Free Art Friday !!

Free Art!


I always try to give my son opportunities to just create, at his age that usually includes markers , crayons or paint and paper. That’s it. It may look like we are always doing big mommy directed things but most of our days look like this. Most of the marker came off with a wash cloth the rest will be scrubbed off in the bath , I can’t wait because we have an
Ice Berg
freezing right now!

~Here is another fun free art project for your weekend~

Dish Scrubber Painting

Paper Plate Turkey Craft

paper plate turkey craft for kids

After seeing my foam turkey after from nap my son asked to make one , which means he said ” urkey yeah yeah, urkey pease pease” but I knew what he meant. So I grabbed a paper plate and made a more toddler friendly version of a Thanksgiving Turkey!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some markers ( crayons, or paint would work too) , s few colors of tissue paper, glue and scissors.
  2. Have your child color the paper plate, my son did not want to move on past this step, coloring is where it’s at at our house lately. He colored 2 other paper plates while I tried to convince him that glue was cool too.
  3. While they color cut out some feathers from the tissue paper.
  4. Cut the plate in half, and cut a small triangle off of the discarded half, this will be your turkey head.
  5. Add glue to the inside lip of the paper plate.
  6. Add your feathers, at first my son was refusing to do this, so I let him keep coloring and soon enough, he was asking to do it after watching me.
  7. While they glue, make a face on the “head” .
  8. When all the feathers are on glue on the head. Let dry .

Books


A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman is such a cute and funny book about a town that needs a turkey and the lengths they go to to find one. The town is sadly outwitted by the turkey and end up eating shredded wheat for thanksgiving. The illustrations kept my little man interested even though the story’s humor was above his head.

 Thanksgiving is for giving thanks by Margaret Sutherland is book that explains what Thanksgiving is, and gives lots of examples of things to be thankful for. I like this book although I could go without the page where the narrator is thankful for lollipops, all the other things are wonderful like a teacher’s encouragement, grandma’s hugs, and sunny days and to me the lollipops sorta fall flat. Easily skipped over if you are not keen on it but the book as a whole is valuable teaching tool about thanksgiving.

Turkey Craft

turkey craft
This Thanksgiving turkey craft has stood the test of time. I made it with my son in 2008 and just unpacked it 5 years later and it still looks great! If you are working with a toddler like my son was when we made it do the cutting for them but they can help glue and layer the hand prints. If you are going to make this into a magnet like I did make sure to use magnetic tape or a magnetic sheet because little magnets and little kids don’t mix.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 5 sheets ( some can be scraps) of foam, brown, light brown, red, orange and yellow. Googly eyes, glue , scissors and a marker.
  2. Trace your child’s hand on one piece of foam.
  3. Stack two more sheets under it and cut out.
  4. Cut out a long 8 shape in yellow foam and one in orange that is slightly smaller, I don’t have a picture because I did it in red then decided orange would be better.
  5. Cut out a small triangle for the beak and a small tear drop in red for the gobble ( what is that thing really called ?).
  6. Cut two small rectangles for legs.
  7. Glue the two brown hand prints one on top of the other so the fingers ( feathers ) are staggered.
  8. Add the red one.
  9. Add the yellow body.
  10. Add the orange on top
  11. Glue the beak , gobble and eyes on.
  12. Add the legs and Let dry. If you want you can add a magnet to the back .

So much to be thankful for…

Thanksgiving
Garland

My son was born on American Thanksgiving so a day that used to mean the day before shopping became very very significant in my life. There is nothing I am more thankful for than him , and his health and happiness . That inspired me to make a long term project leading up to Thanksgiving. Depending on how old your children are they can do a few steps like my son or all of this project.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a grocery bag, ribbon, plain paper, markers, clothes pins, hot glue gun and glue, paint, cookie cutters or other stencils.
  2. Draw various leaf shapes, either free hand or using stencils.on your grocery bag. Do one for each spot along your garland. I used cookie cutters!
  3. Using the markers have your child color the leaves, we are doing this as well as painting just for added effect, feel free to skip one.
  4. Have your child paint the leaves. We are using a sponge to paint, we haven’t sponge painted in a while, but don’t limit yourself use whatever you will most enjoy. Let dry
  5. While your child is painting , lay 2-4 feet of ribbon face down on your counter, hot glue gun your clothes pins to it. Let dry.
  6. Cut out ( or have your child if they can use scissors, even if it’s not perfect) the leaves.
  7. Glue the leaves to the ribbon and clothes pins.
  8. We aren’t done yet! Using the same stencil trace the leaf pattern on a stack of plain paper.
  9. Cut out.
  10. Add things you are thankful for on these pieces of paper from now until Thanksgiving, at dinner you can un clip these and share them. With toddlers ask them what things they think are special, or love. I am always scrambling to think of what I am thankful for , especially since at that point in the day I just want some wine! Also this will help teach your children about recognizing all we do have , all we have to be thankful about throughout the whole month not just on Thanksgiving day.

Book!

Thanksgiving is also the day that I don’t big my husband about football one bit. I am so so so not a fan but I am trying not to be so angry while watching, or rather while doing something else while my boys watch. This book – although a board book was really enlightening and my son loved it too! Thanks to my husband’s coworker David who suggested it !


” Touchdown : My Football Book” by David Diehl is a short, to the point and completely entertaining little book. It explains so much about football in the absolute easiest ways. My son has started to show a love of football, helmets and tackling and this book is a great injury free way to harness that love!

Sent In By You ! …. sort of

Incredible
Ice Bergs!

Last week when I was updating my blog roll I came across this awesome idea for some homemade bath toys! Bath time won’t be a struggle if your little one has a cool ice berg with a toy frozen inside. This is a great lesson about water, temperature and weather too, perfect as winter approaches.


For full instructions and more adorable pictures
check out
Glamour Moms

Thank you Lyndsay for letting me share this!