Art Inspiration: Fruit Turkey


Well in Canada this past weekend we celebrated our Thanksgiving. It gives people a chance to reflect, to take stock of what we have and be thankful for the many gifts within our lives. For many of us it is the gift of family and I am no exception. I spent a wonderful time with my family, my nieces included.

Yet this year I found a little art activity that I thought would be a perfect opportunity to build some memories with them. I saw this in a classroom and was impressed by the creativity. It is a Fruit Turkey Centrepiece.

It is very easy to put together and perfect for small children to get involved in. What you need are shish kebab skewers, a tray and some fruit. You can use any type of fruit but for my turkey I used red and green grapes, pineapples, strawberries and a cantaloupe. I did this with my nieces and it took about 30 – 45 minutes with them but I did prepare all the fruit and materials before hand.

You start by having the children wash their hands, of course, but while they are you can cut one skewer into four and place them on the bottom of the cantaloupe for support. So it does not roll away and is stable on the tray. Chop up the pineapple into triangles and pick the grapes off the vine. Then skewer the fruit to create a tail feather. You can also use this opportunity to help the children to work with patterns. For my creation we set the pattern as pineapple, red grape, green grape. The children can do this themselves and you can talk to them and ask questions such as “What is next in the pattern?” Or “What is the pattern?” You make about 7 – 8 skewers for the tail feathers.


Once they are done with the tail skewers, you cut one skewer a bit shorter for the head and neck. Place 5 – 6 grapes in any pattern for the neck but use a larger strawberry for the head. Then place the head at one end of the cantaloupe and the feather skewers in a fan pattern on the other end. Then step back and enjoy your centrepiece.

Fruit Turkey

Fruit Turkey

This was a wonderful activity to do with my nieces and I know that they enjoyed creating it as well as eating it for desert. As well I told them a few days before that they were responsible for making desert but I did not tell what they were doing. They were very excited and I could see in their eyes the pride they had for creating something for Thanksgiving dinner. Building memories one fruit skewer at a time.



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