Recently my friend Jessica mentioned that she was looking for a craft she could use for her daughter's preschool class. They were doing Thanksgiving crafts and she needed ideas. I was so excited because I had just the perfect craft to share--popcicle stick turkeys!!
My friend Audrey works in the kitchen at a local nursing home and knows how much I like to come up with random crafts. She has been saving me those little brown popcicle sticks (the ones that come with the little plastic cups of ice cream) for the past year, and I have been coming up with various ways to use them. I have found they make great hotdogs (stacked up), picture frames, ornaments, necklace pendants, and my favorite discovery--they make fabulous turkeys.
So when Jessica mentioned that she needed a Thanksgiving craft, I couldn't wait to share my little turkeys with her and Miss Campbell. They were decorated with feathers and pompoms and I think they turned out fabulous.
If you are interested in making these cute little birds, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you the instructions. I think they would also make really cute little peacocks.
Are you overrun with easter eggs and don’t know what to do with them? Try making a cheery flower garden with your leftover eggs. Its simple and easy, and a great activity for little hands.
I found this really cute flower pattern by googling flower clip-art, but you can use any flower shape you want. This one just happened to be the size I was looking for. You can find it by going to http://www.clker.com/clipart-14008.html I found that I could fit six flowers comfortably on one sheet of 8 ½” x 11” paper. I photocopied several different colors of flowers for my “garden.” Cut out around the outside edges of your flowers leaving the black trim visible.
I used colorful plastic easter eggs that are approximately 1 ¾” x ¾”. These particular eggs did not have a hinge (they can pop apart into two pieces). If you have the kind with hinges, simply trim the hinge off with a pair of scissors (be careful!!). If you have the standard sized easter eggs (about double the size that I used for this project) simply make your paper flower bigger
Take a plastic egg and pop it into two pieces. Placing the shorter of the two ends on the top, line up the top and bottom of the eggs, sandwiching the flower in the middle. **Keep in mind that which ever side you put the smaller end on is the way that your flower petals will turn towards. If you want your flower petals to turn out, then put the small end on the back.**
When you have your flower centered to your liking, carefully press the egg together. You may have to use a little creativity and force to get the two pieces to stick together. Just be careful not to press too hard…I have crushed more than one by pressing too hard, and on occasion, sent one flying across the room.
Once your flower is completely secured, you can arrange them in a basket, make a flower arrangement or arrange them individually on the table. For even more fun, you can mix and match colors, add glitter, stems...the possibilities are endless.
If you use this pattern, send me pictures. I would love to see what fun ideas you can come up with.