Are you ready for Thanksgiving yet? Fall is just about here and I’m busy planning away. Not that I want to rush through Halloween because costumes are my favorite! Thanksgiving is Peter’s favorite holiday though, so I need to give it some festive love too. Let’s make a turkey pear craft perfect for kids from preschool to middle school.
It’s a healthy snack and activity rolled into one thing, the perfect craft for both a lazy fall afternoon or to keep kids busy before Thanksgiving dinner. Let the kids eat their turkey pears after you’ve taken a picture for posterity’s sake (or Instagram) 😉 or keep them on display.
My turkey pear craft was inspired by one Elliot made in preschool. I am pretty sure every preschool makes apple turkey crafts with fruit loops, mini marshmallows, candy corn and other unhealthy (although yummy) ingredients.
The apple turkey craft is very colorful and sweet but I wanted to update it with healthier ingredients and more fall like colors. We ditched the marshmallows and used Cheerios instead of fruit loops. Plus I think a Bosc pear looks more like a turkey than a red apple.
Turkey Pear Craft Tutorial
We used multigrain Cheerios to give the turkey “feathers” a little color without being bright. Add a couple of raisin eyes and a small orange peel to the front of the pear and you have a festive pear turkey!
- Bosc Pears
- Cheerios or similar cereal
- Start by adding 3-5 toothpicks to the back of your pear. The toothpicks will hold the Cheerios to create the turkey's feathers.
- Add cheerios to each toothpick until they reach the very top. I try to vary the colors of cereal as I add them to make more interesting feathers.
- Tear a raisin in half and attach to the front of the pear to create the turkey eyes. The stickiness of the raisins allows it to naturally stick to the pear.
- Use a small piece of orange peel to complete the turkey face. The orange peel will also stick to the pear but not as well (or as long as the raisins). It will stick long enough for you to enjoy your turkey craft and then consume it though.
Craisins work just as well as raisins. Other 'O' shaped cereals will also work but I like the colors of Multigrain Cheerios for this craft.
If you want to display this craft for more than an hour, you will need to attach the orange peel to the pear better. A small dab of glue or tape would do the trick, although you won't want to consume then.
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Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizer
Sometimes waiting for the big meal can seem like forever. I love that this turkey pear craft is an activity that then becomes a healthier Thanksgiving appetizer. What do you think of my Thanksgiving turkey pear craft?