Today's post actually comes from Joanne, a preschool teacher
friend of mine. She put together these crafts for her classroom
last year and I thought it would be great to share those same ideas
with you. These are perfect for keeping little hands occupied and
preparing for the coming week of giving thanks.
This by far is the cutest project I send home for Thanksgiving!
We do this activity after discussing parts of our body and compare
them to the parts of a turkey (show me your eyes, show me your
nose, show me your gobbler!). This project also incorporates naming
different shapes and colors. Older children can cut out their own
faces, eyes, beaks and gobblers.
Tip: Brown paper bags from the grocery store are lifesavers at
Thanksgiving. No need to buy construction paper.
I think that the handprint turkey is more traditional than
cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving time. But this keepsake serves as a
wonderful reminder of how little your child was at one point - and
makes a great place card or gift for relatives.
I set out different colored paints and asked my students to name
which colors they wanted to use. For older children, I let them
paint their own hands to make it more personal.
The poem I use is the same one from a card I gave my parents in
This isn't just a turkey, as you can plainly see.
I made it with my hand, which is a part of me.
It comes with lots of love, especially to say:
I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!
If you're feeling extra
My students loved having the freedom of painting their own hands
for this activity, and I enjoyed sitting back and doing nothing
while they build up their fine motor skills (ha ha). The children
stamped their hands on a piece of paper to create the turkey
feathers. Next is the best part: tickling those little feet! (Make
sure you have wet wipes or a bucket of soapy water handy so you
don't get little painted footprints all over your home). To
complete this work of art, thumbprints can be used to create eyes,
beak and gobbler.
With all the hubbub of department stores opening their doors at
8 p.m. for holiday shoppers, I now have one more activity to
remember what Thanksgiving is truly about.
How do you celebrate Turkey Day? Do you put together special
projects for your kids to get ready for the big day? Share with us
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