Thanksgiving Apple Turkey

Oct 13, 2009 at 3:50 p.m. ET

After you take the kids apple picking, here's a perfect craft for the fall season. Using many fun snack foods, your kids can make an apple turkey from The perfect kitchen craft, your kids will have an exciting time making this fun character. They can name him and put him on display for the big Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving Apple Turkey Craft


A large red apple
Large and mini sized marshmallows (one large, at least 20 small)
Toothpicks (seven per apple should be enough, but have extras on hand in case they break!)
Raisins (15 – 30)
Candy corn (one)


1. Place the apple on a flat surface and remove the stem as close to the apple as possible.

2. Carefully poke a toothpick into the apple on the outer rim behind where the stem was. Keep placing the toothpicks in this fashion until you have six of them fanning out behind the stem to represent the tail feathers (three clustered on one side and three on the other.)

3. Once the toothpicks are in place, slide a raisin onto the first one, then a mini marshmallow, then another raisin, in a pattern. Talk to the kids about patterns and see if they want to create a different one (raisin, raisin, marshmallow, etc.) Repeat it on all six toothpicks. Be sure the pattern ends with the mini marshmallow at the top so the tip of the toothpick is no longer exposed.

4. Now, on to the face of the turkey! Place another toothpick in front of the six toothpicks on the opposite side of the stem. Gently press the large marshmallow onto the toothpick.

5. Using scissors, snip tiny slits into the spots where the eyes will go. Press a raisin into each eye hole. (Parents may want to help the kids with the scissors, since you'll want to make a very small slit.)

6. Using the pointy end of the candy corn, poke it into where the nose goes and you've got your turkey!