I thought it would be fun to make some Thanksgiving Turkeys with the kiddos. I've seen all sorts of crafty and unique turkeys on Pinterest, but honestly, I just wanted something non-frustrating for me to do with the kids. Although our turkeys aren't too elaborate, it's all about the process with toddlers. They don't really care what the end product looks like as long as they get to participate in a craft!
First, I bought a bunch of cheap paper plates at the store. I figure paper plates are a staple in any little kid craft kit, so the extras will be tucked away for another time. The four plates we needed for this project were passed out, and the kids eagerly took to decorating them.
An accidental plus to the plates we used were the ridges along the edges. When I took a crayon and rubbed it along the ridges, it made a unique sound that the kids were fascinated by. Ellie kept handing me different crayons so that I could keep making the noise on her plate. Just a little extra sensory experience!
I decided to let the kids use the glue sticks for the first time. In the past, I've used the glue for them, but I thought I'd let them give it a whirl today. Each of them tried to figure out why it was sticky, and in an effort to fully appreciate her new craft item, Abby licked it. (Glue sticks are non-toxic, right???)
If you'd like to make these with your toddlers, they are super simple! Let them color a plate, and then cut the plate in half. Use a glue stick to glue the two halves of the plate together so that it looks like layers of feathers. Then, glue a toilet paper roll to the front of the plates, use a sharpie to make eyes, and a diamond shape folded in half makes the perfect beak.
Tip: If you make sure the toilet paper roll is even with the bottom of the plate halves, then these will stand up on their own. It might be a fun way to decorate your Thanksgiving table!
Not too complicated and not too messy! That's pretty much the perfect toddler craft if you ask me!