Thankful Turkey: A November Tradition

Holiday traditions are one of my favorite ways to make memories and create excitement and joy. I try to have a few traditions for each holiday that my kids look forward to, but without overcommitting myself.

A tradition that I have found to be among the most exciting and meaningful is a Thankful Turkey. This guy requires minimal supplies and a bit of prep time but has been so impactful in encouraging thankfulness and gratitude in our home.


  • Brown construction paper or brown paper bag
  • Small pieces (or scraps) of white, black, yellow, and red paper
  • Scissors
  • Painter’s or masking tape
  • Variety of colored and patterned construction or scrapbooking paper

Thankful Turkey Directions:

  1. Using brown construction paper or a paper bag, cut out an ovalish turkey-looking shape. You can find a template online or wing it!
  2. Cut out eyes, a beak, and a little snood (the thing that sits atop a turkey’s beak). Glue these pieces in place.
  3. Use painters or masking tape to place your turkey on a door or wall in a common area of your home. We use the pantry door in our kitchen, so we see our turkey daily!
  4. Cut out feathers from construction paper or scrapbook paper. You will need enough feathers to add one for each child every day from November 1st until Thanksgiving.
  5. Ask your child or children daily what they are thankful for and write it on a feather. Place a piece of tape on the back of the feather, and tuck it behind your turkey.
  6. Continue to add one new feather for each child every day. We do this during breakfast. I also set a daily reminder on my phone so we don’t skip any days!
  7. Read the feathers throughout the month to help remind children of what they are grateful for.
  8. On Thanksgiving day, read each feather and talk about gratitude and thankfulness.

thankful turkey

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Hey! I'm Lyndsey one of the co-owners of Mid-Michigan Moms. I was born and raised in Omaha, NE and in my life before becoming a work/homeschool/stay-at-home mom was a critical care nurse and nurse educator. After unforgettable adventures in California and Texas, our family moved to my husband’s home state of Michigan. My husband, three kids, and a naughty yellow lab are now loving our chaotic, rural living-life. I love traveling, balancing no less than 12 DIY projects at once, chocolate, cooking, daiquiris, and a sunny day in the 70s at the lake.