The Roo is just getting to the age where crafting is possible. She has her own sewing machine, loves to draw with crayons and markers and she is all over the whole "making a mess" thing. So, with Thanksgiving right around the corner and an antsy toddler in the house, I decided to give crafting a shot. After browsing Pinterest for easy Thanksgiving related crafts, we finally settled on a construction paper hand/footprint turkey, an idea that originated here. That link, of course has it's own instructions, but I thought it would be more fun to see the project come to life with The Roo. Are you ready? Here we go:
Gather up all of your supplies, crafting with an almost three year old is already a precarious project so its best to be sure you're READY! You will need:
-Pencil or pen
-Construction or scrapbook paper in brown, orange, red and yellow (or whatever color you want your turkey to be, we didn't stray too far away from the original)
-Googly eyes, pom poms, buttons, sequins, rhinestones etc for eyes and other decorations-if your toddler can sit still through the entire project...mine was ready to be done before we could Bedazzle the heck outta those tail feathers, but c'est la vie...there's always Christmas!
-Washable glue and a glue stick
-Popsicle sticks, optional-we didn't use them, but had them just in case
I discovered that small children are like magpies-if there's something tiny and shiny (like a sequin or rhinestone, for example) they will jump in (sticky fingers first) with all the gusto of a kitten in a yarn shop and those sequins will go flying faster than The Blue Angels. I learned this one the hard way, yikes. Here's how to avoid that:
Next, have your child trace her hand, if she's able to, or you can do it for her. Remy is all about having her hands traced so this was extra fun. Be sure to trace both left and right on all three colors:
Once you've got her hands traced, it's time to trace a foot. This was an especially good time for Roo because I allowed her to stand on the table for it! (GASP!! The unthinkable, Mom!! Let's do it!!)
So, now you have all the pieces to make your turkey. To avoid your little one getting antsy while you're busy cutting out their feet and hands, give them a pencil and some paper and let them trace their hands. This will take them some time and will allow you to get everything cut out (hopefully)-especially if you have an extra pair of fancy-cutting scissors to let them use.
And then finally, give your turkey some legs and feet. The Roo really wanted to use some green scraps from her hand print cutting and a couple of snowflake sequins for the feet.