With Santa's village already up at the mall (yes, really), it seemed like a good time to reflect on all of the things we already have for which we are thankful. Soph is a bit young for this to be super meaningful for her, but she's enjoying the craft and it makes me feel all warm and gooey inside to focus on my blessings. I decided a thankfulness turkey would be fun and simple, plus it uses all things I already own (bonus!)
I cut out the parts during naptime, it took me about 15 minutes. It's all construction paper, save the feathers which are card stock.
Soph helped me glue him together, which turned out to be kind of a mistake, as she thinks glue is just as much fun as chapstick, that is, great for digging fingers into, not so great for applying on paper surfaces as directed.
I pre-filled-out a bunch of feathers using black crayon: one for each family member plus a few other things I could think of off the top of my head: house, peanut butter, tu-tus, etc. I've been keeping the feathers tucked away with our box of paints, and whenever we need a distraction we pull out a few to decorate. Water colors are perfect because they let the crayon show through.
We'll keep layering on feathers throughout the month until our turkey is covered with all of the things for which we are thankful.
If you try this craft, (and I hope you do!) don't make the same mistake I did and write on all of the feathers in the same direction. Note that the names on the left are upside-down. Doh!
I like to think that our turkey is especially thankful to live in a house full of vegetarians. Happy November!