{No Glue} Turkey Craft For Thanksgiving

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no mess thanksgiving day craft People have been making paper bag turkey crafts for ages but I still wanted to share this one because of how we made it and how my daughter was able to play as soon as the last piece was on. It’s the perfect low mess make and take craft for your kid guests at Thanksgiving dinner.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper bags, crayons, party streamers ( I save all extras from birthday parties), googly eyes, orange and red construction paper, scissors and permanent double stick tape. paper bag turkey craft

Start by cutting a few inches off the bottom of the paper bags. This makes the puppets much easier for wee little arms to handle. paper bag turkey craft for thanksgiving

Next invite your puppet maker to color their turkey. My daughter took her time taking off all the paper from the crayons first. paper bag turkey craft for three year oldsThis was an unintended fine motor skill activity in the middle of our main craft. paper bag turkey

While they peel and color cut the streamers into shorter pieces, and cut a beak and wattle. paper bag turkey streamers

When they are done coloring flip the bag over and add the double stick tape along the edges. paper bag turkey craft for children

Add the streamers. paper bag turkey feathersI was floored with how long she did this. She wanted to cover every bit of “sticky” and even asked to add more. paper bag turkey adding feathers

Add tape to the wattle and beak and flip the turkey over and stick them on. We added the beak first so I slipped it under after. paper bag turkey for kids

Pop on the eyes. turkey paper bag puppet for kids

Best part is that it’s time to play right away ! paper bag turkey make and play right away

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Easy Turkey Craft for Toddlers

All the stores are packed with Christmas decor already but I don’t want to skip over Thanksgiving crafts! This Turkey craft for toddlers could also been done with older kids but toddlers get an extra kick out of squeezing and spreading the glitter glue as well as the sticky texture of the contact paper. Make sure while you are crafting that you use the opportunity to use these words. You don’t have to direct the exploration but as they explore add a little narration here and there.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, contact paper, glitter glue ( ours is from our friends at craftprojectideas.com) , scissors, googly eyes and glue.
  2. Start by folding a sheet of construction paper in half and cutting out feathers.
  3. Next cut the middle out of that. You will want to keep it folded to make this easier. You should end up with a frame.
  4. Cut out a turkey body ( think bowling pin shape) a nose and a gobble ( upside down heart). I used scrap paper for this. If you don’t have red and yellow paper grab some white and color it
  5. Lay your contact paper on the table sticky side up add the feather frame.
  6. Time to add the glitter glue. She loved this. What she doesn’t know is that unscrewing the caps, squeezing the glue and even spreading it are all working on her fine motor and eye hand coordination skills. Yay!
  7. Another skill this works on is color recognition. ” What color are you using?” it’s as simple as that.
  8. Explore as long as you want. she spent longer than I expected on it and specifically told me I was not to help with the caps, unless they fell on the floor and then it was ” Mama job go get the cap.”
  9. Next add the body.
  10. Beak and gobble.
  11. Cover the whole thing with another sheet of contact paper. Press. Glue the eyes on the outside and let dry.
  12. Cut out . Pop it on the window for a little extra sparkle Thanksgiving style!

 

Turkey Counting – Thanksgiving Math Activity

by Kim

Stores may already have winter holiday decorations out, but fall is not over with. There is so much more time to enjoy it. Here is a fun way to incorporate learning, crafting, and turkeys. Yep, turkeys.

You will need some construction paper, glue, scissors, and markers. For a reusable (and glue-free) version of this activity use felt instead of construction paper.

Trace circles onto brown construction paper. I used a drinking glass to trace. Make a circle for each number you would like to use in this activity.

Cut out the circles and glue them onto smaller sheets of colored paper. At this point you could have your child cut and glue. I prepared all of mine ahead of time because this activity was done simultaneously with 9 children and only me. Draw little wings, feet, and turkey heads on. At the top write the number for each sheet.

Now cut out lots of feathers in an array of colors.

Now your child can read the number (or count the dots) and set out how many feathers need to be glued onto the turkey.

Let your child start gluing away. With so many small children and just me, I used glue sticks.

Have them count out the feathers to make sure they have the correct amount. Then they can be a silly turkey themselves.

This is a fun activity that helps number recognition, counting, colors, sorting, you can even do the feathers in a pattern, motor skills, and is just plain fun.

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Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It

Indian Corn Mosaic Craft

by Kim

 

This craft is fast to set up and fun. It can be easily modified depending of the supplies you have on hand, too. Plus, nothing says fall like Indian Corn.

You will need a piece of paper (I used construction paper), self adhesive craft foam, scissors, and a marker. You can use non0adhesive craft foam or even construction paper. You will just need to have some glue, too.

Draw a shape that generally resembles an ear of corn. No artistic ability is needed, as you can see. Then draw so horizontal lines inside the ear of corn.

Cut the foam into small squares. It does not have to be exact, just the general size of the space between your lines that you drew inside the ear of corn.

Let your child start sticking away! There is no rhyme or reason to this. You can encourage them to keep the pieces in the rows you drew. You could also use this craft to explore color patterns. We chose to just make the colors random. I did instruct them to try their best to keep the squares in the rows.

This craft was great for fine motor skills. Little fingers had to peel the sticker backs off. If you are using regular foam or construction paper, just make a line of glue inside the row and have you child affix the squares. I would suggest doing just one row at a time.

Once you are done, you have a genuine ear of Indian corn.

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Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.