Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Thankful Turkey

It's easy.

It's fun to do.

It's a great tool for teaching your kids to count their blessings.

Normal kids, of course.


The Starnes kids took it to another level this year and tried to out-do each other.  Lainey glued on the first feather while Jack was furiously coloring and writing his own.  It turned into a competition, feelings were hurt and one started crying.

Which made me think - this isn't unlike the Thanksgiving holiday itself. 

Turkey, tears and grievances. 

If one of them had a drink in his hand, it would be all the more realistic.

I knew my kids were brilliant.

instructions:

Start with the basic turkey shape (2 circles, a beak, legs and don't forget the gobbler)....and add a feather every day for what each child is thankful for. I bet you'll be surprised what your kiddos come up with!

We start this every year at the beginning of November and then by Thanksgiving, you have a turkey filled with all your blessings. Enjoy!

17 comments:

Chell said...

Adorable idea!

Stacie said...

Very cute. We are doing something like this for church.

BrownEyedGirlsMom said...

Once again making the rest of us look bad. I am going to pull out my construction paper tonight and start working on it! Time to change your header! You could do pics of your Thankful turkeys throughout the year .... I may do this as a craft when I teach Sunday school next week .

merrilee said...

I love this. I remember you doing this in the past and always telling myself I would follow. Have yet to do it, but great plans to this year. Thanks for the idea!

M.R. said...

THat is a really cool idea- it's good for all of us to remember the things we are grateful for!

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Dee Stephens said...

I tried doing this with the niece and nephew last year and they.were.not.interested.at.all.
I was pretty bummed out :(

~KS said...

Just be on notice... once the tiny human is born and old enough to do shit (and I guess I will still be talking like that once she's here too), I am contacting you daily to come up with amazing activties for her. Cuz you are way mom of the year.

I especially like that someone (my guess is Jack) is grateful for traims.

Kelley said...

That is so cute and does seem easy enough to do. Let's see if I can get myself together to do it tomorrow! Love it.

Darcy said...

best. idea. ever.
(stealing...)

Impulsive Addict said...

Awww..what a cute idea! I wanna see it after Thanksgiving. I can do this next year with Emma. Now let's see if I will remember....

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Well, they've got almost a month to make sense of it all, right? ;-) Cute craft!

Monica said...

I repinned this so that I will remember to do it when Lyla is old enough :) I think this is a GREAT idea and I LOVE it!

Jodee said...

Love, love, love your thankful turkey!

Malinda said...

Love the "Traims" feather too. One year I am going to make one of these!

Wiz said...

What a great idea! There is NO telling what Colt would come up with.

Sara said...

I love this idea!!

jamie@eighteen25 said...

so cute. thanks for sharing. :)