Fall and Thanksgiving Crafts
Miniature Clay Turkey Game Pieces
What you will make:
It's easy to make playing pieces for your
Homemade Modeling Dough or commercial air-dry clay.
In this project, you'll make miniature turkeys modeled from dough or clay
for the game of
Turkey Trot. Or, make the turkeys for a diorama, or just
for fun! Use the same idea
to create playing pieces for other games, like racecars for the
Racetrack Board Game.
This craft project requires few materials and is great for family, classroom or group craft time.
The modeling dough can be made in advance and stored ready-to-use in the refrigerator.
Related crafts: Use
Homemade Modeling Dough to make
Pencil Toppers and
Here's what you need:
- Black and yellow acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Optional: Nail polish or varnish
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Miniature Clay Turkey Game Pieces
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Make Dough
Make a full or half-batch of
Homemade Modeling Dough. Use enough flour to
make a rather stiff dough. Separate the dough into four balls and
mix in food coloring to make yellow, orange, red, and brown balls.
Tip: You can also make the turkeys from air-dry
clay that can be painted after it dries.
- Step 2: Form Balls
For each turkey playing piece, pinch off dough and form two brown
balls—1/2" and 1/3"—for the turkey's body and head. For the
turkey's wattle, make a 1/8" red ball.
turkey's tail, form two balls—1/2" and 1/3"—using two
colors: red and orange, red and yellow, or orange and red. Vary the
tail color combinations so that each turkey playing piece is
- Step 3: Shape Turkey Parts
Roll the smaller brown ball into a tapered shape, then form it
into the head and neck of the turkey. Shape the larger ball to form
the turkey's body, and attach the head/neck to the front end. Set the
turkey on the waxed paper, and flatten the bottom so it sits nicely.
both of the colored balls for the tail into fan shapes, and layer the
smaller one on top of the larger one, aligning the bottoms.
Roll the red ball for the wattle into a teardrop shape—narrow
at the top and with a bulge at the bottom.
- Step 4: Join Turkey Parts
Attach the tail to the back end of the turkey and press the
wattle in place under the turkey's chin.
a toothpick or plastic knife to mark a few feathers on the back of the turkey's tail.
Make several turkey game pieces with different-colored tails. Set aside the turkeys to dry for a day or two. Place in a warm spot with plenty of air circulation to speed up the drying process.
- Step 5: Finish Turkeys
After the turkey playing pieces are dry, use acrylic paint to
make eyes and a beak on each turkey.
Tip: You can make the game pieces more
durable by coating them with acrylic varnish or clear fingernail
That's it! Your turkey game pieces are complete!
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