Arts & Crafts

Pine Cone Turkey

Pine Cone Turkey
Photo by: Linda O

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Fine motor skills are involved in creating this adorable seasonal decoration that also makes a lovely centerpiece for Thanksgiving!

80 minutes
24 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 5 tots


  • 1 Pine cone
  • Dried leaves
  • 1 pair Scissors
  • Construction paper (White for eyes, Orange for beak, and various colors for feathers if needed.)
  • 1 bottle Glue (Craft glue)
  • 1 Bowl (small)
  • 1 Pipe cleaner


  1. Choose one method for the Tail Feathers: 1. Collect and dry leaves or 2. Cut tail feathers from colored construction paper or 3. Use colorful feathers (from the Craft Store) for tail feathers.
  2. Arrange pine cone on it's side with the small, top end forward. This will be the face.
  3. Cut two small circles from white paper for the eyes. Draw a dark dot in center of each circle. You could also use a pipe cleaner to make two small loops for the eyes. Cut off the excess pipe cleaner.
  4. Cut one elongated triangle from orange construction paper to create beak.
  5. Attach the beak to the eyes with craft glue. Set aside and allow to dry.
  6. Dispense small amount of glue into bowl.
  7. Dip one end of the dried leaf, feather or paper tail feather into the glue.
  8. Arrange the tail feathers in a vertical fan around the large, bottom end of pine cone. Add more glue as necessary.
  9. Attach the beak and eye piece to top of the pine cone. Allow to dry undisturbed.
  10. Enjoy your new little Turkey friend!
1. Less fragile feathers and paper leaves work best for little hands.
2. Pre-cut the eyes and the beak.
3. Assist with gluing.
Older children may create feet from colored pipe cleaners or embellish with glitter.
Tips & Tricks
If using a bottle of white glue you can squeeze the glue into the crevices in the pine cone to make gluing easier.

Developmental skills