A poem for reminding us what all of our decorations symbolize.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I have these Jack-Be-Little pumpkins all over my house, serving as a nice decoration. I kept looking at them wanting to do something unique with them, and came up with this. I think they make darling decorations! This is a great activity for fine motor skills practice.
If you assemble the turkey, 12 months and up. The child will need to be older for assembling.
- Pumpkin (you could also use a pear, apple...whatever)
- Turkey head printed out
- Have your child color the turkey head.
- If your child is able, have him cut out the turkey head.
- Tape the turkey head to the toothpick.
- You can either slide the toothpick into the turkey or poke a hole in the turkey with a nail and have your child slide it in.
- Poke holes for the feathers. Either you put them in, or have your child do it if he is able.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I got this idea from the Disney Family Fun website, an idea by Tiffany Yang. She has a cute website called Cute Food For Kids with a few other turkey ideas you should check out, like handprint cookie turkeys. So cute!! (Which makes sense, given the site name). :)
I precut the head and beak. The stand for the turkey is just the bottom of the apple cut off and flipped over, then toothpicked (is that a word?) on. Toothpicks, marshmallows, some sort of gummy snacks/Dots type candy and an apple. Easy! If you don't have marshmallows, you can use all gummy snacks.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Involving Young Children on Thanksgiving Day
Tips for getting your young children involved in this holiday that can seem ambiguous to them.
Making a Menu
Have your children make a menu for the big meal.
Thankful Place Mat
Have your children make a place mat to eat off of that shows the things they are thankful for.
Positional Words: A Thanksgiving Game
A game for all ages.
Turkey Table Toppers
Last years Thanksgiving books.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
This story is very funny and is sure to get giggles out of your children. This is a fun Thanksgiving Read.
The Pilgrims Thanksgiving from A to Z by Laura Crawford
This book is full of infomration about Thanksgiving. It isn't just a picture book with "P is for Pilgrim". It has the letter, what it stands for, then at least a full paragraph elaborating on the item. So you could focus on the letters with your little ones (young toddlers, pretoddlers, and babies), but also go into much more historical detail with your older children (toddlers, preschoolers, an children). I really like this book.
Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell
This is about chilren recounting what they learned about Thanksgiving Day. It has good information while still being interesting.
Thanksgiving Mice! by Bethany Roberts
A group of mice put on a play about the first Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving Surprise by Peggy Archer
Two brothers go looking for a turkey to eat on Thanksgiving. They end up coming home with a giant pumpkin instead. This is a fun story.
I'm A Turkey by Jim Arnosky
This is a fun turkey book to read. I would get this from the library, but probably not buy it.
A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman
Raegan mentioned this last year, but it is so good it must be mentioned again. This is our favorite turkey book this year, and really is worth it to own this one. I like it so much I found myself a little taken aback when the librarian didn't read this for story time to the Kindergarteners today--she read a different turkey book! Then I had to laugh at myself. So it is a good one.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
First of all, sorry for the terribly small picture. I took this with my phone at Brayden's school. I helped in Brayden's class this month as they made these cute turkey plates. IF I remember, when he brings it home this year, I will take a picture and add it to this post so there will be a better picture for future reference. This is a fun Thanksgiving decoration! It is great for counting, colors, fine motor, an art project, and following a sequence of directions.
- Two white paper plates
- Six long strips of paper: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
- Six short strips of paper: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
- One short orange strip of paper (for the feet)
- One printed turkey head (try this one http://kidsdomain.com/craft/cegif/pum-tur3-head.gif)
- Glue stick
- Stapler (optional)
- Have the child color the bottom of each plate brown. This is the side that you do not eat from.
- Have the child color and cut out the turkey head.
- Have the child cut the strips of paper so the ends resemble feathers. Most of the Kindergartners cut the ends like at an angle.
- Have the child cut out the orange strip to look like feet.
- Have the child glue the turkey head on the brown side of one of the plates.
- Have the child glue the feathers on the white side of the other plate. Glue the tall feathers in the middle and short feathers on the sides.
- Have the child glue the feet on the bottom of the same plate.
- Staple (or glue) the two plates together.
- Viola! You have a turkey.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
- Paper plates
Mouses First Fall by Lauren Thompson
Learn about colors and shapes of leaves with this book.
The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler
A story about loving something for what it is and not judging by appearances.
Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
This is Kaitlyn's favorite so far this year. She loves the bouncy rhymes in this book.
When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger
Metzger is a well-known, popular author. This is a funny book with a cause/effect theme in it.
Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
This has fiction and nonfiction mixed together. This is about the cycle of leaves throughout the year, so a great science-focus book.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by Lucille Colandro
A funny, silly book with a familiar character--the swallowing lady :)
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert