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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Decorating the Thanksgiving Table

Our classes always make a cute decoration to put on the tables for our Thanksgiving luncheon. We have had different ones over the years. This year the children made little turkey stand ups.

For this you will need:

a long strip of construction paper-at least 5 inches wide
brown, red, & orange tempera paint
crayons
wiggle eyes
glue

The first part of this craft is to take the children's hands and paint them brown. Then holding the paper vertically have them place their hands on the paper--it is probably easiest to do this one hand at a time. Leaving about 2 inches of each end paint free, stamp one hand on one end, flip the paper and stamp the other hand on the other end. Then these need to dry.

After our "turkey" shapes dry--it's time to fancy them up. The teacher used orange and red paint to add some pizazz to the tail feathers. The children added a wiggle eye to each turkey, then drew feet, a beak, and a "gobbler." (Not sure what that red hangy thing is called--I always called it a gobbler).


Finally the paper gets folded in half so that there is a turkey on each side. Then fold about 1 1/2 inches of the bottom piece to make the paper stand up. Set it on the table and you're good to go. They can really brighten up a room.

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1 comment:

Karen said...

You have so many wonderful ideas for young ones to make them feel a part of the Thanksgiving season. I am sure all the children adored you and the fun things you created for them. Thank you for sharing.