Our Little Turkey Factory
Turkeys, you say? They look more like peanuts!
Peanuts with legs - green legs, at that!
At least they have "googly" eyes!
250 paper plate turkeys for one school's kindergarten and first graders to complete as a follow-up to the Thanksgiving stories in the school library/media center!
VERY rough sample! Partly finished turkey - wattle, but no beak yet - and without the 'googly' eyes.
Note this one has orange legs. With over 700 students coming to the library/media center each week, and no budget, any crafty little projects must be simple, quick, and very low-cost. (Of course it's mostly the kindergarteners and first graders who get to do things like this.) When I went to buy the 250 chenille sticks needed, there was a limited selection in the 'giant, economy size' packages - green, white, or assorted. I knew better than to get 'assorted' because everyone would want a different color than the one they received and they don't have that much time.
Of course, the stories, library skills, and book selection/check-out are the main events of a library/media class. This was a "just-for-fun" project for K & 1 to work on the last few minutes while taking turns selecting books to check out.
After all that gluing and realizing Mr. A-J had punched 1000 punches for the legs & hangers, we wondered if perhaps we were the real turkeys! The children all loved their turkeys, though, and were so happy to have something to take home as a gift for Mom or Grandma. Seeing how much they enjoyed coloring in the tail feathers made it all worthwhile. Wish I could've taken photos of some of the children at work!
Might do something similar with gingerbread men during December, but I need to get busy with a few swaps too! Not to mention housecleaning and all that :)