Pumpkin Seed Turkey Craft

Super cute Turkey Craft for Kids. Includes how to dye pumpkin seeds and ideas for what to do with the leftover pumpkin seeds.
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Our Pumpkin Seed Turkey Craft is great for using up pumpkin seeds leftover from carving your turkey! We did this craft successfully with a toddler, preschool, Kindergarten, and 2nd grader.

Note: If you still have extra seeds, make sure to try our Caramelized Pumpkin Seed Recipe.

How to Color Pumpkin Seeds

How to Dye Pumpkin Seeds

To color pumpkin seeds you’ll need clean, dry, non salted pumpkin seeds. If you save them from your pumpkin make sure you clean & dry them well and then store in the refrigerator or they will mold.

Next, in a zip lock sandwich bag, add 2 teas rubbing alcohol (from the medicine cabinet) and some food coloring (we like McCormick’s neon food coloring or Wilton gel food coloring) and squish to mix well.

Add 3/4 cup or so pumpkin seeds, seal and toss to blend colors. Leave them in the bag flipping over from time to time until you have the intensity of color you’d like.

Then put on parchment paper to dry completely before using. We color pumpkin seeds the night before

And in case you were wondering, here is how to color pasta and how to dye rice.

Fall Colored Pumpkin Seeds

Then we set out all our beautifully colored pumpkin seeds on the table. I separated some by color and left a big pile of the rest.

We choose to make color our seeds into nice fall colors.

Pumpkin Seed Turkey Craft

pumpkin seed turkey craft for preschool and kindergarten

We started by tracing the kids feet on a piece of brown paper. We were thrilled to have Grandma & Grandpa here to craft with us today!

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft for Kids

Here is our work table – see it gets messy in our house too!!

pumpkin seed turkey craft for toddlers

For my toddler’s turkey craft I put lines of glue coming out from the foot print turkey. She worked on adding the colored pumpkin seed feathers. It was a perfect toddler craft!

pumpkin seed turkey craft for kids

Each of them made their turkey the way they wanted. I love open ended projects that allow kids individual creativity to come out!


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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.