Supplies Needed; Print out of turkey (see below), 2 wiggly eyes, a small construction paper triangle (for beak), and Fruit Loops
Directions; Allow children to glue fruit loops to turkey body. When dry, glue on 2 wiggly eyes and a construction paper beak.
Read: “Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers” by Lorna Balian and Lecia Balian
Instructions; For fun drop feathers every time Ol’ Tom loses his feathers and let the children pick them up when the game is done.
Supplies Needed; Scissors and crayons or markers.
Directions; Have children color and cut out "Tom Turkey" and his feathers. As you recite the poem (posted above). Ask the children to drop the feather as you recite the poem.
Materials needed: Paper plate, fake feathers, glue, construction paper brown, orange and red construction paper, scissors, and wiggly eyes.
Directions: cut one shape the size of an avocado, one shape the size of an egg, one size the shape of a small triangle for the beak. Put the large shape on the plate in the center-bottom vertical. Put the next size on top of this shape for the gobbler. Put the triangle at the top of the egg size shape for a beak. Put the wiggly eyes near the triangle. Or, let the children use these shapes any way they think is nice. Let the children glue on as many feathers as they think a turkey should have.
Supplies Needed; Toilet paper roll, Wiggly eyes, Scissors, Long feathers, Rubber Band, Glue, Square piece of brown construction paper (crumpled to soften the texture), Small scrap orange construction paper cut into a triangle, and a Hole punch
Directions; Evenly cut a 3" round off of the toilet paper roll, this will serve as the head and the larger remaining piece will serve as the body. Take your piece of brown 4"x4" square construction paper and use it to cover one end of the body piece affix it with a rubber band, this will be your turkey's chest. Glue the head piece to the edge of the body just above the chest (as shown in the images above). Using your hole punch, create as many holes as desired in the back of the body piece. Now cut a triangle from your orange construction paper, this will serve as your beak. Finally, glue on your beak and eyes.
Instructions; We glued the turkey to a paper plate, to prevent it from falling over. Allow children to place the feathers into the holes/
Supplies Needed; Clear Rubber Glove (be conscientious of latex allergies and use only non-powder coated), Fruit Loops, mini marshmallows, yellow construction paper, red construction paper, orange construction paper, two wiggly eyes, glue, scissors, and a rubber band.
Directions; Fill fingers of the glove with colored fruit loops. Fill the rest of the glove with mini marshmallows. Tie off the bottom of the glove with the rubber band, and cut off any excess glove. Cut out feet from the orange construction paper, a beak from the yellow construction paper, and a gobbler from the red construction paper (see below). Glue on eyes, gobbler, beak and feet. Allow to dry.
Supplies Needed; Turkey print out (see below), crayons or markers, and 20 fall colored candies. For our candies we used peanut butter m&m's, but you can easily substitute for candy corn, skittles, gummy bears, raisins or even grapes.
Instructions; Have children color turkey as desired. give them 20 candies and instruct them to place them in the circles (as shown below). For older children, you can ask them to create specific patterns or to add/subtract candies as a math integration activity.
Read: “Mixed Blessing; A Children’s Book About a Multi-Racial Family” by Marsha Cosman and Kyra Kendall
We have created two versions of this rhyme, to illustrate different types of families, Please feel free to edit the poem to suit your students needs.
Materials needed: construction paper, paint, scissors, glue, small picture of the child.
Directions: Have the children make a hand print on a piece of construction paper. Write the title at the top saying, "NAME’s Family” Cut out feathers. Have the children write the name of each person in their family on a feather and glue to the hand. Glue the child’s picture to the thumb (head of the hand turkey).
Read: “Grateful” A Song of Giving Thanks” by John Bucchino and Anna-Lisa Hakkarainen.
Materials needed: a jar, rick-rack, stickers etc., glue, scissors, Chocolate kisses.
Directions: Give each of the children a jar, glue and scissors and decorations. Let them decorate their thankful jar. Send instructions home about how to use the Thankful Jar.
Instrctions: Each day have your child name something they are thankful for, and place a chocolate kiss in the jar. Celebrate by eating the thankful kisses on Thanksgiving.
Spelling stones are a fun Thanksgiving craft and spelling activity rolled into one. Create a challenge by asking “How many words can we make with the word Thanksgiving?” and use your child’s natural competitiveness as fuel for learning. The stones are a great way to teach letters, and also show children how to interchange letters in a word to create other words.
Supplies; stones (dollar store, or foraged stones) , temper paint , a paint brush, paper, and pencil.
Directions; If you use foraged stones, you might need to paint them a solid color. Start by writing out thanksgiving on the stones. We used all uppercase letters so they would be easier to read. We used several layers of temper paint to turn our stones black. These paints are washable so the kids could help, and it was ok if it got on their clothes. Once our primary paint dried, we painted on the letters. We used different colors, and outlined them with a gold art pen.
Once dry, lay out the stones on a flat surface. Explain the challenge to the children. How many words can they make with the letters?