Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thankful Turkeys

For Family Home Evening last night we made "Thankful Turkeys". I got the idea from here. I loved her idea of a turkey you could use over and over, but I knew there was no way I would be able to do that project this year with a new baby, so I used her pattern as a starting place and made each family member his/her own turkey that could go in our scrapbook. I premade the turkeys after the kids were in bed Sunday night. I made 4 of them and it took maybe and hour or an hour and a half. Cutting out the feathers took the longest time. I traced a peanuts lid and cup overlapping to make the body and then used the Roots and Wings feather pattern for the "gobble" and tried to eyeball my own feather pattern in the size I needed by looking at the shape she used. I would have just used her pattern, but my printout of it was much smaller and I don't have a copier that I can enlarge it one, so I improvised. I got the pieces all glued onto the black cardstock and let them dry overnight (I just used elmer's glue because it was easy and I had tons of it). As we were leaving for school I showed the kids the turkeys and told them we would be writing things we were thankful for on them later ( I was hoping if I talked about it my daughter would start to understand, so she could come up with some things on her own). My daughter surprised me by immediately telling me she was thankful for lip gloss (you have no idea how much we go through lately!). Anyway, it really helped to talk about it through the day. By the time we got to Family Night, all they had to do was put the things they were thankful for on the feathers. My son was able to write his own and loved using a Sharpie. My daughter told me what to write and pointed to which color feather she wanted it written on.


urban craft said...

this is so great. I can't wait til my little guy is older so he can make one!

Heidi said...

I'm so glad you like it. It was really fun and honestly if your child can talk or point, you could probably do it with him, especially if you spend a few days before you do it talking about things you are thankful for and things he might be thankful for.

Rob Dog said...

Paige's turkey is SO funny!! I love that lip gloss is on there! She must have forgotten how much she loves her giant purple hat from Wendy! Only problem...I dont see my name on there!! Unacceptable!! :) But really I love this idea! I think I will do it next year, hopefully Hayd will have a little bigger vocabulary by then! :)