Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and with preparations for turkey dinners, mash potatoes and pumpkin pies to be baked, there is no reason why your children can’t join in on the traditions as well. In fact, they can even decorate for the delicious food that is soon to be served by creating their very own centerpiece that can be marveled at Thanksgiving dinner by friends and family.
In order for your children to create their turkey centerpiece, they will need to make sure that they have all of the materials necessary for assembly. You will need a brown paper bag (used for lunches), construction paper, crayons or markers or pencils or paint, cotton balls, glue and scissors. Once you have gathered together all of your ingredients you are ready to put together you centerpiece.
First, your child can trace their hand on a piece of construction paper to form a turkey. They will do this twice, so you will end up with two different turkeys. Then, they can cut out their turkey hands and decorate them however they would like. They can give their turkey hands a mouth, eyes, colorful feathers and so much more. It really all depends on the child. If you would like to get really creative with this turkey hand, you can purchase fake feathers and have your child glue them on rather than color them in.
Once your turkey hands are creative and given some sort of life to them, then you can move on to creating the stand that will hold your turkey hands. Take the brown paper bag, and if you wish to decorate this bag with ribbons, or have your children color or glue embellishments onto it then this would be the time to do so. Once you have created your bag to your liking, then you can stuff the bag with the cotton balls and fold over the top and glue it shut. To hide the fold in the bag you can add a ribbon or any other sort of embellishment that you would enjoy. You can then glue the turkey hands onto each side of the bag and set in the center of the table for something that your children can feel proud of.
I know that older children in the fourth or fifth grades and older may not be interested in this sort of craft idea, but the younger children are going to really enjoy it and it can be something that you save and cherish forever to bring back lasting memories.