Thanksgiving is often the overlooked holiday. Last year my then five year old waged a verbal war with Turkey Day. He was literally annoyed by its mere presence. Why? It was a roadblock and detour on the way to Christmas, of course. This year we are attempting to embrace the holiday. He definitely understands the importance of giving thanks for life’s blessings, but still only being six, it’s got to be fun too.
This year we made Popsicle Stick Thankful Turkeys. After enjoying lots of delicious and yummy Popsicles, Fudgsicles, and Creamsicles were had a bunch of sticks leftover. In an attempt to enjoy the holiday and count our blessings my family created these fun and easy to assemble turkeys.
Ultimately the supplies we needed were all naturally on hand in our home. I don’t own a tremendous amount of craft supplies, so I love using those items that are handy.
I used a can to make the round, circle of the turkeys body and I cut the rest of the parts by hand. This part does require adult help. But kids can assemble the pieces together. However I think the best part is encouraging children to be creative when thinking of items to be thankful for. These items can be added to the wings of the turkey.
We used a gluestick on the paper parts of the turkey body, but we used a sturdy tape to secure the Popsicle feathers to the back of the turkey.
This activity would be great before the holiday, but can even be created the day of. Having kids focus on what they are thankful for is so sweet and a great keepsake of their particular age.
If you would prefer something a bit easier just use stickers instead of actually writing words.
At my husband’s suggestion this turkey suggested the things he was thankful for including- pumpkin pie, bread broccoli, pizza, vegans, salads, and chickens. Basically this turkey was thankful for all items that do not involve actually eating turkey:)
You can even give your turkey a little character. Perhaps a mustache? Or glasses?
Whatever your style or preference these cute little characters can help your kids celebrate this cozy, family holiday.