Upcoming holidays always stir excitement and anticipation in kids. If they’re preschool kids, filled with innocence and trust in good things happening at Thanksgiving, make a faux feather bookmark part of their learning experience. What do feathers look like? They are different sizes, shapes, and have different character.
Purchase supplies at the Dollar Store or Michaels, for great bargains.
Durable foam sheets (buy a multicolor pack of twenty at the Dollar Store)
Acrylic Crafting paint sets
Narrow-brush art brushes
Pre-project activities for teachers and volunteers
Feather Pattern: the faux feather is 5″ h, plus 1″ for the quill stem. It is 2″ w. Use a round lid to make the curving feather, with the stem at the bottom. Fold a paper in half to design it; then cut it out. That will give you an equally shaped pattern. Cut the feathers out ahead of time. Instead of fringing the sides, keep the feather solid. That keeps the Thanksgiving preschool craft durable, since fringed edges would work or be twisted off.
Art Project Time
Give each child a precut feather, set on a paper or paper towel (with the child’s name written on it), to avoid paint on the desk or table.
Create art teams to share the craft paint packs. The kids can use the brush and paint to whisk feather breaks on. They can also paint a design or letter on the feather.
Based on experience, keep the water can for brushes on an unoccupied table or counter. Appoint a brush-cleaning monitor for each group, and ask a volunteer to show the monitors the proper way to clean and dry the brush, so it can be used again. Some children may have already learned this in parenting projects at home.
Each kid’s Thanksgiving craft should be placed in a safe drying area, remaining on the paper showing his or her name.
Usually, the bookmark will be ready to go home with the child the same day.
Follow your clean-up procedures, and enjoy the day.
Be innovative with this Thanksgiving crafts idea; it can be modified to fit any age group, even adults. Happy Thanksgiving, and stay crafty.
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