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.
As a child I loved play dough! It’s no wonder that my kids always have play dough on hand. It’s super easy to make and there are so many developmental benefits to playing with play dough. I recently added a Fall twist to the homemade play dough recipe that I use. (Recipe included at the end of this post). I added nutmeg and cinnamon to the dough. In addition to the scented play dough I gave the children different tools and accessories. I loosely suggested that they make turkeys and the results were pretty unique.
Some of my fondest childhood memories definitely include baking with my grandmother. She was always so patient with me, which I believe made me more interested in learning and everything tasted so good. She was teaching me math and science skills long before I started school. Though most importantly she created a warm and nurturing environment that years later still warms my heart while passing along culture. When you involve children in an activity that they usually see adults perform it also boosts their confidence. There are so many factors that contribute to our cultures. Culture is passed from generations through language, story telling, and traditions. All things that are important to me while raising J & A. This week we made my favorite Pumpkin Bread (Muffins in this case). This recipe isn’t from my grandmother’s kitchen but I think it will stay in mine for years to come because it is absolutely delicious!!!
American Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the children are excited. I think part of the excitement is that the countdown to Christmas in our home doesn’t start until after the November holiday. We put a little spin on our turkeys this year.