Salt Painted Turkey Craft with Free Turkey Template

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Salt Painted Turkey is a fun and easy way to craft this Thanksgiving. Create colourful turkey feathers using salt and coloured water! A unique craft for kids to try this fall. There is also a free turkey template available below!

Salt Painted Turkey Craft with Free Turkey Template

How to Make A Salt Painted Turkey Craft

  1. Download and print the turkey template using the link in the supplies section below.
Salt Painted Turkey Craft with Free Turkey Template
  1. Use a glue bottle and use the glue to outline the turkey.
  2. Sprinkle it with salt until all the glue is covered. Shake off the extra salt.
  3. Set it aside to dry.
  4. Fill cups or small bowls with a small amount of water and add a few drops of food colouring. I used red, orange and yellow.
Salt Painted Turkey Craft with Free Turkey Template
  1. Take a small paint brush and dip it into the coloured water and then lightly touch the salt. The colour will spread along the line of slat being absorbed by the salt.
  2. Continue dipping the brush into the different coloured water and lightly touching the salt line until the entire turkey is complete.
Salt Painted Turkey Craft with Free Turkey Template
Salt Painted Turkey Craft with Free Turkey Template

Age Suitability for Salt Painted Turkey Craft

This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 2 years old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.

Salt Painted Turkey Craft with Free Turkey Template

Mess Level for Salt Painted Turkey Craft

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Visual discrimination, language development, number recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Supplies Salt Painted Turkey Craft

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  • Turkey template
  • Bottle of glue
  • Salt
  • Food colouring
  • Cups or bowls
  • Water
  • Small Paint brush
  • Tray

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Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

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TV Show: Curious Crafting

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Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 

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