Thanksgiving will be here in just a short time! The days are getting chilly and darkness arrives too early which means the grandkids are inside more. Instead of watching TV, movies, or playing video and computer games, give them craft supplies to make Thanksgiving decorations and favors such as turkey handprint crafts to give to those who join your family on Thanksgiving Day.
One of our daughters is a preschool teacher (and mother of Kaitlin, Emily, and Luke.) Poppy and I visited our daughter’s pre-school class when we picked the girls up to go see Puss in Boots in 3D yesterday (NJ public schools were closed). On display she had two different turkey crafts and also a turkey favor her students had made, which could all be made with young children’s handprints. Handprint crafts made fun gifts for parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles too!
Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint Crafts
This turkey handprint craft is made with foam board and orange and black foam pieces cut from larger pieces to create a frame around the child’s handprint turkey decoration. First, dip the child’s hands in orange paint and place one at a time on the foam board for the feathers, overlapping the palms a little. Cut out the body, wings, and head from brown paper while waiting for the “feathers” to dry. Also, cut out a yellow triangle and a red oval for the red mettle that hangs from the turkey’s neck. Let your child glue the pieces on with a little guidance, if needed. Add a couple of eyes with a black marker or use squiggly eyes. Attach a string to the back of the board and hang for all to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day. Another idea for this handprint turkey craft is to do the same using construction paper instead of foam pieces and board. Personalize each placemat with a family memeber’s or guest’s name. Then laminate for Thanksgiving Day placemats.
Our daughter’s preschool class is also learning about triangles this month. In celebration of Thanksgiving, they made a turkey with a triangle body. Emily, while waiting for us to arrive, decided she wanted to make wings using her handprints. She is a very creative (and cute) kindergartener. This turkey was given many colorful feathers, legs, and hair too!
This last turkey craft isn’t shown with handprints for the tail, but handprints can be used in place of the colorful feathers that were glued to the back of the small brown pail. A cute head with squiggly eyes, a yellow triangle beak, and a red mettle complete this Thanksgiving turkey craft that can be used as a favor for each of the Thanksgiving table place settings. Let the child fill each pail with treats such as Thanksgiving themed cookies (you can make together) wrapped in favor bags found at party and craft stores.