How to Host a Turkey Party for Kids this November

The months of October through December can be such a blur. So many activities, so little time. If you are looking for a fun party theme for the month that is not Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving related, I GOT YOU. Host a Turkey Party! Every year, whether in the classroom or at home with my boys, I have a little tradition of doing some fun turkey activities for our Turkey Party on or around Thanksgiving Day. 

If you are in the classroom, but you can’t specifically celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, throwing a Turkey Party is exactly what you need to have some fun with your students during the holiday season. I am a big “stations” person when it comes to parties thrown for kids. They need rotations. All the things cannot be done at once or with all of the kids at the same time because it just creates mad chaos. The rotations could follow the same routine as your math or literacy stations, but just with super fun turkey-themed activities instead of word work. Below are the stations you can incorporate into your Turkey Party!

Station One: Turkey Sensory Bin

Grab the supplies at the dollar tree and throw this together within minutes for tons of sensory fun for your kids! This will be the hit of the party.

Supplies needed:

-plastic or metal colander

-turkey face on construction paper (taped on upside down)

-dried beans

-mini candy corn decor

-mini pinecones


-cookie cutters/scoopers

Station Two: Turkey Headbands

Because every party requires props to fit the theme, here are some fun headbands you can make ahead of time or during the party to wear! You can grab the template for these in our Made For Me Literacy Turkey Unit.

Station Tree: Turkey Cookies

A snack that is both as delicious as it is visually pleasing. Your students will love making these turkey cookies during the party! In our MFML Turkey Unit, We provide you with printables to send home to parents already asking for donations and asking about allergies, so no need to do any extra work, there!

Station Four: Turkey Crafts

Whoa, there are a lot of crafts you can do for your turkey party. I would select one or two, but because we have so many, I’ll give you options! Here are a few of my favorites from our MFML Turkey Unit.

Fine Motor Turkey

This is a great one for little learners that are still working on their cutting skills!

Paper Bag Turkeys (Easiest to prep!)

Astrobrights with a paper bag? Yes, please! These are easy to prep and so cute. Here at team Made For Me Literacy, we try to put a rainbow on everything. Turkeys are no exception. We love this photo from @collaboating_with_kris

Tissue Paper Turkey

Again, we love rainbows. Tissue paper squares and paper plates were really meant for class crafts, not birthday gifts or eating off of. 

Turkey Tracks Process Art Activity

This makes for a great butcher paper activity! Cover the table with butcher paper and throw the supplies in the middle of the table.

Station Five: Turkey Play Dough Tray

Using the visual recipe from our MFML turkey unit, make your own batch of play dough (literally, the softest play dough everrr). Grab a few extra supplies and make a turkey themed play dough tray. We include the visual recipe, a visual recipe reflection, and even cards to make specific types of turkeys.

Check out these fun turkeys created by @mrs_humble_bee’s class!

Turkeys To-Go

Just for fun, send students home with a party favor to enjoy or share with a loved one to tell them about the turkey party you had that day! Use this free printable from our MFML Facebook group

Want More Turkey Themed Ideas?

Are you feeling the turkey vibe yet? Do you want even MORE turkey fun? Check out our whole unit to see more literacy and math turkey related activities. Gobble Gobble!

Here is a fun Turkey Door activity to do next month!

Need more theme ideas for November? Click to read about other themes that are perfect for the month.

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