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Pattern Block Turkeys
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Pattern Block Turkeys

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Encourage students to play with patterns and symmetry by adding colorful feathers to Thanksgiving turkeys!

This activity is appropriate for:
kindergarten – 3rd grade / 5 – 8 years

You will need:


  1. Photocopy the turkey body template onto brown construction paper. Copy the turkey beak, wattle and feet templates onto white construction paper. Then give students a copy of each to cut out. (Note: You may want to precut the templates for younger students.)
  2. Next, provide students with a sheet of white construction paper for the background, and have them glue their turkey bodies to the paper. Instruct them to color the beak, wattle and feet with crayons before gluing them onto the turkey. Students can add wiggly eyes if desired.
  3. Then give each student a set of pattern blocks or copies of the pattern block templates. If using the pattern blocks, have students trace the blocks around the turkey. If using the templates, have the students cut out the blocks and use them to glue patterns around the turkey. (Note: Copy the pattern block templates onto different-colored construction paper, or have students color the blocks.)
  4. Encourage them to arrange a design of pattern blocks around the turkey body to make its feathers. (Note: You may want to discuss symmetry or repeating shape or color patterns first.)
  5. Display the completed Pattern Block Turkeys on a bulletin board for Thanksgiving!

Learning Extension

  • Share the following turkey-themed books to spark your students’ interest in learning more about Thanksgiving.
  • Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr
  • A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
  • Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
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