You’ve probably noticed the lull over here and we are both so sorry! October and November were so busy in our ‘real’ lives. First, Amanda’s family of three took a super happy vacation and that was immediately followed by my family roadtripping to New England to leaf peep and celebrate with the witches. We spent some time together (not nearly enough) and shared some of our escapades on Instagram! Maddy turned three and was surrounded by her family; and then we had Jasper’s third birthday party . Yes – we are childhood best friends who coincidentally had our first children only 3 weeks apart! We’re now just getting back to our normal routines… and just in time for the holidays!
We’re kicking off our Turkey Day theme with these adorable turkeys. While we’ve made them as part of our introduction to Thanksgiving, they would be great crafts for a kids table at your family dinner.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Name Practice Turkey – Thanksgiving Craft for Preschoolers
Objective: Create a seasonably appropriate turkey with lettered feathers for your child’s name
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, letter recognition, name recognition, introductory spelling
Suggested Reading: Five Little Turkeys by William Boniface
Materials: Construction paper – 1 sheet for background and scraps cut into feathers and beaks, crepe paper for turkey body (can also use construction paper but our 500 pack doesn’t have brown?!), glue, marker, and googly eyes
Step 1: Write the letters of your child’s name on to the feathers (one letter per feather)
Step 2: Draw a circle (not necessary, but it’s a good guide for you to use) and space the letters of your child’s name around the perimeter. Draw stick legs as well. ALTERNATIVE: Use uppercase letters on the feathers and lower case letters on the page to encourage more advanced matching.
Step 3: Ask your child to sort through the feathers and glue them onto the corresponding letter.
Step 4: Have your child glue the body over the circle
Step 5: Attach the beak and eyes – all done!
Jasper could not wait to show his turkey to his papa and is so proud of it. We may have done a whole “My Name Is…” theme but there’s no such thing as too much practice!