Thursday, November 02, 2006

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

By Brandi M. Seals

There are several simple crafts out there for kids to do for the upcoming holiday season. If you are looking to get away from all those paper turkeys made from traced hands, I have something for you. I have picked out a few of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts to share with you.

Mini Turkeys
This is a super easy project for any child to do. Just make sure an adult is on hand to help out when needed. The idea is to create a mini turkey with some Popsicle sticks and felt that can be put into potted plants or other items. Read on for more details.

Needed Supplies
10 Popsicle sticks (if you do not have any on hand, pick some up at the craft store)
2 wiggley eyes
Felt in autumn tones - think white, black, yellow-gold, and red
Acrylic paints in brown, orange, yellow, and red
Scissors
Hot glue or craft glue

Instructions
Have the kids start by painting the large Popsicle sticks. You will want 4 sticks done in one color, 2 sticks done for two more colors, 1 stick done in the final color. Leave one stick unpainted.

Next, cut out the body. From the yellow-gold felt cut half an egg shape that measures about 3 inches across and 3 inches high. Then cut out a small elongated triangle from the yellow-gold felt. This piece will be used to make the beak.

From the red felt, cut out a heart that is about 1 inch long.

From black felt, cut out a top hat shape. You may want to create a template for this shape before hand so that all your top hats look the same.

From the white felt, cut out a small rectangle that will serve as the buckle on the hat.

Now it is time to start constructing the bird. Take the plain popsicle stick and glue the others to it so that you have created a fan shape. Choose any color pattern you like, but save one of the brown sticks for later use.

Once the fan is completed, glue the extra brown stick straight up the middle of the fan. This will serve as the turkey’s body.

Take the yellow-gold body piece and glue it to the brown stick in the center of the fan. Near the top of the body, glue on the red piece. It will serve as the gobbler.

Glue the beak on just above the gobbler.

Then glue the wiggley eyes above the beak.

Top the head off by gluing on the hat, then glue the white buckle on.

Place these mini turkeys in a potted plant or anything else you can dream up. Place them around the house for a little extra color this holiday season.

Squash Geese
This project is extremely easy but does require an adult on hand since there is work with a knife. You can do the cutting for your kid or if he or she is old enough, supervise them closely to avoid any accidents.

Needed Supplies:
Crookneck squash (try to find those with some stem attached so that the stem can form the beak)
Whole cloves
Leaves
Waxed paper and cardboard for the display base
Glue
Sharp knife
Cutting board
Ice pick

Instructions
Start by washing the squash off and allow it to dry on a paper towel. Then cut the stem so that it is on an angle and looks like a beak.

Use an ice pick or other devise to poke holes in the goose's 'face'. Insert a clove into each whole to make the eyes.

Next slice off the larger rounded end of the squash so that the goose stands upright and does not tip over.

You will probably want to make several geese and group them together. You will want to create a base for them by gluing some wax paper to a piece of cardboard. Place the geese on the base and surround them with leaves.

The base is necessary because the cut end of the squash will be moist and cause damage to some surfaces.

Place your geese where ever you like. Visitors will be surprised that you came up with something so creative and yet easy to decorate with.

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