Easy Paper Turkeys

The children I work with LOVE to make crafts. Anytime I bring out crafting materials they are almost fighting to get their hands on it. Crafting is a great way for kids to develop language, follow directions, and improve fine motor skills.

This week we are reading the book The Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman. It is a cute story about how a turkey outsmarts some townspeople. In the story, the characters participate in a contest to make the best turkey. They use all sorts of materials such as oatmeal, potatoes, and soap. Since making soap turkeys might get a little messy, I am keeping it simple with using basic materials such as glue, paper, and recyclables.

These crafts are all simple and are suggested for children 3-11 (preschool- 5th grade).

Paper Turkey:

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Some student art

 

Time to make: 5-10 minutes depending on child’s fine motor skills

You need: construction paper, scissors, liquid glue, google eyes

1) Cut out a brown circle for the turkey body and two wings.

2) Using any color paper you would like, make 6 three inch strips for the tail feathers. Also create a triangle beak and two feet.

3) Glue all of the turkey parts onto a half sheet of construction paper.

Want to make it more challenging? With my older students I had them create a “Turkey Profile.” They had to name the turkey and list personal information about the turkey (e.g., favorite food, favorite games).

All About Me: Turkey Edition

All About Me: Turkey Edition

 

Toilet Paper Turkey ( as seen on Pinterest)

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Time to make: 5 minutes

You need: toilet paper tube, construction paper, markers, liquid glue, stapler, scissors

1) Cut the toilet paper tube in half.

2) Draw two eyes on the front of the tube. Cut a triangle beak and “gobbler” (that red thing on the turkey’s mouth) and glue them below the eyes.

3) Cut 5 strips of construction paper. Make sure they are long strips (i.e., the length of one sheet of construction paper).

4) Fold over the strips to make a loop. Do not crease them. Fan the loops into a tail and staple them together. Then staple them on the backside of  the toilet paper tube.

*Don’t have a toilet paper tube on hand? Egg cartons work just as well. Kids can color or paint the egg carton to give it a brown color.

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Happy Crafting!

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Friendsgiving

I ❤️ Thanksgiving. It combines two of my favorite things: eating and drinking. Since I am not originally from the west coast and neither are a lot of my friends here, we tend not to see each other over the holidays. In order to remedy this, my lovely friend R chose to host Friendsgiving. If you don’t what this is, it is like Thanksgiving, but usually held amongst friends. It is a great way to get a group of people together for a little fun and laughter.

I made a centerpiece for the table.

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I defiantly waited till the last minute to make the centerpiece and that was a mistake. I thought Michael’s would have a few fall florals left…WRONG! It was like a Christmas bomb went off in there. As I walked through the aisles I got more and more nervous about not finding anything. Why is it now the trend to have Christmas stuff out in October?!? In any event, I took a deep breath and knew it was a “make it work” moment. I ended up finding glittery leaves and fruit as well as some cranberries. A little creativity and some determination later and my centerpiece was looking good.

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Here is the centerpiece in action. My friend made these awesome candles with corn seeds on the bottom. Combined with her beautiful dishes the table was ready for the party!

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The evening went so well. R’s turkey was amazing as well as all of the other side dishes. I made an apple pie and yams with marshmallows. I have to say I am beginning to like cooking a lot more, especially when I can cook for others.

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Well having Friendsgiving only got me excited about real Thanksgiving. Only 1.5 weeks left till Turkey Day!