Being thankful for what you have is something I really want to be mindful of teaching Maxwell at a young age. He is only 19 months old, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to start talking about it now! He says “pease” and “tanks”, which is just about the cutest thin I’ve ever heard. Although, I’m beginning to realize that “pease” actually means “give it to me now or I’m going to squeal”. We made a this cute little Thanksgiving craft together (kind of together, ha!) and discussed things we are thankful for. Ok, so maybe it wasn’t a true discussion, but I told him how thankful I am that I am his mom, and he babbled to me and said “bus” and “boat” a lot while bringing me his favorite toys.
Here’s a quick video tutorial. Read below for more details about how to make the little turkey!
I love the idea of making one gigantic thankful turkey, and then the whole family could add feathers and he would double as a fun table center peice!
Here’s what you need to make a thankful turkey:
- styrofoam ball
- brown yarn
- colored construction paper
- wooden drawer pull (or cork)
- 2 google eyes
- scrap of red yarn
This little Thanksgiving turkey is super easy to make, and the kids can certainly help or even make one on their own!
1: As you can see from the picture, my styrofoam ball is up cycled from an old fake flower arrangement. Wrap the ball in brown yarn. TIP: Secure the beginning peice of yarn with a peice of tape. When the entire ball is covered in yarn, tuck the end peice under other yarn strands.
2: I used a toothpick and a wooden drawer pull to make the turkey’s head. Tie a small piece of red yarn around the toothpick to make the gobble. Then, glue on two google eyes, and a triangular peice of yellow construction paper to the wooden knob to make the turkey face.
3: Stick the wooden knob right on the ball of yarn with the toothpick! If you don’t have a wooden knob, consider just using construction paper or possibly a wine cork!
4: To make the feathers, cut a feather shape out of construction paper, and use tape to secure the feathers to toothpicks. Talk to the the kiddos about what they are thankful for and write each item on a feather.
5: The last step is to add 3 toothpicks to the bottom of the turkey so that she can stand on a flat surface.
I love that you can easily add feathers to your turkey each day or whenever you think of more things. If you have a large family, think about making a few turkeys! Styrofoam balls come in a variety of sizes, so you could also just make one giant turkey!
The thankful turkeys make perfect centerpieces too! And see those cute placemats? They are made out of brown paper bags and perfect for entertaining kiddos and continuing the thankful conversations at dinner. See the full brown bag thankful placemat tutorial here.