Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Make a {Thanksgiving Placemat}--a Super-Easy Project

Last year, we happened to go to Lakeshore Learning before Thanksgiving for a crafting event. We made a super-easy craft that anyone can make--and I am sure that you all have the materials at home!


Lakeshore provided a range of products to make our placemat---paint pens, markers, feathers, leaves, stickers, paper designs, glue, glitter pens, and more. The children began the project by tracing their hands for the turkey. (Classic--yet easy!) Now, the feathers and leaves are cool, but, honestly, kids are happy to glue whatever to paper. So, if you don't have these materials at home, gather things that you do have. For example, you could use some corn kernels or couscous as grain for the turkey to eat or use a button as an eye or pipe cleaners for feet. If you don't have feathers, you can also cut out little feathers for your child to glue on to their placemat. When doing a craft like this with my daughter, I like to have the materials already set up at a little craft station. Having a little craft station already prepared always seems to open my daughter's eyes with excitement.

If you are scrambling for a last minute activity--this is a great one. If you don't use it for Thanksgiving, you can also use it for other holidays. I think that it would be particularly cute for a Valentine's Day party.

If you haven't made it over to Lakeshore Learning yet for a crafting event, definitely go! They have free crafts every Saturday from 11AM-3PM. Just a look ahead and they are crafting an I'm Sleeping Door Hanger (11/24), a Rain or Shine Mobile (12/1), and a Snowy Days Sled (12/8) in upcoming weeks.

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