How many ways can you make a turkey? Let us count
the ways! These are simple
crafts made with inexpensive materials, but the kids
will love them...and I'm sure once you start crafting
turkey you'll think of your own ideas, as will the kids.
By Brenda Hyde
Spice and Seed Turkey
Trace a turkey onto foam board, cardboard or some
other stiff paper. Using craft glue such as Elmer's
smear areas of the turkey, one at a time, and sprinkle
different ground or seeds of spices such as nutmeg,
cinnamon, cloves, or anise to make a design on the
turkey-cover completely. Hang as is, or spray lightly
with a craft sealant.
Give each child a piece of construction paper with a
turkey drawn on it, or let them draw their own. Tear
bits of colored paper, tissue paper or tissue, left
over gift wrap-anything colorful. Tear in small pieces
about an inch in size-they should be rough, and not
exact. Have the kids glue the pieces on their turkey
in any way they wish until it's covered!
Nature Treasure Turkey
You'll need a 12x12 piece of cardboard or other
very heavy paper, glue, a small white paper plate,
and your "nature treasures". Gather leaves, seed
pods, bark, and any other dried material from your
yard, the woods or a park. You can add dried
corn and beans as well. You want as many different
textures and colors as you can find. Lay them all
out on a surface where you can lay your paper flat
as well. glue the paper plate about 3-4 four inches
from the bottom of your paper-centering it. Paint
the plate brown or orange and let it dry. Use your
nature finds to create the body (the plate), face and
tail for the turkey. This is such a neat project. You
can frame it in an old frame or hang as is, spraying
with a clear sealer if you wish.
About the Author:
Brenda is a wife and mom to three kids living in
the Midwestern United States. She is also a freelance
writer and editor of Old Fashioned Living.
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