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Gobble Gobble Jar of Thanks

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Submitted by: Audrey Meidl

A great way to give thanks and to share what young ones are thankful for.

Goals:

  • 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!
Step 1.
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.

Step 2.
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.

Step 3.
Glue on wiggly eyes and use leftover felt, foam or paper to create the waddle and beak.

Step 4.
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.

Step 5.
During circle time, have each child take turns sharing what they are thankful for.

Furthermore:
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.

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Jar Lanterns

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Submitted by: Amanda Lacey

This activity is a fun and creative way for children to explore light and colors.

Goals:

  • To learn about how light reflects off of different objects
  • To become familiar with different shapes

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: an empty jar (jam, peanut butter, mason jar, etc.), translucent color tiles, tacky glue, and a light source (battery-powered tea light or glow stick – no candles).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Dab a small amount of tacky glue to the back of a tile and attach it to the outside of the jar.

Step 2.
Repeat this process using tiles of different shapes, sizes, and colors, until all sides of the jar are covered.

Step 3.
Allow the glue to dry completely.

Step 4.
Place the light source in the jar and turn out all the lights in the room.

Step 5.
Observe how the light reflects around the room and ask the children to describe the changes to the light that they can now see.

Furthermore:
Glue non-translucent items between the color tiles, such as pennies, beads, buttons, or pom poms. Turn out all the lights again and ask the children to describe how these new items have changed the way the light in their jar looks.

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