We had so much fun this week making lots and lots of turkeys! We made these adorable clothespin turkeys using cardboard and painted clothespins. They are great because the feathers can get moved all around, AND it works in a great deal of fine motor pinching practice at the same time!
Then we made these beautiful “Salty” turkeys as I called them! First we drew a turkey outline with glue. Then we covered the entire picture with a huge layer of salt. After we dumped the extra salt off, the children used droppers and liquid watercolors to paint the turkey. This is an art project and a science experiment rolled into one! They were fascinated with watching the paint spread out through the salt. Some of the colors even mixed on the salt to make new colors!
I tried to take a lot of pictures, because this art is very fragile. Once the salt, glue and paint begin to dry the salt starts to fall off. It definitely isn’t art you can hang on the wall. I tried something new this year, and I sprayed the turkeys after they dried with an acrylic coat of spray, but they still were falling apart. We will send them home (sorry about the mess), but they probably won’t last too long!
We also made beautiful turkey patterns using this homemade felt puzzle!
One of my favorite projects this week was making these Thanksgiving Day Centerpieces. First they filled little glass jars with rice, pipe cleaners, and bits and bobs. They were so creative with this project, and each one turned out so unique.
Our final products! We will definitely do this again!
This is little M taking her turkey painting very seriously. Ms. Brittany drew these awesome turkeys for the kids to paint at the easels.