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How to Draw a Turkey

Learn how to draw a turkey with an easy step by step tutorial. This bird is made with just a few simples shapes, that students can embellish as they wish.

This bird has proven to be a very successful drawing project over the years, and one that I would bring out for just about any age level. Most kinders can navigate drawing an oval, neck and fan shapes, and older students are free to get more experimental with different media.

The sample above is made with crayons, but below you can see some turkeys created with markers, both on white paper and black. And if the white paint markers are not in your budget, then try metallic. Crayola and Prang make some that are safe for kids, and really look amazing on dark paper.

There’s also a paint idea that uses instant coffee. The brown color is built in, and students can practice playing around with the value. The more water they add, the lighter the colors get.


Turkey colored with markers
Easy to draw Turkey
Turkey painted with instant coffee
cool turkey drawing
Turkey with white paint marker on black cardstock


Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Turkey

  1. Draw an oval.

  2. Add a half circle for the tail.

  3. Draw a curved head and neck.

  4. Add face details shown.

  5. Draw two feet below.

  6. Add radial lines on the tail.

  7. Draw lines on the feathers.

  8. Add texture lines to the body.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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