This year when I planned our easy thankful turkeys craft for preschoolers, I wanted to add some simple counting as well. I’ve done this with several other art projects, such as our ladybug craft. I love to combine learning domains while doing preschool activities.
This particular activity involved several steps: assembling the turkey, counting the sticks (“feathers”), and then sharing what we are thankful for and writing those on the sticks.
It was spread out during the course of one week while we enjoyed reading books on thankfulness and talking about what we love in our lives.
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Thankful Turkeys Craft for Preschoolers
What you will need:
Cut turkey beaks and feet from orange construction paper. However you want them to look.
Have the children apply glue to brown sheets of construction paper. I love using brayers when applying glue to a large area, and it’s a nice change from brushes.
Once the glue is applied, let the children select what color tissue paper circle they want and have them press it onto the glue. Add a bit more glue to the top of the tissue paper circle for the eyes and beak. Add the feet to the bottom of the circle. (Although many of our preschoolers wanted the feet on the circle, or below the circle but not touching. I did not correct them, and I certainly did not rearrange them.)
Adding some math to the activity:
I made a simple number line with a marker and paper. I drew 5 lines and numbered each from 1 to 5. I asked the preschoolers to place one stick on each line (1:1 correspondence) and count the sticks for me. For some this was easy, and for others it was a challenge. We always have children that are on several different learning levels and that is okay.
After counting the sticks, have the children place them on the outside of the tissue paper circle. Again, some of the children placed them in different areas and I did not correct them.
Allow the artwork to dry completely.
Once dry, the preschoolers added a gobbler by pressing their finger onto a red stamp pad and pressing below the beak. (They don’t show well in these photos, unfortunately.)
Displaying the turkeys:
After mounting them on slightly larger paper, we hung them in the fellowship hall for our families to see during our Thanksgiving feast.
Talking about thankfulness:
During this time, we talked about what being thankful means. Often when we also add “what do you love”, this concept is a bit easier for preschoolers to understand. Each of the children shared what they were thankful for during a conversation we had at circle time. I jotted down their answers and wrote them on the turkey’s “feathers” (sticks).
These thankful turkeys will be followed by more lessons on giving as we head towards Christmas, such as when we baked bread for someone special in our preschool’s building last year. We are also collecting toys that will be given to local families of farm workers. During a season where we tend to hear all about what we want, it’s important to balance it with giving as well.
More fall activities for your children:
And if you want more? Check out my fall Pinterest board!
Some favorite fall songs:
Some favorite fall books: