Intensive ABA Services Turkey Pumpkin Craft Project - The Lovaas Institute

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Fall 2010

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Turkey Pumpkin Craft Project

By Stefanie Knaus
Lovaas Institute – Sacramento

Here's a craft project that parents or instructors can do with children at any age or skill level. Most of the supplies you may already have on hand.


  1. Coffee filters (4-5 per turkey)
  2. Toilet paper roll
  3. Small pumpkin
  4. Craft felt or construction paper in brown, orange, red, white, and black
  5. Craft paint/crayons/markers
  6. Glue/scissors/paintbrush

To make the head:

Cut one empty toilet paper roll in half and paint it with brown craft paint. Set it aside and allow it to dry.

Using craft felt or construction paper, you will need to cut the pieces to form the turkey's face. The pieces for the turkey face can be made in advance or your child can cut the pieces using a picture or pre-made model.

From brown, cut 1 head (to cover the height and width of the toilet paper roll).

From orange, cut 2 ovals for the feet and 1 triangle for the beak.

From red, cut one long oval and two long teardrop shapes for the snood and wattle.

From black, cut two very small circles for the pupils of the eyes.

From white, cut two small circles slightly larger than the black pupils.

Assemble the turkey face as shown using white glue and attach the face along the painted toilet paper roll.

To make the feathers:

Flatten 4-5 coffee filters and encourage your child to use paint, crayons, markers, glitter, or any other desired medium to color the coffee filters. This is a great opportunity for children to practice acquired art skills or to experiment with a new art medium. Set the coffee filters aside to dry.

To assemble the turkey:

Place the completed head and face on top of the pumpkin by slipping the toilet paper roll over the stem. Glue the feet to the bottom of the pumpkin.

When the coffee filters are dry, pinch the center of each and form the filter into a cone as shown. Arrange the coffee filter "feathers" around the back and sides of the turkey's head. Secure the feathers in place using tape or by stapling them onto the toilet paper roll. (If preferred, an adult can provide assistance by using push pins or hot glue to secure the pieces to the pumpkin).

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