My 3-year-old son is finally at an age where we can do crafts together. I have found that over the past 6 months while teaching him the alphabet, I have used crafts to not only teach him letters but to also connect with him. Over Thanksgiving, we took a break from the alphabet to just focus on fun holiday activities. One of which is thisThanksgiving Turkey Wind Blower.
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I used a large tin can to make my Thanksgiving Turkey Wind Blower. You can also use a toilet paper or paper towel roll if you’re afraid of little fingers getting cut on the can. After we painted the can and cut out feathers, I asked my son what he loves most in the world. Since he’s not quite old enough to understand what “thankful” means I used the word love and then I wrote his answers on each turkey feather.
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Thanksgiving Turkey Wind Blower Materials Needed:
- Brown acrylic paint
- Tin can, paper towel or toilet paper roll
- Can opener
- Googly eyes
- Yellow and orange crepe paper/streamer (Target, Walmart, or Dollar Tree)
- Hot glue gun
- Fishing Line-15” piece
- Remove the top and bottom of your tin can. If you’re doing this craft with a small child, you can use a paper towel roll cut in half or a toilet paper roll.
- Paint the can brown (no need to if you’re using a toilet paper roll).
- Cut 9 strips of yellow and orange streamers, each about 10” long. If you’re using a cardboard roll, cut 4 strips about 8” long.
- Cut a 15” piece of fishing line and set aside.
- Cut out 6-7 feathers and write what your child is thankful for on each. Also, cut out a nose and snood (gobbler).
- Attach feathers, eyes, and snood.
- Glue yellow and orange streamers (side by side) on the inside of the tin can or cardboard roll (at the bottom).
- Next, glue the fishing line to the inside of the tin can or cardboard roll (at the top). Allow about 3” on each side to be glued down, this will give it extra support when hanging.
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While constructing our Thanksgiving Turkey Wind Blower, I tried to explain to my toddler the meaning of Thanksgiving in the most basic way possible—a story I’m sure I’ll retell all week, many times!
Once your Wind Blower is dry, hang it up inside or outside, somewhere you and your children can enjoy it.
How did your Thanksgiving Turkey Wind Blower turn out? Take pictures and share your comments below. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving crafts?
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Meagan has been married for seven years and is a proud new mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 18 years ago in high school; they got married 11 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her one year son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and fishing dog food from his mouth, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbeque anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.