A Turkey for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Canada is coming soon and in preparation for the holiday, I did an activity with my grade 1 class: we spoke about what it means to give thanks, what we are thankful for – and of course what we eat for the Thanksgiving dinner.

For the holiday craft I chose to help the children make a turkey. (If you are interested in doing this craft you can visit enchantedlearning.com which is where I found the instructions). Using colourful pieces of construction paper, I traced their hands (three times) and their feet (amidst some giggles). They were excited to create the craft as they had seen what mine looked like:

My Turkey Craft. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Once the feet had been traced, the children practised their cutting skills:

Cutting the parts of the turkey. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

And then the gluing got underway:

Gluing the turkey parts together. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Once the turkey had been assembled, I asked the children to write at least five words on the bird which expressed what they were thankful for. Previously we had brainstormed and written the words on the board. I helped them find the words once they had told me what they wanted to write. The result? Beautiful turkeys that were similar to mine, and yet had their own individual characteristics:

Turkeys created by a grade 1 class. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

An even closer view of some of the turkeys:

Close-up of their turkeys. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

And I could not resist recording the outcome from another angle:

View of turkeys from another angle. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

When I compare the children’s result to mine, I find they did a good job. And I know they will proudly carry their turkey home on Friday in time for Thanksgiving.

Do you enjoy making holiday crafts?

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post. The prompt this week is Mine)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

33 thoughts on “A Turkey for Thanksgiving

  1. Yes, I remember making turkeys for Thanksgiving, wearing stovepipe hats for Lincoln’s birthday, and, going to a Catholic school, a number of faith-based items. Mom kept them all. 🙂


    1. I think so. Some of the boys mentioned their gaming devices; but some mentioned things like trees, their pets, their family, and one mentioned cheese 🙂
      Not bad for 5 and 6 year olds.


    1. They enjoyed every minute – and were so proud of their creations. It is rewarding to work with children that age – they take pleasure in the simple things.


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