By Brenda Ponnay
Brenda Ponnay, author of the Secret Agent Josephine blog, is a regular contributor to ToriAvey.com. Her craft blogs are kid and family friendly; each project will help children learn the deeper meaning of the Jewish holidays. Today’s craft: Turkey Puppets
Thanksgiving means a busy kitchen, and keeping the kids entertained in the midst of all that cooking can be a challenge. Here’s a fun printable holiday craft to engage your creative youngsters while you put those finishing touches on the Thanksgiving table! Even better if you have a spare uncle or aunt on hand to help them with the tricky cutting parts.
Supplies You Will Need:
1. Turkey Puppet Printable (click here) – print on regular paper or white cardstock for a more sturdy puppet
3. White glue or gluestick
5. Feathers and googly eyes (optional embellishments)
First you will need to print this —> Turkey Puppet Printable (click here) on your home inkjet printer. Cut it out along the outside lines. You can cut off the turkey feet if cutting around the little curves is too difficult. Personally, I think they add a super cute detail but proceed based on your child’s skill level.
When you have everything printed and cut out, turn the puppet over and fold the two sides of the beak inwards on the dotted line. Tape closed. This will be where you put your fingers for the puppet. Also close and tape the two long tabs on either side of the turkey head. You can add the waddle to the beak with a dot of glue.
Next, wrap the wings into a loop (as shown at right) and secure from the inside with a small piece of tape. This can be adjusted tighter or looser to fit your child’s hand. My daughter chose to put this part around her wrist while I put it above my thumb. Do whatever fits you best.
You’ll also want to fold the tail feathers up along the dotted line (shown at left).
Insert your hand and make any adjustments you might need and you are ready to play! Gobble gobble!
You can squeeze a little more fun out of this craft by embellishing with real feathers and googly eyes. You might even want to add names and use these cute little turkeys as placecard decorations on your table.
Or just use them as cute homemade holiday decorations.