If you’ve ever stepped foot into a preschool, elementary school, or anywhere that has young children in November you will most likely see turkeys. You’ll see them in all colors and made out of almost anything. I’ve seen a turkey made out of men’s ties. (If I can find the photo I’ll post it.) It was really cool. Most often you’ll see turkeys made of little handprints. I personally think they’re pretty cute, some would say that their stifling children’s creativity. I recently read a blog post that I can identify with, so my philosophy is why not use handprints? It’s a tool that’s always with the child. To me it’s a perfect gateway to self expression.
This year I wanted to make sure J & A were highly involved with Thanksgiving. The best way I found to make them be a part was to have them make our tablecloth. I think it turned out great and think we may have started a new family tradition.
I painted the children’s hands so they could put them on a piece of butcher paper.
They were then responsible to paint beaks and legs. (Some turkeys ended up without legs but no biggie.)
Then they simply wanted to paint so that wasn’t a problem either, but I do admit that the theme of turkeys had to remain. They created cute turkeys and A pointed out that you could make patterns with their feathers. Before I knew it A was adding suns (rays included) onto the tablecloth.
Our table was complete with our Thanksgiving feast and it was heart warming to see their tablecloth as our backdrop.
Having the children take part in the preparations of a special occasion is another way to nurture young minds.