Turkey Crafts for Little Learners
If you’re anything like me, November is one of your favorite months to teach! I absolutely love Thanksgiving–the food, the crafts, the Social Studies lessons, the children’s books….did I mention the crafts? In fact, turkey crafts are one of the BEST things about teaching little learners in the month of November. I’ve rounded up my FAVORITE turkey crafts for preschoolers through 1st graders.
1. Paper Strip Turkey
This little cutie just requires a few simple materials you probably already have on hand. It’s the perfect opportunity for gluing practice. You could even use it for cutting practice if you have students cut their own brown paper strips. Check it out at Housing a Forest.
2. Painted Paper Bag Turkey
My pre-k kiddos LOVE painting, and this craft is simply ADORABLE! All you need are brown lunch bags, some tempera paint, some twine, and a few other materials. Simple and CUTE! They’ll even enjoy stuffing their turkey with recycled paper scraps from the classroom. These are perfect shelf sitters for decorating the classroom throughout the month! Get the directions over at Paint-a-Sign.
Anytime I can incorporate academics AND crafts, I know I’ve found a winner! My students had so much fun making these name turkeys last year, and they were able to practice putting the letters of their names in the correct order. This was a great informal assessment to see who could actually spell their name and identify the letters in their name. Make it less challenging by giving students a bag with the exact letters they’ll need. Make it more challenging by having students choose from ALL the letters only those letters in their name. Differentiation is simple with this fun craft!
4. Thankful Turkeys
Since this IS the season of gratitude, I simply LOVE how this next turkey craft focuses the children on things they are thankful for! For younger students, have them draw the items they are thankful for or even glue photographs or magazine pictures of things they are thankful for on each “feather.” Older students can write (or attempt to write) the words. I know this is a craft that parents will really appreciate. You can find the directions at Little Family Fun.
5. Clothespin Turkey
This next little turkey in amazing because it’s an interactive craft that can be “changed” over and over AND it incorporates fine motor practice with clothespins. You can purchase colored clothespins very cheaply instead of dying your own. I stock up whenever I see them in the Target Dollar Spot! I’d personally add two brown clothespins at the bottom of the toilet paper tube for the legs. 😉 Find the directions at The Simple Parent.
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