When my 6-year old art student requested that I come and do some art at her birthday party, I practically screamed YES! I love doing art parties because the kids are always so excited to see the creative tables and to use their hands and make stuff. I asked my student what she had in mind, and she said TURKEYS? like it was a questions. Yes to the turkeys, I said! My first Thanksgiving turkey craft from cardboard was hatched.
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I searched the web and found this turkey craft from an incredible art teacher named Cristina that I decided to copy. Why re-invent the wheel? Cristina is a little mysterious, I can’t find her on Instagram, but she has a blog and an AMAZING Flickr feed which you must check out immediately!!
And now, here’s how we made our cardboard turkeys…
Supplies for turkey craft:
~ Cardboard cut into turkey shapes
~ Glue gun (for putting turkey together… the kid don’t use it)
~ Card stock cut into feather shapes
~ Oil pastels
~ Googly eyes
~ White school glue
Step-by-step instructions for turkey craft:
1. Prepare the cardboard turkeys ahead of time by cutting out two shapes: one will be the body, the other will be the neck and head.
2. Using the glue gun, attach the neck to the body by overlapping just a little bit.
3. Set out the cardboard turkeys and all the other supplies on the table. I rarely if ever supply a sample for my art classes. My classes tend to be very open-ended and not as crafty. But this time around I thought it would be helpful to set out an example (made by my daughter). At birthday parties, kids tend to come and go and with a sample, they don’t have to keep relying on my for instructions.
Let the kids create!!
I love how every turkey looks different. My fear with putting out an example is that the kids will feel restricted. But thankfully that didn’t happen. I love these so much!! Definitely a rainbow theme happening. So much yummy color!
Thank you, again, to art-teacher-extraordinaire Cristina for the idea!
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