Don't you just love little art pieces with your child's hand or footprint? What a keepsake! It's great to see how small they once were. So in order to capture that littleness one more time, we made turkey place mats for Thanksgiving. And I'll be all turkeyed out by next Thursday, but my babies loved it of course! All things turkey, right? Want to try it with your littles? Here's how!
1. Construction papers of choice (for feathers and brown for the turkey body)
2. Pencil and black crayola marker
3. glue and scissors
4. Your babies!
5. background paper for the mat
6. contact paper, a laminator or page protector
1. Begin by tracing both their left and right feet on the color(s) paper they chose for the turkey's feathers. Do it a couple of times. You won't have a ton of room, so no more than 4-6 footprints at most will fit on your paper.
2. Trace one hand on brown paper for the turkey's main body.
3. Trace over pencil marks with a black marker to make them more defined.
4. Cut out feet and hand outlines.
5. Glue feathers first in a fan shape to your background mat.
6. Glue the brown turkey's body (hand outline) in front of the the bottom part of the feathers.
7. Draw eye and add snood, wattle and beak with scrap construction papers.
8. Ask your child what they are thankful for and record their answer in a complete sentence on the bottom of the mat. (They may be old enough to write their own sentence.)
9. Put on a protective covering. (laminate, contact paper, or page protector)
This was super fun, quick and easy! Your little ones will be so excited to use their Thanksgiving mats up until and possibly on Thanksgiving Day!
If you do this craft with your babies, let me know how it went!
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