Hands on learning and craft project have proven to increase student learning. The arts and crafts our kids do and bring home serve another valuable purpose. They bring joy to the eyes of many beholders. Bringing our kids crafts out each year, no matter how battered, are not only nostalgic reminders of time past, they contribute to our family story.
The kids identify with each craft they made. These items become part of our family culture and traditions as much as the turkey and pumpkin pie. The paper plate turkeys and handprints serve a purpose that binds us together. Comments and recognition of the crafts from parents and grandparents translate into feelings of acceptance by the kids. An emotional connection is made. A feeling of security and gratitude is created.
It’s the process that counts in these crafts, not the product. That is what makes them so endearing. Here are 3 suggestions for Thanksgiving crafts.
1. Kids 2-4: Tracing hands and turning the outlines into turkeys is a favorite activity.Here are variations on this common theme. For this age group, the tracing, cutting and gluing develops fine motor skills. The final product, whatever it looks like, is their contribution to the Thanksgiving table décor.
2. Kids 2-6 : Bubble Wrap Indian Corn from Kiwi Crate. (www.kiwicrate) is a craft the kids literally jump on! Let them break the bubbles. Cut out a turkey shape instead of cornhusks. Then apply paint colors and feathers, their choice. The process is as fun as the final product. Put it on your front door for everybody to enjoy.
3. Kids 6+ will find wire sculpture wooden spool birds created by Joel Henriques, imaginatively fun as well as challenging. Look at newpaper or magazine pictures to develop your kids awareness about how a mood or a pose communicates an action or attitude. Then let the kids create a flock of birds with personality.
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Feiler, B. (2013, March 16). The Stories That Bind Us. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
Henriques, J. (2011). Play Zoo! In made to play! (p. 33). Boston: Roost Books.
Hallowe’en is just around the corner. Pumpkins on your doorstep are creating a will-o’-the-wisp mood. Kids are excited and planning their costumes. Now is the time for them to have fun with gooey, gushy sensory experience stuff.
Older kids can create fun for the whole family. Blogmemom has more than 15 suggested activities. Be prepared for the mess!
Kids 3-10 will have fun with these FREE printables that add a bit of Hallowe’en fun in their lunch boxes from Crafting Chicks.
And for dinner, if you still have energy, serve witches fingers with this creepy idea for bug juice from Real Simple.
I purchased unfinished brown paper mache coffin boxes online for $6.99 for an added creep factor.
WITCHES FINGER RECIPE
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¾ cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¾ cut whole blanched almonds
1 tube red decorator gel.
Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Beat in flour gradually. Add baking powder, salt. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
1. On a piece of wax paper, roll out a heaping teaspoon of dough into a finger shape
3.Let the kids use a blunt knife to make slashes in several places to form the knuckle
4. Place an almond on one end of “finger”
5.On a lightly greased baking sheet, bake fo 20-25 minutes at 350F.
6.Let cool a few minutes
7.Lift almond and squeeze some red gel into the “nail bed”