Start a new Thanksgiving tradition by making your own “Thankful Turkey” with your children. Free printables included!

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My kids love a good tradition. We have a lot of Christmas traditions, but only one Thanksgiving tradition. Every year since they were 5 and 3, we cut out some feathers for our Thankful Turkey and write what we are most thankful for.

This is one of my favorite traditions / crafts, so I’m sharing it with you and your family.

Free Thankful Turkey Files

I have included two types of files. As you might know, I have a Cricut that I love, so I’ve included a free SVG file to use on your Cricut, Silhouette or other cutting machine.

Free Thankful Turkey SVG File for Cricut: Cannot find it? Search for Design S001 in the SVG section of my freebies page.

But I don’t want to exclude anyone from this tradition so I’ve also included a free pdf file that you can easily print and cut by hand.

Free Thankful Turkey Printable: Cannot find it? Search for Design P002 in the Printables section of my freebies page.

Making Your Thankful Turkey

Once you’ve downloaded your files, it’s time to cut them out. If you are using the Cricut files, I like to use a fun patterned cardstock for his body. I also use HTV to iron the words onto his body. It’s much faster. 

If you need help uploading your file into Cricut please read: How to Upload a File Into Cricut Design Space

If you are using the printable, just print it out and cut around the outside.

I save the body of the turkey from year to year and just reuse him.

Next, cut out the feathers. If you are using your Cricut, I like to cut a bunch out for future years since I have everything out.

Now it’s time for the adorable part, have your kids write what they are Thankful for. When my kids were younger, they would draw pictures and I would write the words. 


Thankful Turkey Kids Craft for Thanksgiving

Assembling the Turkey

Once all the feathers are written on, I take painters tape, roll it and stick it to the back of the turkey and the feathers and hang it on a window or wall. Then each child gets to read their feathers and what they are thankful for this year. 

Thankful Turkey Memories

When I take the turkey down after Thanksgiving, I take an envelope and write the year on front and keep the feathers. I put the envelope in a gallon sized zip bag with the body of the turkey and store it all for next year. I write each kid’s name on the back of the feather so I know who it belonged to.

One of the best parts is looking back on what they were thankful for in years past and how their gratitude has changed over the years. There are a lot of laughs and shared memories.

What are you and your family thankful for this year? 


Let me know if you start this tradition with your family. I would love to hear. 


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