Today I am thankful for the nice weather; we got to go look for pine cones for next week’s craft time… (30 Days of Thanks) *******************************************************************
It’s that time of year, where one holiday season ends and another begins. (Anyone else already hearing Christmas tunes while at the store? Seems they start earlier and earlier…)
With the trick-or-treating out of the way, we’ve removed all the Halloween decorations and have started talking about Thanksgiving. Today we made some simple construction paper turkeys.
I made sure all the pieces were pre-cut and ready to go (after all, toddlers don’t have much patience). Peanut did this one with me last year, so she got started right away gluing the little feet and eyes on.Have I mentioned before that Monkey is 2? He was pretty sure he was going to do this turkey HIS way. He refused to put eyes on when I gave them to him, crinkling the paper bird up at first so I had to smooth it back out. He did accept the feet (notice how they were put on) and the beak…Then I had Peanut flip hers over and showed her how to put on the feathers. Again, the 2 year old did it HIS way…Finally, my little girl HAD to glue on a leftover crown from playing “pin the crown on Ariel” at her birthday party…. and the toddler decided it should have eyes after all… Here are the final results:
We had just enough craftiness left in us to trace hands for our Thanksgiving Tree. Then we each came up with something we were thankful for to put on our “leaves.” I can’t wait to see the tree fill up!
How sweet! Its great to see that you let him control the outcome of his projects.
My daughter was worried about how he did his turkey, but I told her we each get to do the craft our own way. And I don’t think he’d have it any other way, either! LOL.
La-La's Home Daycare says
Awe.. he did so well. I have one here who is four now and still wants it done his way.
The others do it their way too, but he likes to make sure I know he is doing it his way.
So funny, but it’s a very good learning experience.
Thanks so much for sharing on the Holiday Kid Craft Link Up!
Yes, he is a little head-strong sometimes… But so much fun!
Wonderful Thanksgiving crafts for kids. I will me rounding up the kiddos this holiday and following for your lead with this craft. Thanks for sharing it!
Thanks! It is super easy, too, which makes it even better!
Mommy with selective memory says
I love this craft! I’m definitely going to have to do this. So you trace your hands and then out those on he tree every day??
The little tree at the end of the post? Yes, I made a tree out of packing paper and we are tracing our hands and writing what we are thankful for each day and then adding it to the tree like leaves. I’ll be doing a separate post on it soon! So far the kids are really enjoying it.
Aw, so fun! And they’re so cute (the kids AND the turkeys).
Thanks! I think I’ll keep them a while… Both the kids and the turkeys!
I completely suck at being the crafty mom, but I LOVE this!
I wish we did it more often… This one was easy; I’m learning that there are some crafts my 2 year old is just NOT going to get and it’s just frustrating to both of us then.
I have a 3 year old that insists on doing things her way so I can totally relate. What an adorable activity! Vicky from Mess For Less
Thanks – they had fun doing it. Can’t wait to check out your turkey placecard idea!
JDaniel4's Mom says
I love that he did it his way. I have had to learn my son like this “his” way too.
Yes, sometimes I have to remind myself it is okay for him to do it his way… And he is so proud of HIS turkey!