Gobble-Gobble: Don’t forget Thanksgiving

21 Nov

Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year.  I saw decorations set up in a store before Halloween, which seems way too early. I thought decorating for Christmas started the day after Thanksgiving.  I was in Pittsburgh over the weekend and they had the lighting of their tree and there were Santa’s and elves everywhere.  It looked like the North Pole.  I almost forgot that Thanksgiving is Thursday. I love Thanksgiving and don’t want my girls to skip over it so the next couple days leading up to it we will be talking about the meaning of Thanksgiving and preparing decorations and dishes for our Thanksgiving.

Today we started with a fun, easy, and edible Turkey Craft.  I did it with my older daughter while my younger daughter was napping. If my younger daughter had been awake I would have she would have needed hand over hand help.  I think it would have been too hard for her.  While we were working on the Turkey we talked about Thanksgiving and what we were thankful for.

Ingredients:

  • Head- 1 bite sized brownie
  • Eyes-2 purple skittles 
  • Beak- 1 candy corn
  • Gobbler- 1 strawberry fruit snack
  • Feet- 1 blueberry yogurt covered pretzel.  You can also use a chocolate covered pretzel or regular pretzel.
  • Body- 1 pear, you can also use an apple.
  • Feathers- 5 dum-dum lollipops, we used different flavors.
  • “Glue”- Smuckers Microwave topping Hot Fudge.
  • Wilton Sparkle Gel- Use any color, my daughter insisted on pink.
  • Child friendly Knife like Nuk Kiddy Cuttlery
*If your child has allergies, make sure you read labels.

How to put your Turkey together:

Put all ingredients on a plate.  Follow the instructions for heating Fudge topping.  Put it in a separate cup or bowl.  Start creating you Turkey.  I found it better to start with the head.  We used the Hot Fudge topping to “glue” the eyes, beak and gobbler on to the head.  My daughter needed help with the “gluing” because she wasn’t using enough to hold it on.  Once the head was together she put dots in the skittles for the eyeballs and drew a mouth. After the head was complete, we put it to the side while she stuck the dum-dums in the pear.  As she put them in she said what she was thankful for.  I gave her a few examples first.  Next, we “glued” the head to the pear by putting the hot fudge on the bottom of the brownie and she stuck it to the pear.  After the head was the body she put the fudge on the pretzel and put the pear on top.  When the turkey was complete I put it on a different plate and wrote “Happy Thanksgiving” with the pink gel icing.  It went into the fridge for a while to let the fudge thicken.  You can use your Turkey as a centerpiece for the table where the children will sit. Each child can have a dum-dum after dinner.  If there are more than 5 kids, use the number of dum-dums that will be at the table.

   

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2 Responses to “Gobble-Gobble: Don’t forget Thanksgiving”

  1. sarah soden November 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Love the turkey!

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