Tuesday, November 20, 2012

5 Thanksgiving Crafts and Projects for Preschoolers and Toddlers

I wanted to share some ideas for Thanksgiving crafts and projects that you can do with your kids over the next few days. All of these are great for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and young children.

Coffee Filter Turkey - All you need is a coffee filter, some construction paper, markers, a water spray bottle and googly eyes (optional).

* Have child color coffee filter with markers, any design (or lack thereof) is fine.
* Place colored coffee filter on a piece of wax paper, spray with water and allow to dry.
* Glue dried colorful filter to a piece of construction paper.
* Glue on top of that the turkey body (adult could cut this out), then glue on eyes, beak & waddle.
* Draw on legs (& arms too, if your child insists like mine did)

Here is a great deal on 300 pieces of Construction Paper on Amazon to use for all these projects:  SunWorks Construction Paper Smart-Stack Asst, 9 inches x12 inches, 11 Colors, 300 Sheets (6525)

Thanksgiving Day Corn (and Snack!!!) - Supplies needed for this one include construction paper, glue and popped corn (make extra to have a snack when you finish.

* Glue corn husk & corn cob (both pre-cut by an adult) on to a piece of construction paper.
* Pop corn
* Glue on popped corn and allow to dry.

Dot Marker Art -  Click on this title to bring you to the page where I printed off the Dot Marker Art. You can find bingo daubers at some dollar stores or they sell a kit of them on Amazon: Do-A-Dot Rainbow Art Set (Set of 6) This website has many different pages to print for a variety of themes, holidays & occasions. You can print them off in B&W or Color for most of them. I often print them off in B&W so that the kids can color them after they fill in the dots.

Handprint Turkey
(Paint) - You could do this project with just some washable paint and a piece of construction paper (I used half a piece for his small hand), but we also used a googly eye and a construction paper beak (my son wanted to work on his cutting skills and cutting out triangles for beaks for these projects was perfect)

He loved helping paint his own hand and press it in to the paper. Then I asked him to paint on two legs and a waddle.

If you are needing to buy washable paint, you can get 6 bottle for just over $6 at Amazon: Crayola Washable Kid's Paint (6 Assorted Colors) 2 oz Each 

Handprint Turkey (Dried Beans, Rice and Legumes) - The supplies need for this is a piece of construction paper, glue & an assortment of dried beans, rice and legumes (preferably in different colors.)

*First trace the child's hand on a piece of paper and have them draw on some legs.
*Fill in hand with an assortment of dried beans, rice & legumes.
*Don't forget to make some "bean" feet and a waddle.

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