I firmly believe that the Thanksgiving handprint turkey craft can always use an upgrade. Ok, maybe saying “firmly believe” is a bit excessive. I’m just saying – I have a stockpile of these projects from my son’s preschool and early elementary school years. Somewhere packaged up in my parents’ basement there’s probably a decades-old box that holds my own sweet little handprint turkeys. While in all honestly I have no issue with this project, I’ve been trying to think of other types of turkey crafts.
A few days ago we made shaving cream turkeys. With a little bit of paint and a whole lot of shaving cream, paper shapes transformed into textured Thanksgiving art! This time I’m using corn. Corn says “fall” (the season) to me. So, I wanted to incorporate it into this holiday-themed activity.
Instead of a corn stalk, I’m opting for the popping (or rather, popped) kind. Whenever we make popcorn it always seems like half the bowl ends up on the floor. So, before the dog got to it, I rescued some of the popped kernels for this project.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Wax paper
· Tempera paint in fall colors (red, yellow, orange, brown)
· Construction paper
· A marker
· Clear-drying school glue
· Googley eyes
Here’s What to Do:
1. Draw a circle and an oval on a piece of paper. These are the head and body of the turkey. Cut these out.
2. Glue the oval and the circle onto another piece of paper.
3. Make a turkey face. Your child can glue two googley eyes onto the circle and draw a triangle as a beak.
4. Pour a few golf ball-sized pools of paint onto the wax paper. The wax paper will keep the paint from sinking through to the table.
5. Dip the popped popcorn into the first paint color. Have your child use it to make textured prints around the turkey as feathers.
6. Repeat this process with other colors.
Are you looking for more Thanksgiving projects? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!