See below for information on how to make the Turkey Block for November!
This is a sample of our Monthly Block from September.
I have had so many requests for special directions and patterns for the "Monthly Blocks" that I am going to be making these available to those who are interested in purchasing this resource. You will be provided with full colored pictures, patterns and detailed directions. There is a different character for each of the months from September through May.
An on line link will be provided to access the directions and patterns. Please make sure you provide the correct email address for me to be able to send you this link. There are no shipping charges since this is a digital link. You will be able to start your projects as soon as you receive this link.
The blocks that the children make use a 2x4x6 inch piece of wood. They last forever and will be a family treasure for many, many years to come. Many parents tell me that they still have all of the blocks and use them each year!
You will receive detailed directions to make the following:
September—Apple man ( see sample)
October Pumpkin man
February 2 different blocks for Feb--Cupid and Abe Lincoln
This is a great time to get started. I will provide the link for you as soon as I receive payment for you to be able to get started right away on your monthly blocks. The cost will be $14.99 with no shipping charges. If you would like to pay with a credit card, click below on the link. If you would like to pay by check, please contact me at lcritchell @kinderteacher.com (no space.)
Other Turkey Ideas
I have listed some of the fun things that we have done during the month of November with turkeys. We don't have time to do all of them. But these are a few of our favorites. Click on photos to enlarge.
This year we made our block turkeys and did them a little different. We used metal washers for the turkey's eyes. They were glued on with white glue. Then we used one inch strips of fabric for the legs. We used Coloration's Liquid Watercolor to dye the spools orange for the turkey's feet. This watercolor is super easy to use. All you have to do is put the spools in a zip lock bag and squirt a little of the orange paint in the bag--shake and they are covered! It also works just as easy in coloring pastas. It is so much easier than using alcohol and food coloring.
We have also found that using a combination of hot glue and white glue works best for holding the feather (leaves) on the turkey. If you just use the hot glue, it tends to snap off. We use the hot glue to temporarily hold the leaves in place and then use white glue to hold permanently. We covered the BLOB of glue on the back of the turkey with one leaf! It looked good from both sides.
Hanging Turkey and Indian
This project is really two in one. One side is the turkey and the other side is done like an Indian. We used two paper plates. A face is done with crayon for the Indian and then painted with watercolors. A construction paper headband is attached to the top. Then the turkey is painted brown. A construction paper head with wattle is attached to the center of the plate for the turkey. Feathers are glued to the back of the turkey and then the two projects are stapled together. We used a piece of yarn to hang. This project takes at least two days to make. We painted both paper plates one day. I think we made the turkey one day and the Indian on another day.
Gobble, Gobble Bulletin Board
This bulletin board was made using men's neckties for the turkey tail feathers! FUN! We just crumpled brown bulletin board paper into the shape of the turkey's body and attached head, wattle, beak, eyes and feet. Easy, but a fun board! Then we scattered fall leaves that the children made around the board.
This cone was used to put popcorn in for our Thanksgiving Feast. The first picture below is one of the turkey opened up. The second picture is one with it folded and stapled for use as a cone.
Click on pictures to enlarge.
Songs and Chants
I'm A Little Turkey
(tune: I'm A Little Teapot)
I'm a little turkey; I like to play,
I'm very hungry; I eat all day.
When I see the hunter with his gun,
Then I know it's time to run!
(tune: Frere Jacques)
We eat tur-key, we eat tur-key.
Oh, so good. Oh, so good.
Al-ways on Thanks-giv-ing, al-ways on Thanks-giv-ing
Gobbly, Wobbly Turkeys
(tune: Ten Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little turkeys,
Gobbly, wobbly, bobbly turkeys,
It's Thanksgiving Day!
I Eat Turkey
(tune: Frere Jacques)
I eat turkey, (point to self)
I eat turkey. (point to self again)
Yes, I do, (nod head)
Yes, I do (nod head
Turkey in my tummy. (rub tummy)
Yummy, yummy, yummy.
Good for me (point to self)
Good for you (point to others)
Ten fat turkeys standing in a row.
They spread their wings and tails just so!
They strut to the left.
They strut to the right.
They stand up straight, ready for a fight.
Along comes a man with a great big gun.
You should see those turkeys run!
Turkey in the Barnyard
Turkey in the barnyard, what do you say?
Gobble, gobble, gobble,
Gobble all day.
Turkey on the table, what do you say?
Yummy, yummy, yummy,
Yummy all day.
Turkey in my tummy, what do you say?
I ate too much turkey on Thanksgiving Day!
email at lcritchell @kinderteacher.com (no space)