Shape Turkey Craft For Kids

When you are teaching shapes it’s easy to fall into a rut, this activity is a great example of how to mix shapes into art seamlessly. This is a fun way of including Thanksgiving crafts into your math lesson.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need Various colors of construction paper, googly eyes, scissors, glue and markers.
  2. Give your child a piece of construction paper you have cut into a big square, have them decorate it with markers ( or crayons) if they are old enough you can ask them to draw the very first thanksgiving, or maybe a farm scene. If they want to just go abstract that’s perfect too.
  3. While your child is drawing cut out 5 hearts 4 large and one tiny.
  4. Next cut out a large oval, a rectangle , a small circle and a triangle.
  5. Time to start gluing! Start with your hearts. Arrange them so that the points are down , they are going to be the feathers.
  6. Next glue the oval lengthwise over the bottom of the hearts.
  7. Now the rectangle. When something has to be glued in a certain direction I like to add the glue first so my son can see how it goes without me looming over him, then he can succeed on his own!
  8. Add the circle for the head.
  9. I did the googly eyes because my son was trying to put it in his mouth (will it never end?) , also add the triangle and tiny heart for a beak and waddle.

Song!

I have a turkey, big and fat.
He spreads his tail and walks like that.
His bowl of corn he would not miss
And when he talks, it sounds like this
Gobble Gobble Gobble!

The Jury Is in !

Play dough
Pay Day !


The above is just a sampling of the surviving recipes. Yes I did screw up 3…or was it 4 ? It’s all a blur! Thank you so much for all your input my son and I had fun testing them all out, even the ones we messed up ( I am sure the recipes were all perfect, remember I am a jinx! ) Here are the winners and a few honorable mentions.

My son’s favorite was Apple Cider No Cook Play dough he wanted to eat it, and kept smelling it. It’s texture was firmer than most of the others but I liked that for my toddler since it allowed him to break apart pieces, and be rough with it. Also did you read there is no hot anything, very classroom friendly for all you teachers! My son loved it, don’t mind his helmet, it’s a new obsession.

My Favorite was The Super Easy No Cook Play dough .I liked how insanely easy it was, even me the play dough jinx didn’t mess it up! It also required the least amount of clean up and was easy to make with a toddler pulling on my leg. Now I can boil water for tea and play dough at the same time!

The Pumpkin Spice play dough smelled amazing ! Here my little man is adding the last of the cream of tartar. The recipe is big, it would be wonderful for a classroom or Thanksgiving party.


The Bisquick play dough was really good too, it really felt like the brand name stuff, and it cooks in the microwave. I was sure my microwave was going to explode but the results were great, be careful all the microwave recipes get really hot. If you have a little helper make sure it’s out of reach.

Thank to everyone who submitted a recipe .

Holiday Gift Showcase – First Edition

Holiday Gifts
Inspired by Children’s Books



Reading to your child is the very best gift you can give them and all the gifts below celebrate the magic of children’s literature . I was awed by the creativity, and hit with a feeling of nostalgia while putting together this showcase. I hope you find something for your special little reader. Click on the images to see full size pictures!

That rad little shirt can be found here at
Brittain Road

One of my favorite books is the Eric Carle Classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar Check out there adorable gifts inspired by that book:


Never too young to start reading!
The diaper cover seen above can be found at
The Little Britches


How cute is this hat? Go see that and more at
Pink Alligator Designs

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is read every night at our house. Here are some wonderful Goodnight Moon gifts:


I think I may be adding this hand stamped necklace to my wish list, with the words ” Good Night Stars, Good Night Moon” it’s perfect in it’s simplicity! See it at
RHBDesigns


This teeshirt is so cute, and it’s only one of the many adorable designs at
Bugsella

For those of you who are fans of Maurice Sendak’s

Where The Wild Things Are


Even little ones will want to use a coaster, with these adorable ones from
Glitterworkshop


Or if you are more refined but like to show just a titch of your wild side
This pendant from Images Under Glass is perfect !

My favorite little Parisian has always been Madeline here are a few gifts that will make you smell the fresh croissants you all the way back to Paris!

These are centerpieces but I think they would be adorable as bedroom decorations too! Check out more awesome character ones at
Play Patterns



This necklace is so delicate and doesn’t need any diamonds to make it sparkle!
Design by Sabreena

Every Sunday from now until Christmas I will be showcasing holiday gifts
If you have something you would like included

contact me

Our New Look !

We got a face lift!

A few of our new features to check out:
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Constellation Craft & More

This is a wonderful activity for preschoolers interested in constellations and space. When I did this activity with my PreK class most of the children chose to make multiple constellations. For a special treat use glow in the dark stars!

  1. Gather your materials. You need black or dark blue paper, some white or yellow chalk and some sticker stars.
  2. Draw any picture you want on the paper using the chalk.
  3. Once the picture is finished , add the stars.
  4. Don’t forget to give your constellation a name.
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Sparkle Paint Sponge Painting!
( say that 3x fast!)

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some liquid paint,glitter, a kitchen sponge some black paper, scissors and a marker.
  2. Draw a star on the sponge and cut out.
  3. Pour the paint onto a plate or tray, mix in the glitter. It should still be runny enough to paint with. My paint was too thick – if yours looks like this, add more paint!
  4. Start stamping.
  5. As the paint dries the sparkles will show through!

Books!


” Goodnight Moon- A Counting Book” uses the familiar illustrations from the classic book by Margaret Wise Brown and turns it into a counting book. The page with 100 stars really has 100 stars on it, count and see!

” The Night Sky” by June English is a short non fiction book for PreK-1st grade that touches on the phases of the moon, constellations and much more. The illustrations are bright and engaging.

” Five Wishing Stars” by Treesha Runnels is a great bedtime book, it countdowns from 5 to zero with a rhyming text and glow in the dark stars!