Thanksgiving Origami Turkey for Kids

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At Thanksgiving there is lots of planning for food and dinner and travel (and some black friday shopping).  In honor of the holiday upcoming I have created an origami tutorial for kids. This is a very simplified thanksgiving origami and could be a part of whatever craft time you have for kids.  This turkey is beginner level to fold. There are two reverse folds, but I think you can get the folds figured out. Just be patient with kids.

For this origami turkey you’ll need:

  • Square piece of paper.  6” by 6” works well, preferably colored on both sides
  • The video above or
  • The step by step photo directions below.  
  • Some kids to fold origami turkeys

I would have mentioned using this origami turkey for kids at a class party, but I have yet to met the parent who needed to plan Thanksgiving class party.  Why is that? I assume it’s because we just the Halloween party and will soon have the “holiday” party. But I hate that Thanksgiving gets the shaft in celebrations. For that reason I made my kids put things they were thankful for on leaves and tape them on our wall.  I probably should have had them also fold the paper into a turkey.

Below are step-by-step photo directions to make an origami turkey.  I didn’t include specific instructions with each photo, because that’s what my video is for.  But if you prefer visual diagram instructions easier for making a turkey than this will work for that.

If you enjoyed this origami and want to tackle other Thanksgiving or animal origami check out

Easy to fold origami turkey for your thanksgiving. Make one today with the kids. #origami #turkey #origamifoodie #thanksgiving

Annette Barney

Annette Barney

I live in the mountains of Utah. Yes, I am also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I love hot pink, XC skiing, running, hot chocolate, yoga, romance novels,traveling for fun, volunteering and, of course, origami. I am a woman, a mom, a wife and a daughter of God. I believe that everything tastes better with a little bacon or a little chocolate but not both.