Simple. Meaningful. Fun.
These three words resonate with me when it comes to crafting with kids. I am in no way, “The Queen of Crafts,” and have absolutely no desire to ever where that crown. I don’t even want a tiara. But. . .I do like to have fun and simple activities to help focus kids on the real meaning and purpose of the holidays.
We originally made this as part of our preschool classes at church, but this little Turkey Bag Craft may be just the thing for your Thanksgiving Day gathering. It takes very little prep–Win! It cost very little money-Win again! Plus, it can help to keep your kids in the thankful zone all month long as you prepare for Christmas and fight off the temptation to become focused on more than the blessings in our lives-Win! Win! Win!
You will need the following supplies:
1) Brown paper lunch sacks
2) Brown paper (card stock or construction paper) for the turkey head and hands or talons. The word “talons” just seems kind of violent somehow. (A quick google search reveals that, “turkeys do have talons. In fact, they have a large, sharp talons that they will use to peck or grasp the head of another turkey while fighting.”- answers.com) SO let’s stick with hands for today!
3) Colored paper for feathers, nose, bow tie and the turkey’s snood or wattle. Yeah, snoods and wattles, I think what yours is depends on where your child puts it on their craft!) And you will have tons of fun saying “snoods and wattles” with the littles in your life!
4) Jiggly eyes (you don’t NEED them, but really, who doesn’t love jiggly eyes??!)
5) Glue dots, glue sticks or some kind of child friendly glue or adhesive. (Super glue not recommended.)
5) Something to attach to the front explaining your craft. You might try, “In this bag, we can see, things to be thankful for from A to Z.” Or come up with something way better!! Remember, I like to keep things simple!
6) Pieces of paper, each with a letter of the alphabet on it.
Depending on the ages of the littles at your feast, you have a few options. You may want to cut out the shapes you need before hand, enlist some teens to help or just let them have a go at it. (When using scissors at family gatherings, be sure to watch out for any siblings with anger issues or who want to be a cosmetologist when they grow up.)
Now that you have your supplies together. Here’s how it goes together:
- Cut out from brown paper a turkey head. (It looks a bit like a drumstick.)
- Cut out some noses, snoods and wattles!
- Cut out some little “hands.” (See my sample below)
- Cut out some bow ties and feathers.
- Cut out your A-B-C papers.
- Write some things you can be thankful for on the feathers.
- Attach the face pieces to your turkey’s face piece–yeah, I just wrote that, and I’m still secure in Jesus.
- Attach the turkey face to the inside front of your bag.
- Attach the bow tie, hands and message to the outside front of your bag.
- Attach the feathers to the back of the bag.
- Add the A-B-C square inside the bag.
- Every day, have your child pick an A-B-C square from the bag and write or draw what they are thankful for.
I hope you have some sweet fun with this and that your kids will “gobble” up the time you spend together not just celebrating Thanksgiving, but sharing Thanksgiving.
Here are the little hands (see, no talons here–safety first!) we made. We attached them to strips of glue dots to make them easy for our preschoolers to use. Gotta love the glue dots.
(We adapted this turkey craft from several different turkeys we found around the web. Feel free to adapt our turkey to meet your needs. An article from National Geographic states that turkeys are pretty adaptable.)