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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thankful Turkey

This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving/turkey crafts. It is an awesome craft from one of our November storytimes at the library. I love how simple and inexpensive it is to make and yet it is adorable on the little ones and encourages lots of discussion about what we are thankful for.

This craft is good for expressive language skills and vocabulary, fine motor skills, and following directions.

Supplies needed:   Brown construction paper (2 shades, if available)
                               Orange construction paper
                               Red construction paper
                               Copies of "I am thankful for..." headband (brown)
                               Copies of head and wing patterns (brown)
                               Copies of feet and beak pattern (orange)
                               Copies of waddle pattern (red)
                               Copies of feather pattern (red, orange, yellow)
                               1" X 12" strips of orange paper
                               2 1/2" X 12" strips of brown paper
                               Glue (Tacky Glue is preferred)
                               Black marker
                               Sticker eyes


*Make headband by taping the "I am thankful for..." strip to another brown strip and fitting band to child's head.

*Cut out all pattern pieces.

*Glue eyes, beak, and waddle to turkey head.

*Glue bottom half of head to the top half of headband - right above "thankful". Also tape behind the head to keep it in place until glue dries.

*Glue and tape wings to the side of the headband.

*Using black marker or crayon, write something that child is thankful for on each feather.

*Glue and tape feathers to back of headband (on the inside to make them sturdier).

* Fold the orange strips in an accordian fold.

*Glue feet to end of each strip.

*Glue and tape strups to inside, bottom of headband.

Now your headband is ready to wear. Enjoy! Gobble, gobble!


1 comment:

  1. I love this craft and thanks for letting me post this picture on Caught in the Act ... of READING!

    Pragmatic Mom