Turkey Day: Color Match Turkey

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“Hello, Mr Turkey how are you!” Madeline has been singing this song she learned in preschool all month and we have done our fair share of handprint turkeys (check out our IG to see her process oriented turkey, trust me, it’s hilariously adorable) , but I wanted to do something new that we haven’t done before for the blog! I saw a color match activity using popsicle sticks somewhere and it made me immediately think “turkey feathers!”. This needs some grown up prep work, but once it’s complete it could keep the kids table on Thursday entertained for a while!

Craft/Activity/Snack:  Color match turkey
Objective: have your child “Feather the turkey” by matching the feathers to the corresponding color name on the popsicle stick.
SkillsUtilized: color recognition, fine motor skills, language development
SuggestedReading: The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
Materials: various colors of paper (you could use felt to prolong the life of the activity as paper can get ripped/crinkled. I just used what we had!), glue, markers to match the colored paper, scissors, a “turkey body”, popsicle sticks

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Starting with any color, fold the paper in half as if you were creating a greeting card.

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Glue the paper as shown above, leaving a gap. Once dry, cut into a rounded “feather shape”.

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There should be a small pocket in the feather as shown below.

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Repeat this process with each colored paper.

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Label the popsicle sticks using the marker of the corresponding color.

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Attach the popsicle sticks to the back of the turkey body.

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Let your little one at it! This opened up a lot of conversation (and singing!) for us. We discussed the color names (the letters, letter sounds, etc.) and Madeline was very determined and focused to get those feathers on.

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Illustrated Avatar Amanda

Ways to Expand This Activity:

1. For older children, write the color names in black marker.

2. Write sight words on the feather and popsicles for a sight word match.

3. Sing one of our favorite Thanksgiving songs by Laurie Berkner!

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