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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Ideas

Time to be thankful & try not to lose it when the kids are home from school! Just kidding, but it's a good time to do some fun stuff together in light of this holiday. So I'm going to share with you a few things we have done and stumbled on, with a budget in mind.


This is a good excuse to go for a nature walk pick up some pine cones or in our case a magnolia tree seed pod. Get some fun stuff out to make your items into turkeys. We used some glue (glitter & regular), googly eyes, foam sheets, construction paper, feathers (or cut out construction paper feathers) and scissors.

If you want go ahead and cut out some of those construction paper fathers and while you're at it cut out a circle for each turkey head you need. We used foam sheets for the other items. Two triangles for each beak and two squares per turkey for feet, and a free form wavy thing for the wobble.

Assemble time! Get your glue, turkey body and little bits!

We chose to use the stem like a turkey neck, though if you are lucky an have a pine cone you can probably have a taller turkey an just glue the head where you want it.

Glue your beak. What we did was add a strip of white glue then placed on, maybe you prefer tacky glue, but hot glue seemed like a bad idea for a kid's craft.

Now, dots of glue for the googly eyes.

Strip of glue for the wobble. Attach.

Dots of glue for your little square feet. Add them to bottom of your seed pod or pine cone.

Does your turkey's face look something like this? Maybe a little less running wet glue? ;)  Don't worry if not, it's always easy to fix. Everyone good? Time to move on to the next step.

Glue your feathers, real or paper to the backside of your turkey. Our original plan was both, but we ended up just leaving it alone after a few feathers on each.

If you are making a little extra sparkly turkey, add your glitter glue now. 

Let your turkeys dry. Enjoy.

Cheap Crafts-

Never underestimate the power of a cheap little craft at Micheal's. I picked up this few cent scarecrow on a whim and let the kiddo get to work with some of my sharpies and it was a nice little time of peace and quiet.  Love their little kid holiday craft options and love their new app with coupons always at the edge of my figure tips.

If you want it to look extra finished use a Modge Podge or a sealant spray.


A few extra ideas to check out look at these:

A few Books to Read with the Little Ones-

"One is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale" by Judy Cox
"Thanks for Thanksgiving" by Julie Markes
"The Littlest Pilgrim" by Brandi Dougherty

Hope these ideas keep your Thanksgiving week a little more bonding and a little less crazy.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


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