As I only get time to work on this site when my kids are napping or sleeping, I have to apologize for my lack of presence here. I would like to be posting a little more regularly, but winter brings sickies and my son has concocted some weird ailment making my free time almost nonexistent!
With that said, I had grand visions of creating something really cool for a Thanksgiving display here, but I think I am going to stick to my motto as of late, “Keep it simple!” It seems to work better for me and my simple projects always seem to have more of an impact on my kiddos than my complicated ones! Last year we created Thanksgiving Turkeys and wrote on all the feather’s something we were grateful for. Then we taped the turkey to the wall above our kitchen table. It is super easy project to do and a great conversation starter. I let them do all the gluing and they had a blast. I had to stop them from putting on too many feathers because they were so excited to be able to be in charge of the glue! We will be doing this again tonight for our family night and I will update the pictures here later. So until then, here is a not so good picture from last year and the instructions below. Make sure you share you pics on the Fun On A Dime Facebook Page and any other projects you have done that have been inspired from this site. I would love to see them!
UPDATE: I did end up taking step by step pics and share them with additional tips for older kiddos. You can check out how to make a Thankful Turkey craft here.
What You Need:
- Empty toilet paper roll
- Colorful Paper
- Glue or Tape
Step 1: Cut the feathers out before gathering your children and starting the project. Once you get a pattern down, you can fold a piece of paper (fan style) and cut multiple feathers at once. We did about 10 feather per turkey.
Step 2: Talk about what you are thankful for and write something on each feather that your child(ren) say. I tried to keep the feathers separate for each child to put on their own turkey.
Step 3: Measure the empty toilet paper roll on a sheet of paper (your choice of color). You want to measure the height of the cardboard roll. Then put glue all over the paper in a zig-zag fashion making sure to get the edges well covered with glue (but not too much). Let your kids color a face or glue other pieces of colored paper on to create a face. Last year my kids were so young (barely 2 and 3), I let them color the sheet of paper first and then we glued it on.
Step 4: Start gluing your feathers on the back of the turkey. You will have to add a dab of glue to the feather in front and/or behind each feather to make sure they do not get too top heavy and slide down or fall off.
Step 5: Once dry, place in a prominent place in your home so you can keep up your “Thankful Talk” all month long.