The turkey is a silly bird;
His head goes wobble, wobble.
And all he knows is ju-ust one word:
Gobble, gobble, gobble!
Simple and rather silly, but it has remained a favorite in our household, and it is once again seasonal. And it was the inspiration for our Thanksgiving cards this year.
This is such a great activity for preschoolers and any mamas who don't want to put together anything too intricate (Beth or Kristi). All you really need is colored paper, coffee filters, and food coloring or markers.
In all my Pinterest browsing, I discovered one way to decorate coffee filters is to color them in washable marker and then spray them down with water. That didn't work so well for us. Maggie was only willing to color in about 1/1000 of the coffee filter, and so we didn't get much design. I only mention it in case someone wants to try this without food coloring.
Food coloring and the fine motor benefits of using squeeze bottles was the best route for us. And since we're not deterred by tail feathers in inauthentic colors, we used all four colors. According to Maggie, our turkeys have "rainbow tails." I think it helps to spray the coffee filters with water after food coloring application. It spread out the colors a bit more and helps them run together.
Two pieces of advice here:
1. The coffee filters actually dry much better on parchment paper.
2. Be careful with your toddler while these are drying. He might think he can ingest them. Food coloring can't be healthy. And it stains skin.
After we had dry turkey tails, I scalloped the edges and gathered them together with some hot glue.
We used the paper, ribbons, pipe cleaners, etc. we had on hand to decorate the cards. And traced inside messages, of course.
|"I drew a picture of you, Mama. See your curly hair?"|
By the way, both my children have insisted on learning the hard way that the hot glue gun is indeed hot. I think they've internalized the concept now, though.
Oh, and here's our first version using a toilet paper roll. It's pretty flimsy and tends to fall of the mantel, which is why it's a little worse for wear. The youngest member of our family is hell-bent on destruction sometimes.