Squash Turkey Craft

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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. 


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)
  • Scissors
  • Tacky Glue
  • Permanent Marker

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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so kids can get to work right away.

  1. Start by making the turkey tail. On your yellow felt, outline the largest part of the tail (like below), and cut out the shape.
  2. 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.
  3. Stagger all the colored tail parts on top of one another, and glue them together.
  4. 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.
  5. Draw eyes onto your turkey with a permanent marker.
  6. 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.

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