Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gobble, Gobble

Today we made a turkey Thanksgiving craft. I love this craft because you use tracings of your child's hand to construct it. I always keep the crafts that use tracings of my kiddos hands. I mark the back of the craft with the date and their age, and then I'll always see how big (or little) their hands were at that particular age.

These are the supplies that you need (that's foam, not construction paper):

First you need to cut out a triangle for the beak, a tear drop for the gobbler, and two long rectangles for the legs.

Also cut out two of the following shapes. I don't really know what to call this shape, so just copy what I did. Make the yellow one slightly bigger than the orange one.

Trace your child's hand onto one piece of foam. Then stack the other two pieces of foam behind the one that is traced on and cut out the hand shape.

Now you have all the pieces cut out.

Start by layering two hands on top of one another, staggering the fingers so that the "tail feathers" are spread out. Then put the third hand in the middle on top of the other two.

Now, this is where I forgot and stopped taking pictures.

Take the yellow body and glue it on top of the top hand. Then glue the smaller orange body on top of the yellow one.

Then give your child the google eyes, beak, and gobbler and let them glue those into place on the turkey's body.

Last, glue the legs to the back of the craft. I had to do this part, because the glue was still wet which made it difficult to handle.

This is what it should look like when you're done:

You can glue on a magnet to the back if you'd like.
Oh, and because I think one should give credit where credit is due, I found this idea at No Time for Flashcards. You HAVE to check out this blog if you have young ones. It's filled to overflowing with TONS of ideas.

We also finished up this craft by reading this book:

Oh, and remember the Knit Your Bit program I posted about here? Well, I bought my yarn today. Enough to make at least two scarves. I'll be starting this very soon so I can get them packaged and sent off into the mail to the WWII museum in Louisiana.

Here's what I chose: 2 skeins of Spring Moss, 2 skeins of Dark Denim, and 1 skein of wheat. I will be using this pattern supplied by the WWII museum. I bought Simply Soft Eco yarn by Caron. It's supposed to be environmentally friendly. This was the first time I had ever seen it. But let me say that this yarn is very soft, and I think it would feel great wrapped around anyone's neck.

You can check out the WWII website for information on how to participate in this wonderful service project.


Heather said...

Aww, cute. I can't wait til my daughter is old enough to do crafts with me.... but then again I can. She's growing too fast!

And I need to learn how to knit...

Erin said...

Wow, what a fun project! I am going to have to do this with my kids. They have tomorrow off, so maybe we'll have to do a craft.