Well, my "bag of tricks" was emptied today. I came to my last Thanksgiving craft today. We made a thankful turkey using circles and triangles. It's always a little difficult getting the children to tell you what they are thankful for. After they hear the first child's thankful thought, you get a lot of repeats. I reread the story "Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks, " by Margaret Sutherland, that I read the other day to try to give them ideas.
brown, red, yellow, & orange construction paper
(these are the colors I used)
First you will need a large circle cut from the brown paper. If you have children that are old enough you can have them cut the circles out themselves. I already had ours cut. I cut triangle feathers from the yellow and red paper--the paper cutter comes in handy here. Then I had a yellow circle for the head, an orange triangle beak, and a red triangle wattle.
On the back of the circle I have the children put glue in a semicircle along the edge. Then they glue the feathers on--I let them do as many or little as they like, and whatever colors they want to use.
Next all the rest of the pieces get glued on--the circle head, triangle beak, triangle wattle, and wiggle eyes.
Finally I ask the children what they are thankful for and I write that in the middle.
The book I read today was called "10 Fat Turkeys," by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Rich Deas. It's a cute story of 10 turkey doing silly things and counting backwards to--NONE. It also has rhyming prose which makes it fun. If I had more time, I would have loved to put up 10 of the children's turkeys and remove one at a time as we read, to help with counting backwards. We used our fingers each time, but it can get confusing with little ones. Sometimes that time aspect can be a bugger. They had fun though, with lots of giggles.