While the grownups are busy preparing for the Thanksgiving feast, the children can get ready for holiday entertaining with these crafts and activities.
Turkey talk place setting
Brown, red, yellow and orange construction paper; ruler; pencil; scissors; glue; small wiggly eyes; stapler; yellow or orange drinking straw; cardstock.
What to do:
On brown paper draw and cut out a 7-inch half circle and a 2-inch oval. Wrap the half circle end to end to make a cone shape for the turkey’s body and secure with glue. (Note leave a small opening at the narrow end of the cone to insert a straw later.) Glue two wiggly eyes onto the brown oval to form the turkey’s head. Cut out a small orange triangle and a red teardrop shape to represent the turkey’s beak and wattle. Glue these to the face then attach the head to the narrow portion of the cone. Trace around your hand on the remaining paper to form turkey feathers. Cut these out and attach to the backside of the turkey’s body with a stapler. Make a 3/4-inch slit across one end of the drinking straw then slip it into the top opening of the cone. Cut cardstock to 3 1/2- by 2-inches. Write “Gobble, Gobble” and your guest’s name on the place card and slip it into the straw slit. Repeat these steps for every guest attending your Thanksgiving banquet.
Gobblin’ good checkerboard game
Yellow and orange construction paper; ruler; pencil; scissors; glue; candy corn and pumpkins.
What to do:
Fold the long side of the yellow paper in half. Draw 1-inch lines that begin at the fold and stop approximately 1-inch from the opposite end. Repeat this step across the paper until you have seven lines. With the paper still folded, cut the lines beginning at the fold. Open and set aside. Mark off 1-inch lines across the shorter width of the orange paper then cut across each line until you have eight strips. Begin weaving the orange strips in and out of the openings on the yellow paper, alternating the weave with each row until all orange strips have been used. Place a dot of glue on each strip end to secure. Play the game similar to checkers. Use candy corn and pumpkins for game pieces and enjoy the sweet rewards of gobbling up your opponent’s captured pieces. The one with the most candy left on the board at the end of the game wins!
Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting, a mother and a grandmother.