Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

We were very thankful for Carrie Enyart of the Lee County Cooperative Extension last Thursday, November 20. She showed up with "Tom," an enormous Bourbon Red turkey who was very well behaved throughout the program.

We also made pinecone turkeys, and this is an easy craft for you to do if you're looking for something to keep the little ones occupied. They make great place markers for your Thanksgiving table.

You will need:

pinecones--try to find some that have "open" splines on them. Tightly closed cones won't really work for this activity.
construction paper--red, yellow, orange and one color for the head. (Or, choose your own colors. Psychedelic turkey, anyone?)
googly eyes (or just draw your own eyes)

Cut out three long "feathers," one of each color.
Cut out a head.
Cut out a yellow beak and a curved red wattle. (This is that jiggly piece of cartiledge-y stuff that hangs down on the turkey's beak.)

Glue the tail feathers together in a fan shape.
Glue the beak and the wattle to the head.
Draw or attach googly eyes.

Insert tail feather section into widest section of pinecone.
Insert head into narrowest part of pinecone.
You can try to glue these in, but it may not help.
If using for place cards, insert name card in middle of bird.

See photo!

And while you're working, you can say these little poems:

I have a turkey, big and fat.
He spreads his wings and walks like that. (Put hands on hips and strut.)
His daily corn he would not miss,
and when he talks he talks like this:
Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!

The turkey is a funny bird.
His head goes "wobble, wobble."
And he says just one word:
Gobble, gobble, gobble.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am thankful for all of you and your beautiful children. I am also thankful for Ms. Delisa Williams, the children's librarian assistant.

Story time will resume on Wednesday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 4 at 11:00 a.m. See you then!

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