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Group Project TurkeysThese four projects were all done in preschool or during our library story times:
1. Name TurkeyName turkey requires some precutting for young children. They can either write their names on the leaves (older preschool and K) or have their letters already written as it was done for three year olds. Then children can decorate the body and add feathers for their names.
2. Pinecone TurkeysPinecone turkey was my 3 year old’s favorite project. She enjoyed the idea of transforming a natural object into something very different even though her “process art” hardly resembled a turkey.
3. Handprint TurkeysAnother classic Thanksgiving craft that was done in preschool. That one is good for kids who love messy crafts, and it even included glittery turkey legs. I loved how preschool teachers mounted this handprint art to make it more striking.
4. A Craft Kit TurkeyThis foam craft kit turkey was done during library story time and required quite a bit help from me. Older kids, of course, would have more fun with it completing it independently.
A Paper Plate Thankful TurkeyI couldn’t resist making a turkey project at home. I chose a “thankful turkey” since I wanted to capture “grateful thoughts” of my 3 year old.
- Paper plate
- Washable paint
- Colored paper
Smarty busily painted the plate (eventually she mixed all colors into a muddy brown, just as I expected) while I cut out turkey feathers and a body out of paper. Then she dictated me the things she is thankful for, and I wrote them down on turkey feathers. I am not sure why “wiggling legs” and an “egg” made it to her list of things she is grateful for. Perhaps wiggling legs really meant “my body” and egg stood for “food”. Anyway, Smarty was very pleased with her turkey. We sent her to grandparents, and it still hangs in their garage.
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