Container Turkeys

Last year, Riley and I enjoyed making turkeys out of toilet paper rolls for Thanksgiving. She enjoyed the gluing and crazy eyescoloring in the eyes. As you can see, she was just learning to color and the well-intentioned scribbles went a little awry. We love our crazy-eyed turkey anyway and proudly display it. He, unfortunately, is the lone survivor of that craft day and needed some friends. So, this year we crafted his friends out of leftover applesauce containers. Riley has been working on her scissor skills and had a great time cutting and, again, pasting the parts of the turkey together. We now have a complete turkey family to celebrate Thanksgiving!

What You’ll Need:Applesauce container turkeys in frame

Empty applesauce (or yogurt) containers

Brown Paint

Construction Paper (we used green, red, yellow, and orange)

Googly Eyes



  1. Paint the empty containers brown and allow them to dry completely. Paint has a tendency to chip from plastic containers so, if you’d like, you can also spray them with a clear sealer or a coat of Mod Podge to keep the color on.
  2. Cut out oval shapes for the feathers, a triangle for the beak and a squiggly shape for the snood.
  3. Turn the container upside down and glue the shapes into place.
  4. Stick on the googly eyes to complete the project!

Nurture the Experience:

Turkeys have some pretty unique characteristics. One being the snood, the red dangling thing hanging down from their beak. It’s one of the most distinguishing features. During our craft time, Riley insisted that the snood were actually their legs, hence the slight mix-up in the end product. Perfect opportunity to learn! A quick google of “turkey” will bring up great pictures that you can use to point out different features on a turkey. The snood, the wattle (the red section around the turkey’s neck), and the tail feathers are all different features that a turkey uses to attract its mate. Snoods are unique to turkeys but other birds have wattles such as chickens and pheasants. Peacocks also use their tails to attract mates. Use the pictures below and allow your child to determine the similarities and differences among the birds. This allows your child to begin thinking about how to compare and contrast similar things, which is the beginning of strategic thinking.

Bird comparsion

Want some more cool facts about turkeys? Check out this fun Time article.