Pluck the Turkey: Feather Grab Activity

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INSIDE: Pluck the turkey is a fun fine motor activity for Thanksgiving and an easy activity to set up for your toddler this holiday. Keep them busy while you prepare dinner with this fun fine motor activity!

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Turkey Feather Grab

The set up for this activity is super simple. Grab your colander and feathers. You can have your toddler set it up for you or you can do it for them. Placing the feathers into the colander is a classic fine motor activity for Thanksgiving and such a simple activity to set up. This Pluck the Turkey activity is a great extension to this classic activity.

Pluck the Turkey

Make Your Turkey Body

  1. Cut the brown construction paper or foam sheet into the shape of a turkey.

2. Glue, eyes, beak and snoods to the head of the turkey.

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Time to Pluck the Turkey

Place all the feathers you have into the small holes of the colander. You can then place everything into a sensory bin to contain the feathers, but this step is not necessary. Then hand your toddler or preschooler a set of tongs and invite them to pluck the feathers of the turkey until they are all out! Then once they are done, have them replace the feathers into the colander to make the turkey again. Have them repeat the plucking process all over again!

pluck the feather fine motor thanksgiving activity

As they pluck the turkey, call out a colour and ask them to pluck all the red feathers first, then all the green feathers and so on and so on. Another way to add learning to this simple activity, have your toddler count the feathers as they pluck.

pluck the feather fine motor thanksgiving activity


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  • Brown construction paper or foam sheets
  • Red and orange construction paper
  • Googley eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Colander
  • Tongs
  • Sensory Bin
  • Feathers


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