Gobble Gobble! A Fun and Easy Thanksgiving Art Project for your Little Learners!
When I was a kid I loved making handprint turkeys for Thanksgiving. Ever since my son was born, I've looked forward to craft projects that I'll be able to do with him for the holidays. The problem is, I'm not much of a "Pinterest Mom" - in fact, I relate more to the Pinterest Fails of the world. My son’s amazing caregiver showed us an easy, affordable holiday craft that anyone can recreate this year with minimal supplies! You can use this opportunity to talk to your little learners about colors, shapes, textures and parts of the body as you paint. And of course, everyone likes to gobble like a turkey!
Step 2: Making our Turkeys
While our truck art dries, it's time to create the pieces of the turkey!
- Gently use foam brushes to paint your child's hands, and create flat hand prints on the construction paper. We will need three sets of hand prints: one yellow, one green, and one orange.
- Next, create one set of foot prints using brown paint.
- Let all prints dry for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Gobble Gobble! Time to make our turkeys!
- Once the handprints and footprints are dry, carefully cut them out and set aside. Note: Unless you're doing this project with older children, it's probably best to have an adult do the cutting!
- As you are cutting, you can use this time to talk to your kids about colors, shapes, and for the youngest artists it's fun to make turkey noises as you're putting them together!
- Glue three handprints together, fanning them out and connecting them by the palms.
- Carefully glue each footprint toes down onto each set of handprints.
- Glue each turkey onto your canvas or large piece of paper.
- You've made your turkeys! Once they are glued down, use the marker to draw on a beak and eyes.
- VOILA! Gobble Gobble! You and your littlest learners have successfully made a fun, memorable craft that engaged them, and provided a creative outlet for an early learning opportunity!
Happy Turkey Day! What are your favorite craft projects to do with your littlest learners?