Now that the holidays are steadily approaching and the year is coming to a close, this becomes a time for my family to reflect on all the many blessings and wonderful opportunities that we have had throughout the year.
This is not only a wonderful teaching opportunity for kids, but great for the adults as well. Now of course this doesn’t have to be a serious task to share these feelings, so I turned this idea into a fun craft for my kiddos called the Thankful Turkey.
If you are interested in recreating the Thankful Turkey Craft, here is what you will need:
– Pieces of Construction Paper including Brown, Red, Blue, Green, Purple, Orange and Yellow
– A pair of Googly Eyes
– Glue or Glue Stick (I personally prefer the Glue Stick)
FYI, this activity is also a great way to reinforce shapes, colors, and hand eye coordination.
To get started, I first used a bowl to trace a circle that would be the body of the Turkey from the brown construction paper. Then I used a cup on the orange paper to make the face.
Next, I cut out an oval shape for the feathers and used it as a template to make the others. From there, I cut out a beak and feet from the yellow, wings in the shape of a house from the orange, and wattle from the red paper.
I then handed over the traced shapes to my 6 year old daughter so she could cut them out. Once finished, we discussed what she was thankful for and I then instructed her to label the feathers with the various people, animal, and/or items.
Depending upon your child’s age they may need less or more assistance with tracing, cutting out the shapes, or writing on the feathers.
My oldest son who is 9 was able to do this with little instruction, and they both finished their creations by gluing the parts together.
As a family we made a few of these turkeys, and I proceeded to display them predominantly near our front door. I enjoyed reading what my kids were thankful for like school, home, our dog, and my son even mentioned football.
Do you make a similar craft with your family? What activities do you do in order to share how thankful you are?
Our family was a label on their Turkeys, which of course made me feel pretty great and very THANKFUL.
I hope you enjoy this craft and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Carlee @ LAAF