Thanksgiving Fun with Kids :: Crafts, Books and Songs

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Turkey Handprint Art

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Supplies:

  • Brown, green, orange, red, and yellow paint
  • Black, red and orange markers
  • White construction paper
  • Baby wipes

Directions:

  1. First take your child’s hand and paint the palm and the thumb with the brown paint.
  2. Now paint the others fingers: 1 orange, 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 green.  It doesn’t matter which of these fingers is which color. They are all feathers and don’t have a particular order.
  3. Press your child’s hand on the white construction paper making a Turkey!
  4. Once the paint is dry, use your markers draw on an orange beak, black eye, red snood (yes, I had to google what this was called!) and orange feet.
  5. Write “Gobble, Gobble” on the top, and you can send this out to family as a “Happy Thanksgiving” card.
  6. If you have multiple kids and some time on your hands, you could make a bunch of handprint Turkeys and string them all together for a Thanksgiving banner decoration.

Turkey Footprint Art

fullsizerender-41Supplies:

  • Brown paint
  • White, orange and red construction paper
  • Colored feathers
  • Black Marker

Directions:

  1. Paint the bottom of your child’s foot with brown paint. 
  2. Press their foot on to the white construction paper (upside down leaving room for feathers!)
  3. Once dry, glue on a beak and snood cut out from the red and orange construction paper.
  4. Draw on the eyes.
  5. Glue colorful feathers around the Turkey.

Turkey Headbands

turkeyheadbandSupplies:

  • Brown, orange, red, yellow construction paper (You can really use whatever colors you want for the feathers. Make it fun for the kids and let them pick out the colors they want!)
  • Stapler and glue
  • Markers – all colors

Directions:

  1.  Cut a long rectangle shaped strip of brown paper.  I used an extra-large construction paper sheet, but you could just staple 2 regular sized ones together to make it fit around your child’s head.
  2.  Cut out leaf-shaped feathers from the brown, orange, red and yellow construction papers.  * With these feathers, I think it’s fun to ask the kids what they are thankful for and either you or your child (if older) can write one thing they are thankful for on each of the feathers to show off on Thanksgiving.
  3.  Glue the feathers on either end of the brown strip of paper.  Make sure not to glue the feathers on the very ends of the paper since you will be overlapping some of it when stapling it together after sizing your child’s headband.
  4.  I made a “Happy Thanksgiving” label to glue onto the front of the headband but you could write it in yourself or write “Gobble, Gobble”, whatever you want.
  5.  After all the glue has dried, measure the headband around your child’s head and staple the brown strip together!  

Fun Songs:

Albuquerque My Turkey

(To the tune of “Oh My Darlin’”)

Albuquerque is my turkey.

He is feathered and he’s fine.

And he wobbles and he gobbles.

And he’s absolutely mine.

He’s the best bet, you can get yet.

Better than a dog or cat.

Albuquerque is my turkey.

And I’m awfully glad of that.

Albuquerque is my turkey.

He’s so cozy in his bed.

Because for Thanksgiving dinner.

We had scrambled eggs instead!

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

(To the tune of “Are you Sleeping”)

It’s Thanksgiving, It’s Thanksgiving.

Time to eat, Time to eat!

I like [mashed potatoes]; I like [mashed potatoes].

What a treat, what a treat!

Continue with the following:  yummy turkey, apple pie, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberries, pumpkin pie, lots of stuffing.

*Add/eliminate whatever your family has at Thanksgiving.

*You can also print out images of all the food items and have your child pick which is next to sing about.  Then glue them all onto a paper plate to make another fun Thanksgiving dinner project!

Books:

“The Thankful Book” by Todd Parr

“Turkey Trouble” by Wendy Silvano

“The Night Before Thanksgiving” by Natasha Wing

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Ashley
Ashley and her husband, Steve, were born and raised in San Carlos and are now raising their 8-month old son, Crosby there as well! After attending Sonoma State University, graduating with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Special Education, Ashley started working full time as an Assistant Director and Preschool Teacher at Kindercourt School. Working is even more fun now that she gets to bring Crosby along, since he is in the Infant/Toddler program at Kindercourt. When not teaching Ashley loves weekend getaways, exploring new things to do on weekend with her family and nights out with her husband and girlfriends!

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