Wouldn’t it be nice to actually sit through your meal on Thanksgiving rather than chase the kids around? I have just the solution for you. All you need is a few supplies, a kids’ table and some smocks to protect those cute holiday outfits!
Take a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up several sheets of Foam Paper in an array of colors (brown, yellow, orange and red to be exact). Grab a bag or two of wiggle eyes, some white poster board and don’t forget some glue sticks.
On Wednesday evening, once the kids are in bed, the house is clean, the table is set, the side dishes are made and the turkey is basted, sit down with a glass of wine (or a mug of decaf) and your foam paper and a pair of scissors. For each child (and an extra set for yourself for a sample), cut out 1 small orange heart (feet), 2 large red hearts, 2 large orange hearts, 2 medium yellow hearts, 1 medium brown circle (body), 1 medium brown oval (head), 1 small yellow triangle (beak) and 1 small red heart (gobbler). Lastly, cut a square of poster board for each child.
While you are at it, cut out some leaf shapes from whatever is left of the foam paper and set those aside.
Follow the instructions below to assemble your sample turkey:
1. Glue the orange heart upside down onto the poster board for the feet.
2. Glue the brown circle above the feet, overlapping the point of the upside down heart.
3. Glue the wings in place using the large orange and red hearts, overlapping each one as you go.
4. Glue the head in place using the brown oval as pictured.
5. Glue the medium yellow hearts off to the side of the head shape.
6. Glue the small red heart upside down, overlapping the bottom of the brown oval (chin area).
7. Glue the small yellow triangle just over the tip of the upside down red heart (gobbler).
8. Glue the wiggle eyes in place.
9. Cut out your turkey along the edges of the foam so that you cannot see the poster board.
And, there you have it, your “Love Turkey”. Now, your 4-7 yr-olds try very hard to follow the pattern of your sample turkey and their will probably turn out beautifully! Your 2-3 yr-olds will simply watch the older kids and glue pieces where they see fit, which is the fun part for them.
If they finish their Love Turkeys before you have finished your meal, provide them with some markers (washable of course) and have them write what they are thankful for on the leaves. The older kids will obviously enjoy this one more while the younger ones just scribble on them while mimicking the older ones. Once the meal is over and the leaves are completed, string up some ribbon, grab some clothes pins and pin the Thankful Leaves to the ribbon for the whole family to read!
I hope these ideas are successful for you and that this year, you are able to sit and enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, after all, you’ve worked for hours on end to make it, you should get at least 1 hour to eat it, right?