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Thanksgiving Activity for Toddlers – Easy Feather Poke

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This Thanksgiving activity for toddlers is all about giving the turkey its feathers back! It’s an easy set-up to work on fine motor skills, especially hand-eye coordination!

Transform a Cardboard Box into a Turkey!

It takes all of a few minutes to set up and it certainly doesn’t have to look fancy, but a cardboard box is all you need to create your very own turkey for play!

Toddlers and young preschoolers will be able to visualize the task after seeing those googly eyes and feel inspired to give that turkey it’s feathers back! 

If this is a big hit, like it was for us, you’ll have to try our Poke the Animals activities, free printable included, where kids can use dull toothpicks or cotton swabs to give prickly animals their “spikes” back!

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Watch This Thanksgiving Toddler Activity in Action!

In this video you’ll see my son, 3 years old at the time, enjoy placing feathers into the cardboard turkey one at a time. The concentration on his face says everything – with his mouth open, tongue slightly out – he is in the zone!

Coordinating his eyes and hands to poke the feathers in the tiny holes is tricky, but he is so proud when he is able to complete the game! 

Watch This Thanksgiving Toddler Activity in Action!

In this video you’ll see my son, 3 years old at the time, enjoy placing feathers into the cardboard turkey one at a time. The concentration on his face says everything – with his mouth open, tongue slightly out – he is in the zone!

Coordinating his eyes and hands to poke the feathers in the tiny holes is tricky, but he is so proud when he is able to complete the game! 

This Thanksgiving Activity for Toddlers Can Be Fun for Babies Too! 

Want to save even more time? Skip the cardboard box and grab a colander or pasta strainer instead! Toddlers and preschoolers can poke the feathers into the small holes, and babies can even enjoy this too! Instead of poking the feathers, they will be able to pull them out!

It’s always fun for young kids to do any activity with feathers because they’re full of a wide variety of textures. On one end, they’re soft, and on the other end, they’re pointy! 

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Grab a small cardboard box and poke some holes in it!

Step 2

Cut out a circle for the face of the turkey, add on the eyes plus a triangular nose and red wattle out of felt or colored paper!  

Step 3

Provide feathers and task the kiddos with giving the turkey its feathers back! 

Step 1

Grab a small cardboard box and poke some holes in it!

Step 2

Cut out a circle for the face of the turkey, add on the eyes plus a triangular nose and red wattle out of felt or colored paper!  

Step 3

Provide feathers and task the kiddos with giving the turkey its feathers back!  

More Thanksgiving Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This Thanksgiving activity for toddles is all about fine motor skills, but let’s have more fun with Turkey Day!

We have a bundle of Thanksgiving worksheets that are great for toddlers and preschoolers to learn a dozen early childhood education skills. From scissor skills, to tracing, alphabet and number recognition, matching, writing, and phonics – this is just a few areas covered with a Thanksgiving Twist!

For even more Thanksgiving activities, visit our comprehensive list!

thanksgiving printable activities worksheets
thanksgiving printable activities worksheets

More Thanksgiving Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This Thanksgiving activity for toddles is all about fine motor skills, but let’s have more fun with Turkey Day!

We have a bundle of Thanksgiving worksheets that are great for toddlers and preschoolers to learn a dozen early childhood education skills. From scissor skills, to tracing, alphabet and number recognition, matching, writing, and phonics – this is just a few areas covered with a Thanksgiving Twist!

For even more Thanksgiving activities, visit our comprehensive list!

Store-Bought Fine Motor Activities For Toddlers

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen toddler fine motor skills!

Buckle and Threading Pillow

This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

Sensory Bin Tools

This set comes with 7 items including bowls, scoops, and a tong. A great set for learning practical life skills through sensory play.

Color Sorting Rainbow

Strengthen motor skills while using tongs to color sort this beautifully crafted rainbow! Caution: small parts!

Hedgehog Game

Give the hedgehog it’s spikes with this fun game. Such a fun and colorful way to strengthen fine motor skills!

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