I saw this turkey idea on the wonderful blog My Montesorri Journey and I fell in love with it. I thought it would be the perfect companion to all our Thanksgiving-themed books that we are reading this month. It looked simple enough for me to attempt, so I gave it a go.
I had some felt scraps leftover from another project, some extra buttons, and googly eyes in our craft box, so I was able to put it together without having to buy any supplies. (Easy AND cheap--how do you like that?)
After cutting out all the shapes: a circle for the body, a head, two feet, beak, wattle (the red thing that hangs under the beak--I totally had to look that up--had no idea what it was called!), and feathers, I simply hand-stitched the head, beak, feet, and wattle together. Next, I sewed on the buttons and cut slits in the feathers using a craft knife.
Lastly, I glued on the eye and let it dry. Here he is from afar.
Once again, I might have gotten ahead of myself a little bit (remember the clothespin activity?) --Juliet was not able to button or unbutton the feathers AT ALL, but she really loved the little guy. He has spent the past week as her "special turkey baby" and has been instructed to "take his nap" and "drink his turkey bottle."
So, even though he didn't end up being the hit activity that I envisioned, she still had fun with him and we can always bust him out again next year. By then, her little fingers will have developed more and she will be able to enjoy buttoning and unbuttoning the feathers.