Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Turkey Projects

This turkey project from Reading Confetti is made from pretzel sticks a paper cup, some 'googly eyes' and construction paper for feet and colored with magic markets.  Dip the pretzel sticks in yellow and orange and red Wilton Candy Melts from Michael's or your favorite local craft store, trace the turkey's body on a white paper cup, and cut out some feet from construction paper.  Fun, a little messy, but that's what crafts are all about! This is a great fine motor project and the tactile stim from the pretzels and chocolate are great for the kids (even though they'll never know iit!) The kids can take home a proud Thanksgiving centerpiece for the holidays. 

Don't want to add to the sugar intake of your students? How about this cool fine motor project from Teach Preschool.  You can make it using pipe cleaners or feathers, both work well for the turkey's tail feathers. Whatever you have on hand will work!

Again, the base is a paper cup, wrapped in some brown construction paper, add a beak and eyes with a marker. Poke some holes in the bottom of the cup, and have your students add the tail feathers. Again, a perfect tatctile experience for the kids s well as a creative outlet using their fine motot skills. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pink Gum

Sorry, I know it's not a project, but it does make me smile! Find out where to get one of these fun cards at Avanti Press' web site and click on 'Home'. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's Turkey Time Again!

Every year at Thanksgiving we look for fun Thanksgiving crafts to do with our students.  The Thanksgiving turket and the Pilgrims and Indians provide a wide range of crafts to make with your children.  This is one I remember making when I was a child, so I guess it's true that some things never go out of style!

To make the turkey shown each child needs:
A variety of colors of colored paper in brown, red, yellows and orange colors
1 piece of background paper to paste on
1 large circle for the turkey's body\
Triangles, rectangles or squares for tail feathers
Triangles, rectangles or squaresfor a beak
Marker or crayon for eyes
Glue Stick or glue pots

This project helps children develop fine motor skills, creative thinking, imaginative thinking, learn shapes and colors, and the use of multi-media for art projects.

Visit Teach Preschool's web site for more photos of how to do this craft as well as further directions.  Teach Preschool is a great resource for a variety of projects.  Craft photos courtesy of: Teach Preschool