Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I could already use some turkey with mashed potatoes! But for now we will just have to settle for some cute, kid made turkeys with some of those Thanksgiving scents!
To start with you need some construction paper to make turkey parts, and unless you have bigger kids that can cut shapes fairly well, you will be stuck with the cutting, but the rest of the project is simple (I wanted to make sure my 3 year old could take part too)! So cut out a turkey body, wattle (the red hangy down thing), beak, and feathers for each kid. We used 10 feathers per turkey because I had picked out 10 commonly used Thanksgiving spices.
The spices I chose were parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary, bay leaves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves. I did buy some cheapy bottles when I could find them because I just didn’t know how much waste there would be!
Now you can have the kids paint glue (we used straight Elmer’s School Glue) on each feather and “sprinkle” with the spice they selected. I use the term sprinkle loosely considering some of our feathers were quite covered and quite fragrant!
All of my kids enjoyed choosing spices for their feathers, and I think at least the girls managed to use all the spices I had set out. You could tell Eli gravitated towards the dessert spices more; I think he ended up with 4 cinnamon feathers!
Once the feathers are set aside to dry, the kids put together their turkey bodies. All they had to do was glue on the wattle and beak and then stick on some eyes. Pretty quick and easy here!
Now assemble the whole turkey and wait for it to dry! This part is definitely easier if the kids have left the lower part of the feather spice free!
We ended up mounting ours on a piece of white paper due to the weight of the feathers. Now they can hang happily, and the kids can smell them whenever they like!