Thanksgiving Holiday is a time to gather together and spend quality time with the family; and for us, making crafts allows us to be together while expressing creativity, advancing fine-motor skills, and most importantly, having fun! This ✂️DIY Pipe Cleaners ♻️Paper Mache 🦃Turkey craft is another fun Thanksgiving-Inspired activity children have enjoyed creating.
What you will need:
- ♻️recycled toilet paper roll,
- recycled brown tissue paper for turkey's body (or you can use a different color),
- mache paste for paper mache application (we are using this Mod Podge),
- pipe cleaners to make turkey's tail,
- recycled packing peanuts,
- paint (we are using these washable finger-paints),
- googly eyes,
- a glue gun.
"He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence." – Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p. 25.
The child is a worker and a producer. … The child's work belongs to another order and has a wholly different force from the work of the adult. The child’s work is done unconsciously, in abandonment to a mysterious spiritual energy, actively engaged in creation. It is indeed a creative work. Dr. Maria Montessori, 'The Secret of Childhood', Orient Longman Limited, 200.
Insert pipe-cleaners into the packing peanuts to make wings.
We used a glue gun to make pom-poms-mouth.
We also used a glue gun to attach pipe-cleaners to the roll.
Paint the packing peanuts with different colors.
Whether you 🎉celebrate Thanksgiving 🦃holiday or not, the 🗓Month of November is a month of 🙏Gratitude, and I am wishing you a blessed, bountiful and a happy Holiday Season and a Happy 🦃Thanksgiving! There is always something to be thankful for! And it is not the happy people who are thankful, but rather thankful people who are happy. So, I am wishing you much happiness and many special family times this holiday season!
We did another Thanksgiving Craft also using paper mache technique: see here "🙏Thankful 🌳Tree🍂 • 🦃Thanksgiving Inspired ✂️Craft."
For more on holiday-inspired unit study, see here our activities round up "🦃Thanksgiving Inspired Homeschooling 101 Unit Study."