Can you guess how many turkeys Americans cook and eat during the Thanksgiving holiday? More than 45 million! In preparation for Turkey Day, create an adorable, non-edible turkey decked out with colorful bursts of tissue paper that pop off the page. This fluffy gobbler is a three-dimensional twist on the classic handprint turkey, and looks great gracing a wall, refrigerator, or even the dinner table (just kidding).
What You Do:
- Place your child’s hand flat in the center of the paper. Trace completely around your child’s hand to form the body and feathers of the turkey.
- Invite her to choose a color to start with. Place the eraser end of the pencil in the center of a tissue paper square and scrunch the tissue paper up around it.
- Keeping the tissue paper on the pencil, rub a little glue onto it and attach it to the turkey's body, using the pencil to press the tissue paper down onto the paper. Lift the pencil away.
- Repeat this process until the turkey is fully covered with tissue paper “feathers.”
- Once the glue has dried, encourage your child to give her turkey more personality by drawing other body parts such as eyes, legs, and a beak.
Did You Know?
The fleshy part that hangs under a turkey’s chin is called a wattle. Use a red pen or red tissue paper to put a wattle on your tissue paper turkey!