This Thanksgiving Craft is more than just a creative and fun outlet for kids. Use this as a time to discuss the concept of thankfulness. Have each child explore the ideas of thankfulness in an age appropriate way and come up with several things he is thankful for. When the craft is completed, show the child how much bounty he has to be thankful for.
Print out the PATTERN of the Turkey Hat, or simply copy the picture on the bottom of this page.
For the body, cut out the large circle (that says "body") and trace onto the mirror board and cut it out.
Cut out the smaller circle from the pattern for the head and the rectangle for the neck from the desired color(s) of Mighty Bright Tag (colored paper tag board) and glue them onto the body (as shown).
Paste on Wiggle Eyes or draw eyes with a marker. Then cut a triangle for the nose from the desired color of tag board and paste beneath the eyes, (as shown).
For the feathers, cut out the oval shape from the pattern and trace 5 times onto the desired color(s) of craft foam. Then cut 5 smaller ovals to fit inside of the bigger ovals from the tag board. On each of these ovals write: "I am thankful for: _______________________."
The child should write something he/she is thankful for on each feather.
Glue the smaller feathers to fit inside of the larger feathers (as shown).
Glue the feathers onto the body of the turkey (as shown)
For the hat, take an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of black paper and cut it lengthwise. Staple or tape the two ends together so you have a long strip. Then measure it around the child's head and stale/tape it so it should fit on his/her head.
When the turkey is dry, staple the turkey to the black hat.