Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Thanksgiving crafts are fun for your preschool crew! Here are some ideas for you and your preschooler to be thankful for:
1. Making a turkey craft is fun and festive! The site below from First-School offers an array of turkey crafts and templates you can use for free. Other ideas, such as a handprint turkey, with the palm of the hand as the body, thumb as the head and fingers as the feathers are fun too. If you choose to do a handprint turkey you can have the children draw in the legs and details on the turkey. Small google eyes might be a fun addition to glue on for a more whimsical bird. Kids can also enjoy drawing a farm themed background for their turkey picture to be pasted on to.
2. Use playdough to create a Thanksgiving cornucopia, a turkey or a fall leaf wreath. Gather a large variety of colors and host a playdough craft time for your playgroup or in your child's preschool class. Have shoeboxes or cardboard pieces on hand to display the children's creations so they won't get mushed. The preschool crew may also wish to decorate their boxes or cardboard displays, with construction paper, scenery or even wrapping paper. Playdough is safe and easy to work with, too.
3. Don't forget about the Pilgrims. These new settlers make an educational lesson artistic with the great crafts offered at DLTK. There is a cute doorknob hanger, paper bag puppet boy and girl pilgrims, and a pilgrim mouse craft using toilet paper rolls. These simple and free ideas can be found at the site below-
However you choose to celebrate and craft with your preschooler for Thanksgiving be sure to have him or her write down what you are thankful for, and share this with your family and friends. These thankful statements can also be pasted onto the crafts you create and given to family and friends as holiday gifts.