Bubble Wrap Indian Corn Craft

thanksgiving craft I have been waiting to do this craft for ages but you will see that even fun projects sometimes don’t appeal to cranky 2 year olds, no biggie, just improvise and everyone will have fun. Although I am doing this as a Thanksgiving craft , you can do this while learning about nutrition, cooking or gardening too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of paper, a crayon, paint, a piece of bubble wrap, a paint brush, glue and scissors.
  2. Draw 2 ears of corn on a yellow or white piece of construction paper.
  3. Mix some paint on a plate, and dip the bubble wrap in it, I blotted it in paper towel first. This was as much as my son would do with the wrap, right after I took this picture I got told ” No , no brush, pease” .
  4. If your child likes bubble wrap have them press the bubble wrap on their corn. My son used a paint brush instead. I did a bubble wrap one though, so you can see the results below ! Let the corn dry.
  5. When your child is painting with bubble wrap or a brush, draw some husks on the 2nd piece of paper.
  6. Have your child paint it brown with a paint brush, as you can see my son was all over this step! Let everything dry.
  7. Cut out the corn – you can see that as cool as the bubble print corn is the one my son made is just as wonderful, so don’t stress if your child goes “off book” it’s all good! It looks almost like he used the wrap in places but it was all dotting with the brush.
  8. Cut out the husks, if your child can use scissors let them do the cutting, and glue to the top of the corn.

Thanksgiving 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.

“10 Fat Turkeys” by Tony Johnston was a classroom favorite, it’s about as silly as a book gets and the kids had no clue they were actually learning about subtraction while listening to the crazy rhymes. This won’t explain the pilgrims , or talk about the Mayflower, but it will make your kids laugh! Very cute!

“The First Thanksgiving Day : A Counting Story” by Laura Krauss Melmed is a stunning gem of a book. I can’t believe I haven’t read it before, normally great books like this go through teaching circles like wildfire. The book has so many layers it will keep toddlers and preschoolers alike busy and engaged. The text explains the first Thanksgiving while counting 1-10 in rhyming poetry and the illustrations by Mark Buehner have hidden treasures, see if you can find them! After I return this to the library, I will be buying it for sure!


” 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.

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!