Halloween is over, and the candy is all gone – i’d say we did pretty well… It lasted a whole 10 days… (okay, okay – so maybe we got a little carried away – next year we’ll do better – i promise! 😉 )
Anyway, as the candy level dropped, i found myself thinking more and more about what we were going to do with the plastic pumpkin when all the sugary goodies were gone… Autumn candle holder? No, fire and plastic are not such good friends. Pretty orange dried flower pot? Hmm… okay… but a little boring. Then it came to me – Thanksgiving’s just around the corner, why not turn it into a turkey?
One of our favorite things to do at this time of year is find fun, new ways to celebrate the things we’re grateful for. A Thankful Thoughts Turkey is a perfect way to do just that! Take a look, and then make one for your own family if you’d like!
Here’s what you’ll need
a plastic halloween pumpkin
an orange pipe cleaner
red, yellow, orange and pale yellow paper or card (2 sheets of each card)
dot stickers (optional)
a tracing of your child’s hand
Cut out the tracing of your little ones hand to use as a stencil. Fold the colored card into quarters, then use the stencil to cut 8 hand shapes out of each colored paper.
You should have a beautiful autumn rainbow of perfect little hands. Set them aside for later.
Grab the TP roll. Cut 4 slits in the one end of the toilet roll, about 2cm long (2/3 of an inch) then use your glue gun to glue each piece down so that you close up one end of the TP roll. Paint the roll orange to match the plastic body of your turkey and set that aside to dry. Cut four slits of 1cm into the bottom of the TP roll and bend each section outwards. Once that has dried, use a hobby knife and slice a little slit into the top of the roll. This is where you’re going to push the beak through. Cut a little piece of pipe cleaner, and fold it in half, thread that through the hole then bend the sides back on the inside so that the beak doesn’t fall out. Use a drop of superglue to secure it if you’d like. Use your glue gun and add some googlie eyes, and set your TP roll aside for later.
Time to get those little hands and the glue gun – there’s lots of sticking that needs to be done! If your little one is big enough to help, great! Just be careful – the glue is seriously hot! (something i learnt again more than once today ;( ) Start at the top, along the rim, in the middle at the back, and work your way outwards, and towards the bottom. Mix the colors as you go, and just have fun! The great thing is, even if you have six kids, no two turkeys are going to be exactly alike – they’re each going to have their own special pattern!
Grab your TP roll, and add a blob of glue from your glue gun to each piece that you folded outwards. Quickly push your turkey’s neck into place. Be sure you know where you want to stick the head before you add the glue, because the glue dries very quickly, and you won’t have time to play around with it once the glue is on. Create a little sign, and pop a notepad by your turkey, for people to fill with thoughts of thankfulness as they feel they want to.
By Thanksgiving your Turkey should be full of little notes, and you can take turns reading them and remembering all the blessings. I know this is going to be one tradition that sticks around in home for a long time to come! Do you have any special gratitude Thanksgiving traditions?
I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family, and don’t forget to check out the rest of my weblog here (brightnbrainy.com). Thanks!