Has the fall been seriously insane for anyone else, or is it just in our house? I cannot believe how the fall has gone. My crazy night was only the tip of the iceberg. Luckily things seem to finally be calming down. I seriously don’t think I could have taken much more. This time of year brought something new for me though, a parent and teacher conference. I didn’t find out much I didn’t know though. The biggest thing Nick needs to work on is writing and cutting. Nick is ambidextrous so his hand use for things like writing and cutting isn’t the best since he has no dominant hand. Not surprisingly Nick’s teacher asked me to give him as many opportunities to work on these skills at home as I could. The problem is that Nick doesn’t like to do any of those things. My little perfectionist struggles with it, so I had to get creative. Since Thanksgiving is coming up I thought we could try his hands at making turkeys. A handprint and footprint turkey to be exact.
I wasn’t surprised that at first Nick wasn’t all that excited about my handprint and footprint turkey idea. Of course how many kids want to do things that are hard for them? Luckily though he got into the spirit once we got started. He especially enjoyed cutting and started cutting every piece of paper that was near him. Now that wasn’t what I was trying to get him to do, but he was using the scissors so I’ll take it! I was really happy with how the handprint and footprint turkey turned out. Besides the fact that the turkey is beyond cute I love how attaching it to the poem sheet just gives it a bit more. Now it isn’t just a project, but a cute sort of card. This would be such an adorable thing to give to grandparents on Thanksgiving day. You know they’ll totally eat it up!
Now I want to give credit where credit is due, so I have to share that I did not come up with this complete idea on my own. I was actually subbing in a 3rd grade class the other day and saw handprint and footprint turkeys sitting on their desks along with the poem that I used. They had used the poem a bit differently though. They just had the words typed up and then they had cut them out and glued them to their turkey. I preferred the idea of instead gluing the turkey to the poem. I think it gives it a more finished look, and it gives it a more card/gift feeling.
- Construction Paper (Brown for the body, white for the eyes, and then assorted colors for the feathers)
- Black Marker
- Glue Stick
- Printable Poem
How to Make Handprint and Footprint Turkey
- The first thing we did were the hand and foot tracings. We traced Nick’s foot first and then his hands. You’ll want to trace one foot on brown paper to create the body of the turkey. Then I would trace both hands on 3 different colors of construction paper.
- Once everything is traced you can cut all the pieces out.
- When everything is cut out play around with the handprints to figure out how you want to arrange them as the feathers. Once you have an idea of how you want them to be placed you can start gluing them on.
- With the body and feathers all put together it’s time to give your turkey a face and feet. Cut out two circles of white paper and glue them on for the eyes. Make large black dots in the middle of them to give the turkey eye balls. Then add his beak (just cut a corner of the construction paper to get a triangle) and giblet (for that I just make a squiggly shape to be cut out). We did glue the giblet under the beak. Finish off with some feet.
- Once your handprint and footprint turkey is all put together it’s time to add it to the poem page. How you position it will truly depend on how large your turkey is. Nick is tiny, so his turkey wasn’t that large. In fact his turkey hardly hangs off of the poem page at all, but your child’s might need to be positioned differently.
- Now your child’s beyond adorable handprint and footprint turkey is done! You may find that you need to rinse and repeat at this point if you were planning to give the turkey to someone. Nick loved his turkey so much that he wasn’t about to let it go!