feathers
Large turkey feather outline templates - colouring picture
Blank feather outline templates
Chevron striped turkey feather outline templates
Numbered feathers for preschool counting
Outline feathers for counting and writing numbers
Outline feathers template - vane and rachis
Red and orange feather templates
Yellow and green feather templates
Blue and purple feather templates
Brown and black feather templates

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.

Turkey tail feather fans

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!

Making Turkey models using playdough, paper feathers, foam beaks and wobbly eyes

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 An alphabet of playdough

Aa - Bb - Cc - Dd - Ee - Ff - Gg - Hh - Ii - Jj - Kk

 Ll - Mm - Nn - Oo - Pp - Qq - Rr - Ss - Tt - Uu
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