Supplies needed for this activity:
- Colorful paper
- Cardboard box
- Pencil and Markers
- Googly Eyes (optional)
Each turkey we made would represent one family unit. We would write the family's surname(s) on the belly of the turkey and each feather would represent one person in the family.
First, I created tracing templates from the sides of a cardboard box. I cut them out, and my daughter used these to trace the turkeys' bodies and feathers.
I cut out little triangles for the turkey beaks and we found some googly eyes in our craft cabinet. If you do not have googly eyes available, you can cut circles out of the paper or just draw on eyes with markers.
We made three turkeys in all; her attention span was done after that. We created a turkey for our own little family, for my family, and for my husband's family. Each turkey had a different number of feathers, so we counted them and talked about how some families are bigger and some are smaller. We also talked about how mom and dad are actually a part of two family units, and I think this activity helped her better associate each of her aunts and uncles with the correct side of the family. ("Uncle Jeff is Mommy's brother and Grandma and Grandpa K.'s son.")
Have fun making your turkeys and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
©2014, Emily Kowalski Schroeder