Shaping up with turkeys in preschool

Shaping up with turkeys in preschool

We have continued exploring shapes in our class and this week, we made shape turkeys…

I set out circles, triangles, rectangles, and squares from all different colors of construction paper for the children to use in their shape turkeys.

To make the turkeys, the children started by gluing their circles on their piece of white paper…

And then they began adding shapes to their circles to create the rest of their turkeys…

And some of the children used a marker to add facial features and legs and turkey feet….

Each child’s turkey turned out quite unique. To be honest with you, the turkeys didn’t turn out at all like I thought they would when I planned this idea…

But when I look up at them hanging on my wall…

They make me smile…


  • Centers and Circle Time Posted November 17, 2011 12:45 am

    Aww, Deb…I love them! They all have such unique characteristics! That is a beautiful display.

  • Susan Case Posted November 17, 2011 10:15 am

    I love the turkeys. They are unique just like the children. Many of my kinder projects turned out differently than I had planned – especially patterning – but there was never a dull moment. Bet you use a lot of glue in pre-K.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 17, 2011 9:02 pm

    Oh yes, we go through the glue! This is why I buy it by the gallon – worth every cent!!

  • andiejaye Posted November 18, 2011 1:31 am

    i’m off to cut out some shapes for tomorrow’s preschool time! Bear has just become interested in turkeys, so this will be perfect! ((plus a refresher on shapes))

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 18, 2011 10:16 am

    I cut way too many shapes so I have some left over for another day!! Maybe shape Christmas trees?

  • Jackie Posted November 18, 2011 3:54 pm

    I love the variety of turkeys they created and how open ended the project was!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 18, 2011 4:31 pm

    Thank you Jackie:)

  • Vicky Posted November 18, 2011 10:07 pm

    This is a fabulous open ended art activity! The best ideas are the ones that don’t turn out exactly as planned right? 🙂 Vicky from Mess For Less

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 20, 2011 12:43 am

    Yes – they are always the ones I like to put up on the wall and smile:)

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