Now that Halloween’s over, my kids wanted to do something in the spirit of the next holiday: Thanksgiving. With our Best Butternut Squash Soup Recipe, I wanted to showcase squash and do something fun with it. And we were so over cutting/carving after the Halloween pumpkin messes. With this craft, you can decorate your squash and eventually use it to cook! Behold Squash Turkey!
I will say that this craft is more for kids ages 6+. My 4 yo struggled with the cutting, and I had to draw all the shapes on felt for her. But she did love the gluing parts! My 6 yo was much more competent at cutting, and he was super amped to be creative with decorating the face of the turkey (see the above right side turkey, lol). I left the face steps completely in his hands. But even he got frustrated with the tail steps: drawing/stenciling/cutting of the felt. My point is: set aside some extra time to help your kids out with this squash turkey craft.
While crafting, you and your kids might want to take a moment to learn some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient:
🍴Butternut Squash 🍴
- Butternut squash is an orange winter squash that is grown in the summer and harvested in the fall.
- Butternut squash is a nutrient-dense food. It’s rich in Vitamin A, which we need for healthy vision, bones, teeth and skin.
- Butternut squash is known for its sweet and nutty flavor.
- Although botanically butternut squash is considered a fruit (since it has seeds and develops from the flower-producing part of a plant), it is cooked as a vegetable.
Ingredient: Butternut Squash
Corresponding Recipe: The Best Butternut Squash Soup
Skills supported: Fine motor (tracing, cutting, gluing, drawing), following instructions, math (composing shapes)
- Butternut squash (pick one that can stand easily on its own)
- Colored felt (brown, yellow, orange, red, dark red)
- Tacky Glue
- Permanent Marker
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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so kids can get to work right away.
- Start by making the turkey tail. On your yellow felt, outline the largest part of the tail (like below), and cut out the shape.
- Place your yellow tail on top of the orange felt and use it as a stencil, tracing it onto the orange felt. Now cut the orange shape out, cutting maybe 1-2 centimeters inwards from the tracing. Repeat this stenciling/cutting with the red felt and then the dark red felt.
- Stagger all the colored tail parts on top of one another, and glue them together.
- Cut a small yellow triangle for the beak, a wobbly long, red shape for the wattle, and 2 brown shapes for the feet. Glue everything onto the squash.
- Draw eyes onto your turkey with a permanent marker.
- Glue a line on the back of the squash and lay it down on top of the tail. This glue takes a while to set, so leave the turkey alone. We left ours overnight, horizontal on the table, so the glue could dry.
*For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.