A great way to give thanks and to share what young ones are thankful for.
- To reinforce social/emotional development
- To encourage creativity
Before You Start:
Have on hand craft foam, felt or construction paper in brown, red, yellow and orange. You will also need a papier-mâché flower pot or glass jar, scissors, tacky glue and wiggly eyes. You will also need sentence strips (or strips of cut-up lined paper) and pencils.
Let’s Get Started!
Using felt, foam or paper, cut out two ovals of the same size. Glue the two ovals to the outside of the flower pot or jar. This will be the turkey head. Allow the young ones to be creative with this; there is no “right” or “wrong” way.
Using felt, foam or paper in fall colors such as red, yellow, orange, etc., cut out more oval shapes (one of each color) and glue them to the opposite end of the flower pot or jar, on the outside.
Glue on wiggly eyes and use leftover felt, foam or paper to create the waddle and beak.
After the children are finished creating their turkey pots, have them write down things they are thankful for on the strips of paper and place them into the pot.
During circle time, have each child take turns sharing what they are thankful for.
Tip: you can also use craft feathers instead of felt or foam for added texture. Also, add more details such as feet, or, you might want to paint the pot or jar to give it more color.
Products You May Need:
- Decorate your Own Papier-Mache Flower Pots – Set of 12
- Foam Sheets, 9″ x 12″ – 30 Sheets
- Colored Felt, 9″ x 12″ – 50 Sheets
- 9″ x 12″ Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper
- Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® – 4oz.
- Black Regular Wiggly Eyes – Pack of 100
- Natural Feathers Classroom Pack
- Colorations® Comfort Grip Blunt Tip Scissors
- Rainbow Assorted Sentence Strips – 100 Strips
- Colorations® Best Value Plastic Handle Paint Brushes – Set of 30
- BioColor® Paint, 16 oz.
- Colorations® #2 Pencils