Turkey Drumstick Hats for Thanksgiving

By John Bomhoff, Art Studio Manager

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is celebrating turkey day with a hat craft sure to provoke smiles and laughter when worn by your child among holiday guests. Make it in the Art Studio all this week, or follow the easy instructions below to make it at home.

Ages: preschool (with assistance) and above

2” x 28” strip of 6-ply brown poster board (or another color)
brown paper lunch bags
white glue
4” black or brown pipe cleaners
4” x 4” white tissue paper

Staple the ends of a strip of poster board together to form a headband that fits around the child’s head.

Stuff a paper lunch bag with newspaper and crunch up the end to form a turkey drumstick.

Put a small sheet of white tissue paper on the end and twist a pipe cleaner around it to secure it to the drumstick.

Repeat the process to make a second drumstick.

Staple the drumsticks onto either side of the headband.

Put the hat on and check it out in a mirror.


Here is a turkey poem to share with your children as you make the project.

A Funny Bird

The turkey is a funny bird
Its head goes bobble-bobble;
And all he knows is just one word . . .
And that is GOBBLE-GOBBLE!

~ Author Unknown

About the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.


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