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November 2016

Turkey Color Matching

Another fun activity to do around Thanksgiving is Turkey Color Matching.  This activity is simple and a great way to work on colors! 

You’ll need:

  • Fruit Loops
  • A turkey blackline
  • Crayons
  • Glue

The first step is to obtain a turkey blackline.  I drew mine and it wasn’t too hard, but the Internet has an abundance to choose from as well.

Next, color the turkey.  For my class I colored the feathers and let the kids color the bodies.  I really wanted to focus on color matching and wanted to make sure each feather was clearly only one color.

Now the Fruit Loops get glued to the feather with the matching color.  An easy way for toddlers to use glue and not use too much is to place a bowl of Fruit Loops on the table and a bowl with a thin layer of glue.  The kids will pick a Fruit Loop, dip it in the glue, and then glue it to the feather with the matching color!

 Being able to match two colors is an awesome feat, but it isn’t the same as knowing the name of the color.  A quick way to add this into the activity it to have the child name the color as they are gluing it onto the feather.  Once they are done matching Fruit Loops to the turkey feathers set it aside and while it’s drying snack on some left over Fruit Loops!  What’s the point in learning with food if you don’t get to enjoy some at the end, right?

Toilet Paper Roll Turkeys

Gobble Gobble Gobble.  Thanksgiving is almost here!  One of my all time favorite crafts for this time of year is the Toilet Paper Roll Turkey.  I look forward to making it every year!  

You’ll need

  • Several different colors of paint
  • Paper plates
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange construction paper 

I put together several parts of this craft for the kids but, as always, it’s up to you how much of the craft they do themselves.  I painted the toilet paper rolls and cut out the beaks ahead of time and then the kids got to paint the half paper plates however they wanted.  They needed a little guidance on painting the white areas and not mixing all the colors in one spot, but all in all they turned out really well!

After the plates dry, glue the toilet paper roll in the center leaving some plate showing at the top.  This is the turkey body.  Then add the eyes and beak and you’ve got yourself a Thanksgiving Toilet Paper Roll Turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

Leaf Rubbings

With the leaves falling and autumn in full swing, it’s a great time to do leaf rubbings.  You could really do rubbings of any flat object, but leaf rubbings are traditional and it’s the perfect time to do it.

All you need is:

  • A couple leaves
  • A sheet of paper
  • Some crayons
  • Tape

    It took me a few tries to figure out the best way to do this with a toddler age group.  The first few times the paper moved all around which caused the image of the leaf to not turn out recognizable.  I finally realized that tape was the secret weapon!

    I put the leaves on the table, placed the paper over top and taped the paper to the table.  This way there would be no movement from the paper and the leaf image would turn out great!  

    Now it’s time to start rubbing!  I have found that little fingers have more control with rubbings when they hold a jumbo crayon.  I would think that the triangle jumbo crayons would work even better as they have flat sides that would lay flat on the paper!   Which brings me to my next point.  To make the rubbing you need to remove the paper from the crayon and rub the side of the crayon all over the paper.  Coloring with the tip of the crayon will not leave a recognizable final image.

    Once they’re done coloring, untape the paper, and take a look at the images!

    How To Make Hot Potato More Fun

    1. Use a real potato.

    Kids love silly things, and what’s sillier than using a real potato for hot potato?  Just make sure to do a practice round around the circle so they can get all of their curiosity about the potato out of their systems.

    2.  When the music stops, let the child left holding the potato name something from a predetermined category.

    An example of this would be favorite food.  Each time the potato stops, that child gets to name their favorite food.

    3. No one gets “out”.

    No 2 year old in their right mind wants to be left out of a game.  Make it fun for the kids who end up with the hot potato, not a negative.  This way the game can continue on until the children start to get bored of it. 

    An old school game like Hot Potato is still a brand new concept to toddlers, and these additions to the game will help to encourage participation!

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