The boys are decent apple eaters so we usually have those on hand, raisins are a pantry staple and Peter loves his American cheese slices, so we had almost everything we needed. I only had to buy pears. I couldn’t decide between a red pear and Bosc pear, so I bought both. 🙂 I think either pear makes a great turkey body.
Thanksgiving Fruit Turkey Ingredients
- Bosc or red pears
- Several varieties (colors) of apples
I suggest prepping the fruit ahead of time (although not too far in advance unless you do something to prevent the fruit from browning). Regular apple slices will not sit flat and act like feathers. You need slice a strip off the back of each slice so that they will cooperate. My boys were fighting over the extra apple strips while I prepped, a fight I was actually happy about. 🙂
I don’t think Kraft American Singles would work well for this project, I think it would be hard to cut little feet without the cheese smooshing into the cutting board. We had thicker slices of real American cheese on hand that worked ok. One raisin cut in half created each set of eyes. Squish the sticky side of the cut raisins on to the pear.
The boys had fun designing their turkeys. Elliot even insisted on a HUGE nose for his turkey. I think he is quite influenced by Olaf still. 😉
Once we were happy with our turkey designs, it was time to eat! In the end the boys confiscated all the apples for themselves and left the pears for me… they aren’t big pear eaters yet. The project overall was a total win for me, it was fun, festive and a healthy snack all rolled into one!
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