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:
Once the feet had been traced, the children practised their cutting skills:
And then the gluing got underway:
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:
An even closer view of some of the turkeys:
And I could not resist recording the outcome from another angle:
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