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Tom the Sensory Seeking Turkey Craft

I am always looking for new ways to get the kids to use their fingers and their brains together. My older girls got a kick out of feeling the different textures on the turkey and trying to find similar textures around the house. The eldest did it with her eyes closed to make it harder. Teague has issues when there are two textures that are different that are touching. It was good for him to run his fingers along the page and feel all the different textures.

What you will need:

  • Orange felt Feathers
  • 150 Grit Sandpaper
  • Small red balloon
  • Green construction paper
  • 1 googly eye
  • Either cotton balls or batting
  • Paper to glue it on to
  • Glue
  • 1 gallon of apple cider


1) Trace your child’s palm and thumb on the back of the sandpaper and cut it out

2) I cut my balloon in half. You don’t need to, but I only had 1 balloon and 2 kids wanting to make turkeys. Glue your balloon to the thumb of the sandpaper on the smooth side.

3) Cut a 2″ wide strip of green and fold it the hotdog way (for those of you not from Minnesota that means the “long” way). Unfold it and make narrow cuts to the fold. Glue the uncut part to your paper at the bottom for the grass. Once the glue is dry, give the grass a good fluff.

4.) Pick out the feathers you want. I cut the long stem thing off so it wasn’t so bulky. I made a huge pool of glue on the paper, slapped the feathers and the turkey on top of it. To make it flat I weighed it down with the cider.

5) Glue on the googly eye

6) Fashion a sun out of the orange felt. We did the old standby quarter-circle with some skinny rectangles. This is really because I had no creativity in me today.

7). Make a funky design out of glue at the top and slap some cotton balls or cotton batting on it.


Written and crafted by our resident Martha Stewart – Miranda Fort.  Dubbed the Crafty Queen of the Military Special Needs Network, Miranda sets the bar high when it comes to providing entertainment and education for children that have special needs.

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