thumbprint turkeys--writing our sponsored kids

November 8, 2010

My friend Amanda recently started a monthly link-up at her blog Impress Your Kids. It's called Impress Your Sponsored Kids and it's goal is to help people (like me) who are not so great at consistently writing to their sponsored kids.

We sponsor children through Compassion International and try to write as often as we can, but sometimes those letters sit there on my kitchen counter for a long time before I get them in the mail. Since Juliet is getting old enough to participate in the communication process (she can't write yet, but she is learning her letters), I want her to get into the habit of writing a letter each month with me.

So far this link-up has been just the thing I needed to keep me accountable! We wrote letters last month and again this month. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about Thanksgiving with our friends who live in Africa and South America.

So we went with the thumbprint turkey...

This thumbprint activity has been on my list of things to do for a year now. But with the arrival of Lucia, I didn't feel like looking up my list and seeing how exactly to make the, yeah. It doesn't look anything like the original, but I still think it turned out pretty cute.

Stamp a body, a head and then deck him out with feathers.

This ended up being a two day project for us. We did the painting and then let the turkeys dry.

I love how hers turned out even if I can't quite figure out which end us up.
She made several turkeys, but when I picked this one up and asked her where the head was she said, "That's not a turkey, mom! That's Hawaii!"

Of course. Silly me.

Like I said, this was a two-day project. After, the paint had dried, I wrote the message and had Juliet trace the names of our sponsored kids. She LOVES doing this and always asks if she can write more for other people. We ended up making some for the grandparents, too.

I wrote a letter on the back of the card, we put them in an envelope and sent them on their way.

A Country Far Away 
If you are looking for a good book that illustrates the differences of two boys lives in the first world and the developing world--check out A Country Far Away by Nigel Gray. It's a great conversation starter and the majority of information comes from the illustrations, not the words.


Annette W. said...

Cool! Cute turkeys and a great reason!

Ticia said...

Love those turkeys!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Awesome!! What a great idea!
I just had a giveaway on my blog for that book. It is really a wonderful way to show kids the difference between life in a small village in Africa and live in suburban US.

artsy_momma said...

Very cute! We made thumbprint turkeys over the weekend too- they don't look as cute as yours though :) What a great project to get her involved in.

Jill said...

LOVE these!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

These turned out awesome! We actually made them yesterday on a card for my grandma. All the kids took turns and they turned out cute. I love any kind of hand or fingerprint crafts!!

Silver Rose said...

This is so awesome! I might steal this to do with my class for Thanksgiving!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

So cute! I'm horrible about writing to our sponsored child. I'll have to check out that linkup when we're done getting the house on the market.

Jackie said...

Very cute! I will have to try this. I am not sure if it is just my computer or what, but it says that a few of the pictures are unavailable.

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