November 25, 2013

Pilgrim Hat Activity

This was a simple and fun way to review shapes this Thanksgiving season.
It was so simple to make and LB(4) loved it! 
Check it out!

  • Black & Yellow pieces of craft foam
  • White construction paper
  • Scissors & Glue

Prep Work:
  • Using the black craft foam, cut out a pilgrim hat shape (a brim, and a slightly pointy hat, but flat on top)
  • Using the white paper, cut out a strip. This will be the ribbon on the hat.

  • Then glue the white strip onto the black hat.
  • Using the yellow craft foam, cut out several different shapes. I cut out the 7 shapes you see below:

  • Then bend each shape in half and cut the middles out. Now they are buckles!

How to Play!
  • Lay out all the shapes and the hat. Name a shape and have your child place that shape on the middle of the hat as the buckle. :)
  • You could also hide the shapes around the house and have your child search for them, name them, then put them on.
  • LB(4) and I also played a guessing game. One of us would turn around while the other placed a buckle on the hat. Then we would try to guess what shape the buckle was. When we got it right, we switched. :)

Many fun ways to play!

November 21, 2013

Turkey Painting

LB(4) loves when we get the paints out.
So to go along with our Thanksgiving theme, we created this Turkey Painting!

  • White paper
  • Paints (Fingerpaint, Tempera paint, or Poster paint)
  • Cup 
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors & Glue
  • Marker

How to Make it:
  • Squirt some paint out onto a few plates
    • I decided to use red, yellow and green--kind of fall colors. But you can use any color!
  • Hand your child the cup and have them dip it into the paint and stamp it onto the white paper:

  • While it dries, cut out a small turkey body, beak, legs, etc.

  • When the painting is dry, cut the paper so it's round on top and slightly on the sides. This is now the turkey feathers!
  • Glue it onto a piece of construction paper, and glue the turkey on top.
  • With a black marker draw dots for eyes and write "Happy Thanksgiving" on the bottom.


November 19, 2013

Turkey Puppet

Here is an easy and interactive craft you can make with your kids this Thanksgiving!
LB(4) made this one and we've had fun using the puppet to make hilarious gobble noises. :)

  • Brown paper lunch bag
  • construction paper in various colors
  • scissors
  • glue

Make it!
  • First have your child choose what color feathers they want on their turkey. LB(4) chose blue, green and white. Then cut out feather shapes. (LM(6) wanted to cut these out, so we got all shapes and sizes, which made it pretty fun!) 

  • Cut out 2 white circles for eyes and color in circles. Glue them on.
  • Cut out an orange beak and a red gobble thingy. Glue them on.
  • Glue the feathers to the back so they stick up and out around the turkey.
All done!

In the end I thought our turkey sort of resembled Perry the Platypus from Phineas & Ferb. Haha.

Something about that wide beak and beady little eyes.........
Gobble Gobble! Hey, where's Perry? 


November 14, 2013

Counting Turkey Feathers

It's Turkey season!
So I created this simple Turkey File-Folder game for LB(4) to practice counting to 20.
He LOVED it. And there are multiple ways you could use this too!
Winner, winner turkey dinner! :)

Prep Work:
  • If you want this as a file-folder game, get out a file folder. OR you can just do the same thing on a piece of paper. (I like the file-folder because when it's open it's bigger than any pieces of paper I have. Gives more space for the turkey!)
  • So, cut a circle out of a piece of scrap paper. Place it in the middle/bottom of the opened file-folder. (This will be where the turkey body goes)
  • Use this scrap circle piece to measure about where the feathers will go. (Just so you have enough room for all 20!)
    • I divided the circle into thirds, like a pie. The top 2 will be where the feathers go, 10 on each side.
    • Then, I divided each third in half. Finally, in each half I marked so there where five segments each. I hope this makes sense. It's just an easy way to make sure you have space for 20 feathers. :)
  • Then with another piece of scrap paper, cut out a feather shape that fits in those segments. It can be skinny on the bottom and more full as it goes up to the tip. (But you don't want it too fat, or it will be hard to fit them all on. The brown one pictured below ended up being too fat. Skinny feathers are good for this game!)

  • Next, get out 4 sheets of craft foam in the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green.
  • Trace your feather onto each craft foam sheet. 5 feathers for each color.
  • Cut out all the feathers. (Again, mine ended up being too fat. I trimmed them all up a bit.)

  • Cut out a brown circle out of construction paper and glue it into the file folder.
  • Trace an extra feather with a black marker onto the file folder. Start at the top and go down each side.

  • Cut out eyes, beak, legs, etc. out of construction paper and glue them onto your turkey.
  • In each of the feather shapes on the file folder, write the numbers 1-20.

  • On each of the feathers write the numbers 1-20. (If you want to follow a pattern with the colors, just make sure you do so as you are writing the numbers) 

Finally done! Time to play!!

How to Play:
  • Lay out all the feathers and prompt your child to find the number 1 feather and place it on the turkey. On and on until all the feathers are on! Then count all the feathers on the turkey (good counting practice).

  • Another way to play is to turn all the feathers face down. Take turns choosing a feather and placing it on the correct spot on the turkey.

  • I was asked to teach singing time to the primary children at church last Sunday. Since we were singing a song about being thankful, I thought I would use this fun turkey to help me teach the song!
    • On the back of each feather I put a sticky note with a different way to sing. Here are the variations: 
      • loud, soft, boys only, girls only, big smile, hand on head, repeat after me, clapping, marching, staccato, crescendo, decrescendo, fast, slow, on tiptoes, close eyes, sway, wearing red only, wearing blue only.
    • I taped the feathers on the file folder and had the children pick a number. Whatever the feather said on the back was how we sang the song that time. We did it over and over. It was a lot of fun. :)

  • You could also hide the feathers and have your child hunt for them around the house!

It did take some work to make this, but there are just so many fun ways to play!
LB(4) has played it several times, and we'll probably pull it out each year!
Gobble gobble!


November 12, 2013

Gratitude Turkey 2013

Last week we started our traditional Gratitude Turkey!
Every year in November, I make a turkey body and stick it to the wall. Then I cut out a bunch of feathers and put them in a bowl or a bag with a marker, near the turkey.

When we think of something we're thankful for during the month, we write it on a feather and add it to the turkey! (We stick them to the wall with sticky-tack)

It's so fun to watch our turkey grow and grow throughout the month as we think of the MANY blessings we have in our lives.

Here are the posts about our turkeys from years past:

November 5, 2013

Turkey Graphing

Originally posted: November 16, 2011

For this game, I drew a big fat turkey with 6 rectangle feathers. 
Each feather was a graph for numbers 1-6.
The boys took turns rolling a dice and LM (4) would mark on the "graph" which number was rolled.
We played until one of the numbers reached the top of the graph.

LM really liked this game and wanted to play it over and over. 
Luckily the turkey-graph is pretty easy to draw, so I made several. :)
Instead of marking an X in each box you could place a bean or something small so you can play again and again!

November 4, 2013

Craft Stick Scarecrows!

Originally posted November 8, 2011

I saw an idea similar to this over on So cute!

Ours were made with:
  • craft sticks
  • felt
  • googly eyes
  • tacky glue
  • cardstock
  • marker

Here's how we made them:
  1. Before we began the craft, I had cut out the hat, hair (about 7 small rectangles), and nose from felt using different colors.
  2. We started by cutting out a square from cardstock and gluing the sticks onto it to keep them sturdy & together.
  3. The boys then took turns choosing which color hair and hat they wanted for their scarecrow. We glued the hair on first, then the hat.
  4. Next, we glued on the googly eyes & nose and drew a mouth with a black marker.
  5. Later, I glued a ribbon on the back so we could hang them up! (not pictured).
They're hanging up in our kitchen & the boys love them. Best of all: they were SO easy to make!