November 20, 2012

Cookie Cutter Turkeys from Play Dough

 Cookie Cutter Turkeys from Play Dough

Cookie Cutter Turkeys are the perfect thing to make from play dough in November. Earlier this week we made a Play Dough Turkey, and there was plenty of dough left over. I decided it was time to teach Calvin to use cookie cutters.

My play dough recipe came from Jean Van't Hul's blog,  The Artful Parent.  There are many good ideas on Jean's blog.

You can use any recipe for this activity; but if you'd like to try Jean's, click on our Play Dough Turkey for complete instructions.

(click for Jean's play dough recipe)


  • My first step was to make the play dough following Jean's recipe discussed above. I rolled the dough into 5 balls.  Calvin helped me flatten the balls into 'doughburgers'.

  • Calvin's next job was to imprint a texture onto the 'doughburgers' using one of his Bristle Blocks. He really liked this step and got into a rhythm. When he was finished with one, I slipped another in front of him.  Sometimes he never missed a beat.

  • Calvin had never used a cookie cutter before.  Once I showed him how, he knew what to do. 

  • This is a perfect activity to do when time is short and/or you don't want to deal with a big mess.  There are so many ways to use these little turkeys.  Here are a few:

  1. a necklace

  2. a fall decoration

  3. a name card holder

  4. a gift tag decoration (shown above)

Extend the Activity:

How about reading a Gingerbread Man book and then making some gingerbread cookies?  Sounds very tasty to me.

  • The Gingerbread Man (Big Little Golden Book) was recently discovered in the Golden Books archive.  Would you believe it had been out of print for over 30 years? It was rereleased in 2004 and is still in print today.  You'll never guess who the illustrator is:  Richard Scarry.  Isn't that cool!

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