Hand Print Calendar: November

homemade November calendar page with hand print turkey and Thanksgiving poem

{Looking for a fun way to review the days of the week and months of the year? Try this hand print calendar! Students are sure to love the “hands on” artwork as well as the special poem for each month. If completed before the holidays, this makes a spectacular (and functional!) Christmas gift for mom and dad!}


November brings with it harvest time and Thanksgiving. Along these themes, have your students decorate their November calendar page with a hand print pumpkin or a colorful hand print turkey!

Hand Print Turkey

Supplies You'll Need

Turkey Instructions

Help your students paint their hand to match the picture to the left - brown palm and thumb, and each finger a different color.

hand painted to look like a turkey with brown blue purple green and orange tempera paint

Invite them to gently press their hand against the paper (off to one side) to make a print. Remind them to keep their fingers slightly spread apart.

unfinished hand print turkey

Once the paint has dried, provide them with washable markers, inviting them to the legs, beak, and eye. To finish the turkey, have students dip their fingertip into a shallow dish of red tempera paint, placing a small print right under the turkey's head to create a wattle.

hand print turkey on white construction paper

The Poem

Hooray For Thanksgiving

  • It's Thanksgiving dinner;
  • Let's not be late;
  • There's lots of good food,
  • So fill your plate.
  • With pie at the end,
  • It can't be beat;
  • Hooray for Thanksgiving,
  • There's so much to eat!

Hand Print Pumpkin

Supplies You'll Need

Pumpkin Instructions

Help your students cover their palm with orange paint.

palm painted with orange tempera paint

Invite them to gently press their palm (fingers pointed toward the top of the page) to one side of the paper.

orange palm print on white construction paper

When the paint has dried, provide students with green and brown markers, inviting them to create the stem, pumpkin detailing, ground, vines, and leaves.

hand print pumpkin on white construction paper

The Poem

Pumpkin Poem

  • One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
  • I planted one and pulled the weeds.
  • It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.
  • A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
  • The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
  • (I really am quite proud of that.)
  • But there is something I'll admit
  • That has me worried just a bit.
  • I at the other seed, you see.
  • Now will it grow inside of me?
  • I'm so relieved since I have found
  • That pumpkins only grown in the ground!

Two great crafts that will look awesome on your students' homemade calendars!