As you know, co-op nursery schools tend to rely on parent involvement and volunteerism to keep costs down. Because I sit on one of the boards for my son’s preschool, I decided the best way to support my daughter’s school would be to drop in once a month with a “fun” STEM activity for the class.
This month’s “Shape Turkey” craft was slightly more successful, in that she decided mostly to sob quietly beneath the table while I talked about shapes, as Mrs. Harris helped the remainder of the class wrestle with glue sticks. When it was book time, my daughter draped herself dramatically across my lap (still sobbing quietly) while I read the super-cute, pop-up book, A Dome for a Home, by Ruth Martin to the class.
Needless to say, when it came time for “Veggie Turkeys” I dropped my daughter and a cooler full of supplies by the door and ran for the parking lot!
Below are some tips for taking on your own turkeys at home…
This Activity Can Help to Enhance:
– Shape Identification Skills
– Mathematics Vocabulary
– Observational Skills
– Colored Paper
– Googly Eyes or Black Marker
Cut out the following shapes:
– 3 Circles of different sizes (Large brown; medium black; small brown)
– 2 Crescent in two varied colors
– 2 Diamond (rhombus/parallelogram) in two varied colors
– 2 Oval (ellipse) in two varied colors
– 2 Triangle (isosceles work well for this project) in two varied colors
– 1 Small Heart in Red (for turkey’s “wattle”)
– 1 Small Triangle in Orange (for turkey’s beak)
Help child to assemble turkey using glue. (It may help to start with a sheet of paper to add support.)
– Start by gluing the largest circle (body) to the sheet, followed by the medium circle (neck) and then the smallest (head).
– Add the Heart shape (upside-down) to serve at the turkey’s wattle.
– Add small Triangle for the beak.
– Add shape feathers. (Encourage kids to create a pattern by shape or color.)
– Add googly eyes or draw your own!
ACTIVITY ENHANCEMENT IDEAS:
Label one set of shape cut-outs with the names of the shapes. To enhance math vocabularies, discuss the instances when certain shapes may be known by more than one name, such as Oval (Ellipse) or Diamond (Parallelogram, Rhombus). You can also use terms that kids may be more familiar with, such as “Moon” and then ask them to practice saying “Crescent” as an alternative.
You could also introduce terms such as “Concentric” and place the three circle shapes to demonstrate the idea of concentric circles. It’s also never too early for kids to hear the geometric terms associated with triangles (isosceles, equilateral, scalene…)
– Red, orange, yellow or green bell peppers (feathers)
– Raisins (eyes)
– Carrots, cut into triangles (beak)
– Stick pretzels (feet)
– Hummus cups, Veggie Dip or Salad Dressing
– Pea pods, celery or anything green (grass)
– Pre-cut veggies
– Place circular container of dip or hummus on plate (to act as an anchor)
– Add “feathers”, “face”, “feet” and “grass”
One more fun Thanksgiving project…
– Cut corn shape out of legal sized envelop
– Cover front and back with two strips of yellow duct tape
– Trim edges to maintain corn shape
– Cut slits lengthwise
– Weave multicolored strips of construction paper through the slits (encourage child to create a color pattern)
– Add some leaves at the base. (You can use real corn husks, if available!)