Contact_FullName: Mary Ellen
Area: Thanksgiving Art/Science
Pinecone Turkey Centerpieces--Collect a large pinecone for each child. Cut the profile of a turkey head and neck complete with waddle out of construction paper. With pinecone laying on its side wedge the head and neck into the small end of the cone making the pinecone the body of the turkey. Trace the child's hand on to a piece of construction paper, fold paper in half and cut out two 'handprints'. Have child dictate what they are thankful for and write onto palm of one hand. Wedge the hands (with the dictation showing in the back) into the large end of the pinecone to be the tail. I do not glue the hands and heads on as they are easier to take apart and store for the next year. My own children have done this every year since preschool (they are now pre-teens). We now have a 'Turkey Farm' centerpiece with lots of memories.
Area: Thanksgiving Art
This year for Thanksgiving our children are making turkeys with red, white and blue feathers. With the words, We are thankful to be American. The bodies of the turkeys are made from multicultural construction paper to represent the colors of America. They are coming out beautifully!
Area: thanksgiving Arts and Crafts
Cornucopia Place Cards
Oaktag - cut into placecard size
1. Fold place card so that it is free-standing.
2. Glue Bugle onto the middle of the card.
3. Arrange Runts (orange, lemon, lime etc.) around the opening of the Bugle.
4. Glue into place.
5. Write name either on top or below the "cornucopia".
Both my special needs children and typically developing children LOVE this activity. Have fun!!
Our preschool class did a great group project this year for Thanksgiving. Take 2 large sheets of poster board and draw a large turkey on it cut it out. Color the beak, wattles and feet. Take all your fall colors of tempera paint and have each child print their handprint all over the turkey (this becomes the feathers). We have some very small children in our program so it was much easier for the instructor to paint each child's hand one at a time. It made a great classroom picture. For easy clean up add a few drops of liquid soap into the paint.
Thanksgiving Turkey Handprints
Paint the palm of the child's hand brown include the thumb. Then paint the child's fingers a different color (one red, one orange, etc.) Use fall colors. Make a print on construction paper. This can be repeated as many times as the child wants. When the paint is dry color in a waddle and eyes and beak. This gives you an adorable side view of a turkey and children and parents love it because it uses the child's hand.
Area: Thanksgiving- Art
A Tie Turkey. Ask the parents/guardians to send in old neck ties for an art project. On a transparency, blow up a picture of a turkey. Leaving out the feathers trace the image onto large paper. Have the children color the turkey. Each child can then decorate a tie (using all kinds of collage materials) and these become the feathers on the turkey. It makes a great bulletin board display!
Area: Thanksgiving Art
Give your children various sheets of construction paper to take home. Instruct the family to trace and cut out handprints of all the family members, including the child. When you receive the hand cut outs back at school, assemble them on a paper to look like feathers. On top of the feathers attach a pre-cut turkey head and body. When complete, label the picture the child's family turkey.
Contact_FullName: Jean Esposito
Area: Thanksgiving Art
Here is an idea for a turkey magnet. Make a turkey shape out of brown poster board. Make the back of the turkey circular. Glue different colored feathers onto the turkey's back. Glue a wiggly eye on for the turkey's eye. Glue two popsicle sticks and attach piece of magnet tape onto the back of the turkey. If you have a magnetic bulletin board or cabinet door, stick all the turkeys on it. They look cute grouped together. They also look great on mom's refrigerator.
Area: Thanksgiving Art
Cut a turkey body out of brown construction paper and then glue this onto a large white paper. Put brown, yellow, red and orange paint onto paper plates. Have the children dip their hands into the paint and paint hand print turkey feathers for the tail. The more they layer their handprints the prettier to turkey.
Native American/ Thanksgiving Theme To support our discussion about Native Americans, my kindergarten classes made dream catchers out of paper plates. We discussed how the dream catchers let the good dreams through and would catch the bad dream. For the preparation, I had a parent volunteer help cut out the center of the paper plates and punch holes all around the inside perimeter. Then the children painted both sides of the plate. After the paint was dry, the children practiced weaving the yarn in and out of the holes until it created a web. The children related this to making a spider web. Afterwards, we punched three holes at the bottom of the plate. Here we placed a piece of yarn through each hole and taped the ends together with masking tape. Using the taped end, the children thread small beads onto the yarn and then slide a feather underneath the beads. This created a tight fit so the beads would not fall off. To hang them up, we punched a hole at the top and created a loop with yarn. The children really enjoyed this activity and couldn't wait to share them with their family!
Thanksgiving Turkeys -- To make a simple Thanksgiving Turkey, cut a simple outline of a turkey from brown construction paper. A profile of a turkey works best. Draw an eye on the turkey and the waddle. Then, with small scraps of colored tissue paper, make the feathers for the turkey. Take a square of tissue paper in your hand and insert the eraser from a pencil into the middle of the square. Twist the tissue paper around the eraser and dip into glue. Then glue the tissue paper onto the turkey cutout. Easy, and my three-year-old class loved doing it!
For Thanksgiving we decided to make a Thanksgiving tree. We made the trunk and limbs from brown paper bags, and stapled them to the bulletin board. After the kids had thought of some things they were thankful for, we cut them out of magazines and glued them to our tree. I liked it so much we had it up for about 6 months!
Here is Washington we have a company called Kom-pan that makes outdoor big toys with pine logs. They drill a hole through the center of the logs. Anyway, they have 2-3 inch thick slice leftovers which they gave me free. I wrapped various colors of raffia around them. The kids would choose the color they wanted. Next they glued various colored die cut construction paper leaves on the rough bottom. On the tops they glued things I'd gathered outside like wheat heads, acorns, tiny pinecones, another tiny I think fir cone, Indian corn kernels, whatever. In the center hole we placed small glass votive candle holders I was able to get at the fabric section at Wal-Mart for 44 Cents each. I though about varying this by letting them paint the wood piece first one day or maybe let them paint coffee filter die cut leaves with water colors and then use those to glue on also. They were free to choose what and how they glued it on and it was a nice thanksgiving gift.
Thanksgiving placemats for ages 3-5
We cut out plates and Thanksgiving food from magazines and newspaper advertisements and glued them on the plates. (pumpkin pie, turkey, dressing, and even our drinks) etc. We glued these items onto a piece of regular sized construction paper the way that a place setting would be made. Then the child would write his/her name on the front or back. I took them and had them laminated and we used them for our Thanksgiving dinner and then they took them home.
I am going to have the children in our class make Turkey center pieces out of brown paper bags. First the will stuff the bag with paper then take a rubber band and divide a small section of the bag off for the head. Feathers (either real or construction paper) will be glued on the back and red felt will be used for the waddle. Children can color eyes with marker or crayons. The perfect center piece for the parents table.
For Thanksgiving, we purchased a bag of colorful ties from the local thrift shop. These ties were from the 50's, 60's and 70's and some were quite psychedelic! We used them for the tail-feathers for the turkey. We then used Styrofoam and cut out the turkeys front and then painted it. Our them was " Remember your family-ties at Thanksgiving". Our school board loved the board so much that they now put it up at their office each year. WE also added paper leaves and pumpkins and stacks of hay in the back ground. It all looks 3-D.
Pine Cone Turkeys with colored feathers! I used pine cones I collected from my yard. I had seen this craft done with pipe cleaners and wanted to do feathers. When I got to JoAnn's I found colorful feathers, pink, green, red, yellow, orange and so on. So I used them. Then I took orange pipe cleaners and made like duck feet (who will know). Then I used the red pipe cleaner to make the turkeys head, then turned it so is going flat and made the gobbler part! Just too cute - easy and fast!
Native American costumes: We made the usual vests from paper bags but this time we painted with sticks, evergreen bushes, dried flowers, and such. We went for a walk outside to collect our paint "brushes".
Thanksgiving Quilt. This is a wonderful project to promote sharing and cooperative learning. Cut a piece of fadeless paper to fit snuggly on your art table. Have material and wallpaper samples cut into squares and rectangles. Have the children glue the pieces together to form a Thanksgiving Quilt for display outside of the classroom. Every so often draw a square with a marker and have the child write their name and what they are thankful for this holiday season. You can also join your quilt with quilts made in other classes to form one giant community quilt from your school. When the children fit all of these shapes together and see the end result, they are very proud of their accomplishments!! The parents particularly like their thankful squares. Have fun!
Have the children collect leaves and berries. Then they put them on contact paper, sprinkle it with glitter and then another sheet of contact paper on top. They make great Fall placemats.
Make a variety of circles on orange construction paper, let the children cut them out. I then let them "paint" glue on it and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice. If you cannot find pumpkin pie spice, you can pre-mix nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. This smells wonderful and parents will adore them.
I did this with my Mommy and Me class I teach. I got a bunch of pie tins donated from a local bakery. I then had the children dip their hand in glue and did a "hand-print" turkey in the pie tin. Next the children sprinkled the spices on their hand-print turkey made out of glue. They turned out awesome!!! Thanks, Jen for the GREAT idea :)
Take the students on a leaf hunt. Bring lots of leaves back to the classroom. Have a picture of a turkey for each child or one big one for the class. Let the students glue leaves on for the tail
Have an outline of a turkey pre-traced on white construction paper. Next have the children use markers to add ground and sky. They can also color in the turkey's feet and an eye so he can see. Then use feather dusters dipped in yellow and brown paint to create a feathered look on the turkey. The feather dusters are great to use with little hands and they are very inexpensive. I usually ask my parents to donate a couple at the beginning of each year.
Placemats for Preschool Thanksgiving Feast. Have various Thanksgiving colored 8 1/2 x 11 construction paper. Using different colored paints ( red, green, yellow, brown, and orange) Dip a marble into the paint then roll the marble onto the paper inside a box to keep the marble from escaping. These make some beautiful, colorful, and unique placemats for the parents to eat on.
My four year old class made Placemats last year, they turned out so cute. I asked parents to send in a plain white, off white, (or even light yellow would work) placemat. (Dollar General $1 ea.) Then the children used their hands to print turkeys, also, I had a leaf stamp and Thanksgiving stickers, and silk, fall leaves. After they dried, I covered the placemats with contact paper. The children used them for our Thanksgiving Luncheon, the parents thought they were wonderful!
Name place-cards: Cut white or colored poster board into sizes approx. 3 x 2. Have the children write (or write for them) the name of each family member onto a card. When finished with each place card name have the children glue a BUGGEL brand chip (the kind that look like triangles) at an angle with the pointed end towards the side-top and the opened end at the middle bottom. Then glue approx. 3-4 RUNTS fruit shaped candies around the bottom of the opened Buggel chip. The shapes come in grapes, apples, banana and oranges. They look really cute, were simple and fast plus the children will have added something to the Thanksgiving table.
For a terrific Thanksgiving display, create a large turkey outline in center of bulletin board. For the "feathers", use different shoes dipped in paint making prints upwards from the turkey. Use bold colors-reds, purples, oranges. Finish the bulletin board by adding the gobbler, beak & face to your turkey. Add a pilgrim hat on top. Bulletin board reads: We're in Step for Thanksgiving! This is adorable!
For Thanksgiving, we made turkeys from small paper plates. We painted one plate brown. Then we staples half of another paper plate behind and toward the top of the painted plate. The children added small, crushed pieces of various colored tissue paper on the tail portion to give color. We then let them make their own head, waddle, feet with small scraps of construction paper. They then named their turkeys and we put them on our Turkey Farm. They were adorable.
Thanksgiving Table Cloth:
As many schools and classrooms prepare for their annual Thanksgiving Feast, add excitement to the big day by having the children decorate their very own tablecloth. Purchase a plain white paper tablecloth and the children can be creative using fall/Thanksgiving colors. As an idea, you can make turkey hands or just let the children have fun by inventing their own Thanksgiving creations!
Water down some tempera paint or use liquid water colors. Sharpen the end of a large feather and dip it in the paint to write as the Pilgrims did, with a turkey feather!
Thankful Turkey Have children paint small paper plate brown-cut out face and waddle of the turkey and the children can glue these on. Add feet and wiggle eyes. Give each child 4 colored feathers to cut out. After they have cut these out ask the child to tell you something she is thankful for and write them on the feathers. On the body of the turkey write I am thankful for....(It's fun to hear their answers)!
For Thanksgiving use Pinecones and construction paper in all colors to make feathers. Use some brown paper to make feet for your turkey. You will lay the pinecone on its side and glue the feet to the bottom. ( It will remain on its side) Have the children cut or you can precut feathers out of the construction paper. Glue the feathers to the pedals of the pinecones and make a beak. You now have a turkey.
Start looking right now at your dollar stores, Walmarts, Michaels, Pic-n-Saves, etc. for Thanksgiving cookie cutters. Have the children dip them into fall colored paint and press them onto paper to create wonderful prints! You can also do this on butcher paper to create a neat background for a Thanksgiving bulletin board.
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Take thoroughly cleaned and dried corn cobs and dip them into different fall colored paints. Let the children roll the corn cobs over white paper to make a very special print.
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After explaining to your children how native Americans used roots, berries and vegetable liquids to dye their cloths, have the children experience the same thing. Boil up some beets, some blueberries, some broccoli, other dark green vegetables, and save the liquid that they boiled in. Make sure the liquid has cooled and then let the children use this colored liquid to paint on pieces of white cotton material. Explain to them that this is how colors were added to costumes.
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Stained glass turkeys
You will need brown paint, a paper plate, 3 large sheets of brown construction paper, orange construction paper, red construction paper and various colors of tissue paper and glue.
To make the turkey you will need to cut five large feathers out of brown construction paper, then approximately 1 inch in from edge of feather, cut the center out. cut feather shapes out of tissue paper, glue to one side of feather. Paint the paper plate brown. Cut turkey head out and attach to paper plate. cut beak, and feet from the orange paper. red is for around the beak. These turkeys look very nice attached to a glass door so the sun can shine through.
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Use multi-colored feathers or feather shapes with toothpicks or craft stick attached to them. Make a turkey head and attach a stick. Insert the feathers and head into a large potato. Makes a cute centerpiece.
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Multi-colored Turkey hand
Paint the child's palm brown and then paint each finger using one color for each finger: red, green, yellow, and orange. Have child press hand on piece of paper. After the paint dries you can add the eye, beak, and that little red dangly thing under the beak.
Another version to Ricks is to paint the palm and thumb brown. Then across the fingers with red yellow and green. Instead of each finger a different. color- all fingers are three colors. I wish I could show you one, they are really cute!(teacher of toddlers)
Name: Linda E-Mail: LLJRSKI@aol.com
"Spice Turkeys"--trace child's hand. Let them "paint" glue on palm and fingers w/brush. Let them sprinkle on different Thanksgiving spices on fingers--nutmeg, salt, pepper, cinnamon, allspice, or the like. Let them smell the scents of a Thanksgiving dinner! (Good for teaching the 5 senses, too.)
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With all the great painting ideas we use at this time of year. Always put a squirt of dish detergent in the paint. It helps with the clean up. The brushes, sponges and children's hands clean up with ease. They do not need any extra soap.
Name: Dawn E-Mail: dawnklass@Hotmail.com
Native American Vests
Have children choose a Native American name to use in the classroom during the course of study relating to Native Americans (ie Dancing Raccoon, Little Bear, Pretty Flower). Using markers and t-shirt paint, have children illustrate their name on burlap vests. Native American symbols can also be used to decorate the vests. Burlap that is purchased by the yard works great. Simply cut the doubled burlap into 12" pieces and make an opening for the child's head.
Cut out a turkey body from brown construction paper or tag board. Then let the students use fabric, wall paper samples, construction paper, glitter, sequins, and other craft items to dress their turkey for Thanksgiving. After their turkey is dressed, they can dictate a story about how Mr. Turkey convinced the family not to eat him for Thanksgiving dinner.
Send home a pattern of a turkey with your kiddo's. Invite the child's family to decorate the turkey with glitter, macaroni, feathers, paint, sequins, etc. When you get them back display them with pride! Give an award to each family such as Most Colorful, Silliest Turkey, Yummiest Turkey, etc.
Name: Lorri E-Mail: LB31264@aol.com
Take an uncooked potato and have children insert featers on one side being careful to choose the feathers with the firmest "stem". Glue on wiggle eyes. Use red felt for a "gobble'. Fold yellow or orange diamond shape cutout to make beak.. Insert 4 toothpicks in bottom half to make him stand. CUTE CUTE CUTE! Parents and kids love them. Experiment with materials.
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"In step with Thanksgiving!" For wall mural or individual purposes: Draw outline of Turkey, side view. Take old, used shoes, have paper plates of tempra ready for dipping. After the kids have colored in their Turkeys, have them take the shoes, dip in paint, and press paint for Turkey feathers. This is adorable as a bullitan board or can be laminated and made into placemats for Thanksgiving.
Name: Jill E-mail: JKF0708@aol.com
We love painting at the easel..so for Thanksgiving, we make turkeys. The children make a big brown "peanut" shapes and peach bird legs. Then we put on BIG google eyes and peach fun foam for the beak. I cut them out and for the feathers, I use that wide paper ribbon in big loops (six) stapled out of the back. I use brick red, natural, and cream. That twisty ribbon is great, but it takes forever to untwist. The turkeys turn out really cute.
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Cut feather shapes from sponges. Be sure to vary the size and include the small stem on the end. Use these to sponge paint with fall colors on large sheets of paper. The children enjoy filling up whole pages with bright feathery colors!
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Multi-colored Turkey hand
Paint the child's palm brown and then paint each finger using one color for each finger: red, green, yellow, and orange. Have child press hand on peice of paper. After the paint dries you can add the eye, beak, and that little red dangly thing under the beak.
Keepsake version: Instead of using paper and tempra paint use fabric paint and have kids press on a piece of cloth that you trimmed the edges with zig-zig scissors. Write "Thanksgiving 1997" on the bottom to make a craft that is colorful and keepable!!!
Paper Bag Turkeys
Give each child a brown paper grocery bag (any size) and several sheets of newspaper. Have the children crumple the sheets of newspaper and stuff them into their bags until the bags are half full. Twist the bags closed and tie them around the middle with pieces of yarn. To make tails for their paper bag turkeys, have the children make several cuts from the top edges of their bags down to the yarn ties. Let the children let the children paint their turkey tails. Then give each child a precut turkey head shape to decorate. Attach the head shapes to the front of the bags to complete the turkeys.
Cut turkey shapes out of construction paper. Give each child a turkey shape and scraps of colorful construction paper or fabric. Have them glue the pieces of construction paper or fabric on their turkey shapes to make colored feathers. Let them use crayons or markers to finish the turkey's features.
Here is a new twist to an old activity. Get a big piece of butcher paper and let the children trace each other's hands. Show the children how their hands look like turkeys. Let them decorate their hand turkeys any way they want. You can even let them glue real feathers to their finger "feathers". Display your mural with pride!