One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions is making an apple turkey. While mom is busy in the kitchen, I gather the kids with me and make this fun and easy craft, which is even more fun to eat at the end of the day. Apple turkeys have been a long standing tradition at our house for Thanksgiving Day.
Time Required: About 15 minutes
- Take one large red delicious apple and lay it on its side, with the smaller end to the right.
- On the right end (smaller end of the apple), insert five toothpicks in a fan-type arrangement.
- On the left (larger end of the apple), insert a toothpick even with the center toothpick on the opposite end.
- On each toothpick of the fan you created on the smaller end of the apple, slide gum drops or small colored marshmallows so that they look like feathers.
- Take a large marshmallow which will be the head of the turkey, and using the end of scissors or a small pocket knife, cut two small slits for eyes, one for a beak and one on the bottom of the marshmallow for the turkey wattle (the little red dangling thing).
- Put two chocolate chips with the pointed ends facing in on the marshmallow for eyes, a candy corn with the pointed end facing out for a beak, and a small red licorice bit cut in half under the marshmallow for the wattle.
- Stick the marshmallow "head" onto the toothpick you put on the larger end of the apple.
- Turn the apple turkey over and put four toothpicks, two in front and two in back, so the apple will stand on the toothpick legs.
- Some apple turkeys I have seen have used raisins or other dried fruit for the feathers. This would make a healthier treat at the end of the day.
- The toothpick legs may need to be at different lengths to make the turkey stand straight, depending on the shape of the apple. Experiment a little until it looks right.
What You Need
- Big red delicious apples
- Gum drops or small colored marshmallows
- Large marshmallows
- Chocolate chips
- Red licorice bits
- Candy corn
- Scissors or a small paring knife