Clothespin Feathers Turkey

Looking for an adorable way for your preschoolers to practice fine motor skills during Thanksgiving? Toddlers and preschoolers alike will love this simple Clothespin Feathers Turkey!

Clothespin Feathers Turkey

Clothespin Feathers Turkey

I made this clothespin feathers turkey to work on fine motor skills with Caden last year and was disappointed when he wasn’t interested. But this year when I brought it out he was up for the challenge! And I decided to give it its own blog post since so many of you seem to like it!


How to:

To make a clothespin feathers turkey, cut two circles, one bigger than the other out of brown craft foam. Then hot glued these two circles together. Add a turkey face using googly eyes, and foam sticker shapes. For the feathers, hot glued small craft feathers onto standard wooden clothespins.

Clothespin Turkey Collage1Set Up:

When I said this activity was a challenge, I meant it. Caden had to really persevere in order to clip all the feathers on the turkey. I helped him get started by clipping on one feather and then encouraged him to try on his own. He stuck with it, figuring out how to squeeze the clothespin together to open it, but had a hard time holding the flimsy turkey while trying to clip the feathers on. I think if I were to make another one I would use cardboard or even laminated cardstock would be sturdier.

Clothespin Feathers Turkey for Fine Motor Skills

Caden got all the feathers on and then came to the red feather, got frustrated and hid under the chair for several minutes while I encouraged him to come out and finish putting all the feathers on the turkey. I made the turkey talk, asking for his red feather and got lots of giggles but Caden didn’t budge from under the chair. Then I tried a little trick the occupational therapist suggested. I told Caden I was going to sing the ABC’s and when I was finished singing he had to come out from under the chair and clip the red feather on. It worked like a charm! And Caden got the red feather on with only a little help from me to stabilize the turkey. He was so proud!

Clothespin Turkey Collage3

Here is Caden’s completed turkey! The red feather may have been put on backwards, but that doesn’t matter to me! I am so proud of Caden for sticking with it and getting all the feathers on the turkey!




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18 thoughts on “Clothespin Feathers Turkey”

  1. Lauren says:

    Oooh, my daughter loves working with clothespins! Thank you for sharing at our Pinning for Play link party!

  2. Jill says:

    This is a great hands on turkey craft just in time for Thanksgiving. Your turkey turned out so cute 🙂 Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.

  3. Chelsey says:

    This is the cutest idea! I think my 2 year old would just love it! So glad you linked it up to Discover & Explore!

  4. Shannon says:

    That is too cute!

    I made my son one when he was in preschool and I still have it. I just found him the other day when I was moving boxes.

  5. Beth says:

    Such a cute activity for November! And I have tons of clothespins laying around from other crafts =)

    I pinned it and added it to my Turkey Round up here (

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I hope to see you linked up again alter today.
    Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =)

  6. Claire says:

    Such a great idea! I have all of these supplies on hand too. My boys at home and my kids at school will be doing this one for sure! Thanks for the idea!

  7. Ashley Moore says:

    This is such an adorable fine motor activity! My little guy has been interested in clothespins lately; I should make him one!

    1. Samantha says:

      Thanks! You totally should!

  8. Danielle says:

    Very cute idea for fine motor practice!

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