Trace around your child's hand. (Bonus: If you save one from each year, you'll get to see how your kids grow!) The fingers are the fancy tail feathers, and the thumb is the head. I like to state the obvious.
Let your child loose coloring it in. Don't worry if it turns out like this — I've got alternate plans up my sleeve.
I'm purposely not searching around on Pinterest or other blogs for perfect looking Thanksgiving crafts, because this is supposed to be a holiday of gratitude for what you've got, not shame for what you don't. So make this craft as (un)complicated as you want it to be — decorate with stickers, markers, paints, crayons, glitter, string, whatever you or your kidlet want. Theoretically, they could color each finger/feather a different color, but as you can see, not all four-year-olds are into realism or following directions or, in fact, even waiting for directions before forging ahead, heaven love 'em.
Plan B commences! Cut out the hand turkey and glue it to a contrastingly colorful sheet of paper. For hand-eye practice, your kid can do the cutting. Tip: Kids love gluing. A glue stick makes it less obnoxious for you.
Redraw the eye, beak, giblet (approximate that sucker), side wing, and turkey feet.
I offered to write "Happy Thanksgiving" on our new sign, but Mikko wanted to do it himself. Here is "Happy."
(Yes, we changed into jammies halfway through.)
"Thanksgiving" had to go on another sheet. Man, that word is long! He started out writing it himself with me dictating the letters, but then I got the brainstorm to write it out so he could copy it. He liked that even better!
Yup, that says "Thanksgiving." Don't even doubt it.
Of course we (he) had to tape our beautiful new Turkey Day signs to the door so everyone could enjoy the spirit of the holiday.
I'd say that's suitably festive!
Have you do any turkey crafts this year? What are your Thanksgiving plans? Am I invited?