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Thankful Turkeys

When David was about two, I saw this post on a friend’s website and thought it was crazy cute. However, the idea of plucking a feather from this poor turkey every day and ending up with a sad, naked, embarrassed little bird was just sad. But I just loved her alternate idea of writing down one thing you are thankful for every day in November. We have been doing it every year since, and a lot of my friends have started the tradition now too. And this year was fun because it’s the first time we made 3 thankful turkeys! 

Make cute Thankful Turkeys to count down to Thanksgiving! Kids write down one thing that they're thankful for each day in November.

Seeing what they come up with every day is one of my favorite things ever, because it usually ranges from practical {our house – Mason, age 2} to hilarious {all of the songs; dinosaur socks – Connor, age 3; Apple butter – David, age 5} to tear-jerking sweet {smiles, hugs – Connor, age 3; “vetrans” – David, age 6}.

They’re super easy to make. For each turkey, cut out one large brown oval for the body, one small brown circle for the head, a small orange triangle for the beak, and a wavy red piece for the snood. Then you need one feather for each day in November. Of course, this year, the first year we made 3 turkeys, Thanksgiving is as late as it can be, which meant I had fun cutting out 84 feathers. Tip: stack up your construction paper and cut a bunch at a time. Your scissor hand will thank me. {Great, now all I can think of is Edward Scissorhands.} 

Make cute Thankful Turkeys to count down to Thanksgiving! Kids write down one thing that they're thankful for each day in November.Once you have your feathers cut out, and assuming your hand still functions, write numbers 1-28 {or how ever many days there are in November up to Thanksgiving}, one on each feather.

Make cute Thankful Turkeys to count down to Thanksgiving! Kids write down one thing that they're thankful for each day in November.

 

Create the face by gluing on the beak and the snood and draw on eyes. Connor decided he wanted a girl turkey with eyelashes, while Mason went a little more Picasso-style.

Make cute Thankful Turkeys to count down to Thanksgiving! Kids write down one thing that they're thankful for each day in November.

 

Then glue on all the feathers! The boys like doing them out of order, because they think it’s fun to search for the right day {we’re easily entertained in this house}.

Make cute Thankful Turkeys to count down to Thanksgiving! Kids write down one thing that they're thankful for each day in November.

Make cute Thankful Turkeys to count down to Thanksgiving! Kids write down one thing that they're thankful for each day in November.

Make cute Thankful Turkeys to count down to Thanksgiving! Kids write down one thing that they're thankful for each day in November.

We made these last night {because I’m a slacker}, so we just came up with 6 things we were thankful for all at once. Trying to explain the concept of gratitude to a 2-year-old is tough, so I just told him to think of things he loves, things that he’s glad we have and things that make him happy. I think he did a pretty good job, myself.

Do you do anything to count down to Thanksgiving or talk about gratitude in your house?

Make cute Thankful Turkeys to count down to Thanksgiving! Kids write down one thing that they're thankful for each day in November.

 

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  • Leah Elizabeth Locklear
    November 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Love this idea!!!! Thanks for sharing! I loved the “Picasso” style turkey your son created! Little artist in the making!! LOL ~Leah~

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    November 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

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  • claire
    November 9, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Great project !!

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    Look forward to seeing you there πŸ™‚

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    November 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I love these cute little fellows perfect to countdown to thanksgiving with all our blessings
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