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The end of Halloween left us with some leftover gourds and butternut squashes so we decided to turn one into a cute and easy turkey to get in the spirit of the next holiday – Thanksgiving of course!

Let the kids go outside and collect leaves to make this feathered turkey that would also make an adorable centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

Butternut Squash Turkey – Materials:

– Butternut squash (or long necked shaped gourd)

– Leaves

– Googley eyes

– Yellow and red paper

– Scissors, glue, tape


It’s pretty simple and as you see it. Tape or glue leaves on the back of the squash to form “feathers.” Glue on the eyes, a small yellow triangle and red, long tear-drop shape for the wattle. You’re done!

What are your favorite turkey crafts for kids? Let us know in the comments!

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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.