Turkey Activities are the theme here today, and boy, do I have some fun turkey themed ways to play and help kids build skills! Check out the Thanksgiving occupational therapy activities and different ideas listed below for fun Turkey activities to keep the kiddos occupied up through Thanksgiving! Some of these may be just the craft or activity you are looking for to help children develop fine motor skills or visual motor skills. Need a turkey craft for a play date or preschool party? How about an easy little activity on Thanksgiving while the dinner is cooking? So many options here for turkey inspired fun!
Be sure to stop by the following pages first, and fill your toolbox with turkey themed activities:
If you are looking for quick turkey crafts to use in teletherapy or in the classroom or home, check out these quick and easy turkey crafts.
You’ll also love this turkey slide deck for teletherapy or distance learning. It’s a free interactive slide deck with a Thanksgiving theme.
And, this turkey mindfulness activity is a free printable that you can use with kids to help them discover the benefits of deep breathing as a coping mechanism for self-regulation.
Plus, recently added to The OT Toolbox shop is this Thanksgiving Fine Motor Kit. It’s loaded with fine motor activities, scissor skills activities, handwriting activities, pencil control cards, lacing cards, glue activities, and much more…all with a turkey and Thanksgiving theme.
Turkey Activities for Kids
1. Fine Motor Turkey for Tots from Twodaloo (website no longer exists) Work on fine motor skills including pincer grasp and an extended wrist to create bead feathers. Try this turkey activity with play dough, spaghetti noodles, and beads.
2. Turkey Felt Board Matching from Teach Beside Me helps with visual discrimination, scanning, and eye-hand coordination.
3. Thanksgiving Wreath Kids Craft from Alamo City Moms Blog is a fine motor craft that would look great on the door.
4. Pine Cone Turkey Place Cards from Homegrown Friends can help kids with tactile sensory exploration and direction following.
5. Turkey Tissue Paper By Number Craft by Crayon Box Chronicles (website no longer exists)- Crumble tissue paper to work on fine motor skills and hand strength.
6. Thanksgiving Turkey Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning uses play dough to build hand strength and fine motor endurance, as well as precision and tripod grasp.
7. Fine Motor Turkey Craft is a great way to work on scissor skills, pincer grasp, tripod grasp, and eye-hand coordination.
8. Feather Color Sorting and Fine Motor Activity from Fantastic Fun and Learning can help kids with visual discrimination, scanning, figure ground, visual attention, and more.
9. Our printable Thankful Turkey Templates are turkey crafts you can modify based on the individual’s skills and abilities. Plus, it includes a thankful turkey craft, too to help with handwriting.
10. Handmade Turkey Puzzle from KCEdventures is a fun way to work on visual discrimination, visual memory, and other visual perceptual skills.
11. Recycled Paper Roll Turkey Stamp Craft is one of our favorite turkey crafts that doubles as turkey art! Work on eye-hand coordination with a preschool turkey craft the kiddos will love.
12. Turkey Print Crafts from House of Burke is another fun preschool turkey art activity that is great for the younger age range.
13. Turkey Cardboard Tube Juicebox Cover is one of our favorite ways to work on fine motor skill, oral motor skills, and oral sensory processing. Use proprioception as a calming and organizing tool for kids with this cute turkey activity.
14. Soda Bottle Turkey from Stir The Wonder helps children develop fine motor skills and bilateral coordination as well as eye-hand coordination with turkey fun.
15. Let’s Talk Turkey and Pilgrims and Indians from Mrs. Karen’s Preschool Ideas uses turkey activities to promote learning with these fun Thanksgiving ideas.
16. Clothespin Feathers Turkey from Stir The Wonder develops hand strength arch development, separation of the sides of the hand, and more.
17. Turkey Fine Motor Craft and Activity from Fantastic Fun and Learning is a fine motor powerhouse with cute results in this Thanksgiving activity that would look great at the kids Thanksgiving table!
19. Thanksgiving Turkey Silverware Napkin Ring is my personal favorite for a turkey activity that helps kids build fine motor skills, including precision, tripod grasp, eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, and more.
For even MORE turkey activities
Grab the new Thanksgiving fine motor kit. It’s a huge resource for occupational therapists, parents, and teachers looking to help kids develop fine motor skills, work on handwriting, scissor skills, cursive writing, letter formation, and so much more.
This 40 page digital file includes everything you need to help kids develop fine motor skills. The printable sheets are designed to work on themed Thanksgiving fine motor activities and can be used over and over again. Print off all of them or just the pages you need. With this Thanksgiving theme fine motor kit, children can develop the following areas:
- Pencil control
- Scissor skills
- Hand strength
- Pinch strength
- Bilateral coordination
- Eye-hand coordination
- Visual motor skills
- Handwriting and letter formation
- Precision and dexterity
- Separation of the sides of the hand
- Coloring accuracy and endurance
- Pre-writing line accuracy
- Precision and dexterity
- Pincer grasp
This festive Fall packet is designed to cover a variety of areas and skills. Toddlers can use the coloring and shape pages. Preschool children can work on pre-writing lines, cutting strips, coloring pages, I Spy activity, counting, fine motor pinch activities, lacing cards, and more. Kindergarten children can work on letter formation and copying skills along with the other fine motor activities. Elementary aged students can use all of the fine motor activities as well as the handwriting activities and lined writing pages.
Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.