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Preschool turkey craft

Hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed thanksgiving! We had a nice time too. Skandha had his thanksgiving break at school and we were busy at home doing crafts and preschool activities. I know am posting this turkey craft a week after the turkey day, but better late than never. I’m glad I posted about our LO’s thanksgiving craft at-least before Christmas (ha ha!)

This preschool thanksgiving turkey craft is nothing new. Yes it is the very popular turkey craft made using toilet paper roll and colorful construction papers. But the way we proceeded with making this craft is something special that I would like to share here. Almost 90% of the work was done by my preschooler ( 3 years and one month old). This craft  involved lot of fine motor activities and preschool math.

Day 1: Preschool scissors practice.

I drew lines on the construction papers. Skandha had to follow the lines to cut paper strips.

Preschool cutting practice

Preschool cutting practice

Preschool scissors practise

Preschool scissors practise

Day 2: Cutting slanted line

Skandha had to cut the slanted lines to make the paper strips resemble turkey’s wings.

Practice cutting slanted lines

Practice cutting slanted lines

Day 3: Tracing numbers and practice pincer grip.

Skandha has been learning to write at school. They take a number every week and concentrate learning about it the entire week. He had learned till number 6 just before the thanksgiving holidays. I wanted to him practice all the numbers he had learned at school. So I wrote the numbers on the paper strips (cut previously). The idea was to use cotton swabs (cotton buds) and poster paint to trace the numbers. Holding the cotton swabs between the fingers helps in strengthening pincer grip.

Pincer grip - preschool fine motor skill

Pincer grip – preschool fine motor skill

Tracing numbers

Tracing numbers

Everything was going well till my boy accidentally applied paint on his hands! Then all hell broke loose… nope no kidding!! My preschooler doesn’t like to get his hands messy/dirty though he enjoys messy activities. So the original plan of using cotton swabs was dropped.

Number tracing with paint and cotton swabs

Number tracing with paint and cotton swabs

LO didn’t want to use paint any more so we switched to crayons to trace the numbers.

Preschool number tracing activity

Preschool number tracing activity

Day 4: Making the turkey

I took a toilet paper roll and marked eyes and beak with a pencil. Skandha followed the pencil marks to glue googly eyes and felt paper beak. He helped me in attaching the wings too. The only part that I had to do was – attach the legs.

Here is our cute lil turkey! Hope you like it too :)

Preschool turkey craft

Preschool turkey craft

PS: I felt that asking a 3 year old to do entire activity at a stretch would be very tiresome. So I spilt the activities so that we had something to do everyday (during the thanksgiving break).

 

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