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My son is at a fun age. He understands (kind of) what it is to be thankful and it’s interesting what he says he’s grateful for. Last year, I remember seeing something at my son’s preschool and he was thankful for the iPad. This year, I thought it would be fun to see what he said he was thankful for and he came up with an interesting list! I also thought I could turn this into a fun Thanksgiving turkey craft.
First things first. I had my son paint 10 craft sticks (all of these items I had on hand.) I had paints that were copper, red and gold which I felt were pretty fall-like colors. While those dried, we made a list of what he was thankful for.
Then we cut out the shapes of the turkey (a large brown circle – I traced a bowl and cut the circle out. The two eyes are just small white circles with the eyes colored in. The nose is a corner of a piece of orange paper and the snood – you know the red fleshy thing on a turkey? – that was a random shape we cut out.) then my son glued the pieces in place.
When the craft sticks were mostly dried, we used a Sharpie to write the words of what he was thankful for. Notice he lists himself as one of the things? That was his tenth item he was thankful for. His first was actually his sister. His toys were high on the list. (And “my dogs” is referring to my mom’s dog and my grandma’s dog. We don’t actually have a dog in our home.)
I lined the craft sticks up behind the turkey “body” and then put glue on the bottoms of the sticks. The body was then aligned on the sticks, and it took a while to dry.
I think 10 sticks might have been a bit much, but it was really fun to listen to him come up with his list. I love that he’s thankful for his home. That was also high on the list.
My son is 6 and this was a quick and easy craft for him. I think you could do this with a younger child and get some funny results, and it would be really great to compare year after year!
What kinds of crafts are you into these days?