Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thanksgiving Idea :: Fun Turkey Craft & Recipe!

Make a Homemade Turkey Centerpiece....

I wanted to share a fun "Thanksgiving craft"
My kids & I made these fun Turkey's-- pictured. These make great table centerpieces, or a great gift for the Thanksgiving hostess, Grandparents, or whoever.

This is how to made them--

(tip: we used all items that we already had, so it costs us nothing to make these. I'd like to encourage everyone to use your creativity & use items already on hand.)
*Small brown paper bags
*glue, tape, or stapler
*printer, and printer paper
*printable turkey template, found at click HERE. You can print it already colored, or you print it out black & white & have your kids color it. This template has eyes that print out that you can use, or you can use Googly eyes, like we did. It also prints out feathers that you can use, or you can make "hand print" feathers like we did. There are so many options with this!

*1 cup of rice
*Orange & yellow construction paper
*Googly Eyes
*6 inch piece of yard or string
*hole punch
*index card
*something to color with (if you print out black & white template)


1. There are two different ways to make these. You can make it with the rice inside & the recipe attached, or make it without the rice & recipe!

2. After you decide on which one, then you have the option to leave the bag as is or you can cut it down to make it shorter.

3. Then if you haven't yet, you'll need to print the template HERE, then you'll need to cut out all of the pieces that you'll be using.

4. You could also trace your kids hands on yellow & orange construction paper & cut out the hands, or use the printable feathers from the template.

5. Next, you'll need to put the 1 cup of rice into the brown paper bag, or for option 2, we used crumbled newspaper to help the bag to stand up.

6. Then you'll need to slightly fold the top of the bag over and tape or staple the bag closed so that the rice won't fall out.

7. Now it's time to start gluing! Glue on the body first. Then you'll glue on the head, the eyes (googly eyes or printable ones) the beak, and glue on the "gobble-gobble" thing as my kids refer to it! Don't forget to glue on the feet too! After gluing all of this-- glue the feather to the back of the bag where it is folded and taped or glued. We overlapped them.

That's it your done, unless you chose the rice/recipe one.

8. Cut a piece of yard or string about 6 inches long, or long enough to go around the top of the bag.

9. Write the recipe below on the index card, or you can Print it Out HERE!
After writing or printing out your recipe-use the hole puncher to make 2 holes. Put the string through the holes & tie it around the paper bag turkey!

This was very easy & my kids really enjoyed making it!

Here's the recipe--
(used for leftover Turkey)

Gobble-Good Turkey Casserole
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 package onion soup mix
1 cup rice
1 1/2 cups milk
2 or 3 cups leftover turkey

Combine all ingredients in a large casserole dish. Bake covered 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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