GOBBLE! GOBBLE! GOBBLE! I can just hear my hubby doing his ever impressive turkey gobble. (If you know, him you should ask him to do it. hehe). It's turkey time and if you're a teacher of the primary grades or a homeschool momma like myself, you can get very tired of "eating" turkey crafts year after year! Yep! So, here's (probably) my one and only turkey craft for this month! We decided to do a Thanksgiving Day Count Down. This turned out to be a WONDERFUL craft to do (and I'm not crafty). We were able to integrate patterns, numeral writing, ordering numbers forwards and backwards and motor skills!
I began by first using an 11"x14" or large sheet of brown construction paper to draw a turkey's body outline. The simpler, the better! I then cut out a bunch of white circles equal to the days we have left until Thanksgiving.
Miss Roo wrote the numerals in numeric order 1- 18 (for the days left until Thanksgiving). I had her write with pencil on each circle and trace over them with a black marker to make them stand out. This is great practice for her as she still reverses some numerals. If you have a primary grades student, this is very normal up until even second grade. (To help with this, make sure you have a number line posted in the room. I write ours 0-10 on the chalkboard and they stay up there.)
In the picture, you can see she is reversing the order. This was a great way to use the concept of counting down. She really had to think about number order in reverse! Great brain exercise!
We used "squeezy" glue to glue the numerals down only on the top. This allows us to carefully rip off a day as it passes. Something kindergarten/first grade teachers say frequently when using "squeezy" glue is... "DOT-T0-DOT, NOT A LOT". When we glued our turkey's facial parts, we didn't remember that rule. (You can see it in the first picture.) :)
Did I mention I have a preschooler? We don't do a whole lot of "schoolish" things yet as I feel it's more important to focus on motor skills and imaginative play right now, but today, she (with my help) cut out these lovely turkey feathers. She's very proud of herself, of course. As we cut, we sang (and counted), "One little, two little, three little turkey feathers" and "one little, two little, three little turkeys" all the way to "ten turkeys for Thanksgiving". You might know the tune as "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians", which Is what I grew up singing, but who knows if that's allowed anymore?? At last the feathers were cut and she was able to hold and to count all the turkey feathers.
I chose only four colors to use for our turkey's bright feathers because we also used the colors to create a pattern (more math, people). haha. You can see how many feathers we used in the picture, which was almost too many! (Don't judge my morning homeschool mom hair). haha again.
A couple of "Side Dishes" before I sign out:
Wondering what the red "hangy" thing is on the turkey? It's called a "snood" over the nose and a "wattle" below the nose. Male turkeys have these. SO, no, it's not called a "hangy red nose thingy" for those who were wondering or making up a name like myself! haha.
We love using wiggly eyes and so the eyes are very wiggly and silly. We also used paper from the feather scraps for the nose, the snood, and wattle and the dancing turkey feetsies! Don't need to use extra paper!
This took about 20 minutes and ... they loved it! So, get to cutting and gluing, ordering and writing and oh... singing about turkeys!
Happy Turkey Days!
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