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Nov 25 2013

Time For Hand Turkeys!

by Joseph M

hand turkeyTurkeys have long been associated with Thanksgiving, and so it’s no surprise that one of the most popular Thanksgiving crafts for kids (and young-at-heart adults) is the hand turkey. To create a hand turkey, you start by placing a hand (palm down and fingers splayed) on a piece of paper. Next, you trace the outline of your hand, then embellish the outline so that it resembles a turkey, like this:

As you can see from my attempt on the right, you don’t need much in the way of artistic skill, just a vague idea of what a turkey looks like. There are many possible variations on this basic concept. This article showcases a myriad of impressive hand turkeys created in 2012.

It’s hard to say when the hand turkey first made its appearance, but this webpage offers an amusing fictional “history” of the hand turkey that you might enjoy perusing. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dea Anne M November 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

How well I remember hand turkeys! I seem to remember turning one of mine into a peacock (because I thought they were prettier) and getting in trouble because “you didn’t follow the instructions.” These alternative turkeys are just great!

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