Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thankful Turkey Craft!


Hello everyone! I am Michelle from The MaMade Diaries and I am so honored to be guest posting here on Chaos with a Curve today! I hope that you all enjoy this Thankful Turkey craft.

I love crafting, and I'm passing this along to my son Eli. He gets so excited whenever I say that we are going to make something. We have so much fun creating things together, and nothing beats his excitement when he sees our finished products.

Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I wanted to do a craft that was easy enough for Eli (and other kiddos) to do, but I also wanted it to be something that the whole family could make as well. Which lead to our Thankful Turkeys!

Supplies:

Brown, orange, yellow and red construction paper
Scissors
Pencil
Sharpie (or a pen or other marker)
Glue stick or some other type of glue or tape
Googly eyes

Before I started the craft with Eli, I cut the yellow, red and orange paper into a feather shape and made small slits around the edges of the paper to create a "feather" look. I also used scraps to make orange beaks and red wattles. (I had to look up what they were called! It's the red flap of skin that hangs down under their beak).

Eli did not really want to participate in the photo taking process, so I was unable to really get any pictures WHILE we were actually making them. But we had a lot of fun!

The first thing you need to do is trace your hand (or have your child trace their hand) onto the brown construction paper using a pencil. Next you will cut out your hand tracing which will be the body of the turkey.

To assemble your turkey, place glue on each of the 4 fingers and place a different color "feather" on each one. Then you will glue an eye, beak, and wattle to the "thumb" of your hand cut out making the turkey's head.

We used a glue stick, so the glue dried really fast and we did not need to wait that long to write what we were thankful for.

Once your turkey is assembled and the glue is dry, use your sharpie (pen or other marker) and write "I am Thankful for..." on the turkey's body, and use each feather to write one thing you are thankful for. Since Eli can't write, I did this part for him, but the older kiddos would be able to do this on their own.


Eli wanted to make two turkeys, so I actually turned one of them into a hat for him by taping it to strips of construction paper! He was so excited when he saw the hat! And once we were all done I hung both of our Thankful Turkeys on the refrigerator so everyone can see them.


I hope that you enjoyed our Thankful Turkey Craft! Don't forget to stop by my blog The MaMade Diaries to see the other things we've made!

7 comments:

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

This is such a cute craft, and even better, it gets young children thinking about what they are grateful for. Love it!

Brittnei Washington said...

I wanted to make sure I came over to tell you, Michelle how wonderful of an idea this is. I'm so grateful also that you shared this on my Countdown in Style linky party! Don't forget to come back to see if you were featured on Friday! xoxo

Michelle Williams said...

Thank you Emma and Brittnei! I'm glad that you both like it :). Eli loves it and keeps asking to make more!

Digiscrap Boutique said...

Very cute you've taken a classic and made it fresh and modern. I can remember doing something similar as a kid but it was just the basic hand cutout.

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

We already had Thanksgiving here in Canada but I'll have to keep this in mind for next year... so cute!

Wishing you a lovely evening.
xoxo

Artist said...

Love the blog. Your turkey project is great. Happy Thanksgiving.

Lauren Lindsley said...

Oh I love this! This would be great for a class, too. Your turkeys turned out so well!

Lauren @ How Beautiful Are The Feet

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