I’m so excited that my 3-year old is finally into doing craft projects. He had absolutely no interest in doing anything that involved crayons, construction paper or glue before he started his new preschool. Even though I’m not much of a crafty or DIY-type person (I can’t even sew on a button correctly!), I really want to do crafts with my son. We try to do at least one art project a week.
November is the perfect time of year for crafts with all of the upcoming holidays. This week we completed a Thanksgiving craft project.
Thanksgiving is a great focus since it gives us a chance to sit down and talk about things we are thankful for in our lives. For this project, we created a “thankful” Turkey and wrote down the people we’re thankful for on the turkey feathers. I’ve seen a few versions of this type of project but we tried to simplify it as much as possible.
Here are the materials:
4 pieces of construction paper – we chose brown, orange, yellow and red
One paper plate (all fun art projects include a paper plate :))
Pencil for tracing
- Trace a circle on the piece of brown construction paper with the paper plate for the turkey’s face.
- Glue the paper to the back of the paper plate. Turn it around and now you have your turkey face.
- Fold the other 3 pieces of construction paper in half, trace a large feather, and start cutting (creates 6 feathers).
- Write out people or things your thankful for on the feathers, place glue at the bottom of the feathers and glue behind the top of the face. Now you have your feathers.
- Create the beak by cutting out two triangles, folding them in half and gluing them to the brown construction paper where the beak would be.
- Draw a wattle on the red construction paper and glue it below the beak.
- Draw eyes on the brown construction paper and voila you’re done!
Here’s the finished product. You can’t really see the wattle but you get the idea.
Hope you have fun creating this with your little one.
I’ll leave you with a song that my children sing at school before every meal (and that we sometime sing before our meals, too!). It’s a great song to sing at Thanksgiving dinner with your family:
“We are thankful, we are thankful
For our food, for our food
Very, very thankful
Very, very thankful
For our food
For our food.”