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Turkey Trivia Place Card




Thanksgiving Trivia

Q. What year did the Mayflower arrive in Plymouth, Massachusetts?
A. 1620.

Q. What kind of seafood did the pilgrims eat?
A. Clams, oysters, eels, lobster, and codfish.

Q. What colors did the pilgrims wear?
A. Dark or forest green, red, brown, black, blue, and gray.

Q. Did animals sail on the Mayflower with the pilgrims?
A. There was no room for cattle or livestock, but at least two dogs were on board.

Q. What was the pilgrims' name for boiled-corn pudding?
A. Hasty pudding.

Q. What kind of houses did the Native Americans live in when the pilgrims met them?
A. Wigwams, round-roofed houses made of poles covered with bark.

Q. What is the male turkey called? What distinguishes him from the female?
A. A tom. He is bigger and has more colorful plumage than the female.

Q. What did Native Americans wear on their heads?
A. Tribes west of the Mississippi River wore elaborate headdresses made of many feathers. Other Native Americans used a single eagle feather.

Turkey Trivia Place Card Template



  1. Step 1

    Print out our template.

  2. Step 2

    Trace the shapes onto heavyweight paper, and cut out one body and five feathers for each bird. Write a question (see examples above) on one side of each feather and the answer on the other side.

  3. Step 3

    Make a hole at the end of each feather and toward the tail end of the body. Stack the feathers, questions facing forward. Align the holes in the stack with the hole in the body, insert a metal paper fastener through the holes, and secure.

  4. Step 4

    Fan out the feathers. To make the turkey stand up, cut a 1 1/2-inch slit in the bottom of the body.

  5. Step 5

    Cut a 1 1/2-inch-radius (3-inch-diameter) half circle from the heavyweight paper, and insert the curved side into the slit.

Martha Stewart Living, November 1999



Reviews (8)

  • efleisig 25 Nov, 2013

    These were great to do with a ten year old. We made the tail feathers from strips of paint swatches in the yellow/brown range, folding them like an accordion and then cutting out five feathers at once. The swatches are free at the paint store, and you end up with a nice color gradient. We decided to have everyone in the family write one thing they are thankful for about everyone else on each turkey, so when people sit down to dinner they have a place card with personal uplifting messages.

  • TwinMomWA 21 Nov, 2011

    We did this with my kids' 1st/2nd grade class. We precut the bodies & trimmed the bottom 3/8" to make it flat; added a red waddle; & had the kids cut the feathers (5 colors) w/ fancy edge scissors. They wrote on each what they are thankful for. We used a 2" circle folded in half as the base, w/ a 1" slit at the back 1/3 of the body, & folded the base tips forward like "feet" to make it stand up better. You could try a 1/2" slit in each of the body & base instead. They turned out very well!

  • angelaUPartist 24 Nov, 2010

    I used these last year and it was the best Thanksgiving conversation starter every. I am currently looking for newer trivia.

  • MrsLupton 22 Nov, 2010

    I am going to make these and use them as place cards! On each feather I am going to put a reason why I am thankful for that person. So excited!

  • Stitchintime82 14 Nov, 2010

    I had fun making these and am really happy with the way they turned out. I did get mine to stand up with the 1.5" slit in the turkey. However, there wasn't a lot of room for the guests' names. I would recommend making these!

  • mrychr 23 Nov, 2009

    The turkey does not stand up. Look at the photo, and you will see that Martha had to use acorns to prop it up. A better design is needed!

  • melellis 20 Nov, 2008

    Martha, Martha, Martha! Wow! I've looked at all your cool Thanksgiving table ideas and this is the one that (1620) rocks! No pun intended, haha. We have a HUGE family, so I better get to work! You' re one class act, Martha!!!

  • quiltx2 20 Nov, 2008

    oh my gosh, Martha...your ideas are SO great! My grandson will have fun making these for our table. Thank you!!