Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hunka, Hunka, Burnin' ... Thanksgiving Craft?

Word from Mrs. Kelly:  Today we welcome Mrs. Presley, sister of Mrs. Gosling.  Mrs. Presley is a professional crafter.  Also, she has her own cardboard stand up of Elvis.  Winning combo!!

Passing notes today:  Mrs. Presley

Hello Naptime Notebookers!

My name is Mrs. Presley.  I am MADLY in love with Elvis, I have an obsession with all things chocolate and I am an amazing dancer (self assessment, of course).  I am also Mrs. Gosling's older sister, a mom to 3 small children and a Pre-K teacher ... so, kids' crafts are a huge part of my home and professional life.  I especially love celebrating the holidays!  I want to show you an easy, cute and inexpensive way to express to the neighbors, teachers, bus drivers, friends and family in your life, how thankful you are for them.  I also know that the girls are very thankful for you, so I have included a FREE printable!!!  Wha, Wha!

I've made a variation of these for several holidays, but Thanksgiving is my favorite because you can incorporate the kids' hand prints.  Here's what you'll need to get started:
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  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Variety of Candy (target is a great place to pick up movie size candy for $1)
  • Labels/printable

Step 1:   I chose to use bright scrapbook paper for the hand print (feathers) and brown for the turkey.


Step 2:  Buy your candy. Choose a candy that you think your recipient will like OR choose one that you like.  I like to use the movie theatre boxes and Hershey bars, they are large enough to support the "feathers and body" but they will not break the bank in price.  What a shame if the candy wasn't wide enough for your craft, you would probably just have to eat it - right?  This is the candy that actually made it home with me, I ate the rest on the car ride.  True Story. 


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Step 3:  Cut out a piece of scrapbook paper to the size of the candy and wrap around the whole thing, gluing it in the back.  I chose a neutral color so my turkey would POP!   Then, cut out some turkey bodies, beaks, waddles and hand prints out of the scrapbook paper.  I just free handed this (because I'm cool like that).  If you need a guide, draw with a pencil and cut a little inside your guideline, just have fun with it!   Next, grab one of your kiddies and trace their hand.  I did this 3 times, on 3 different colors. 


Daughter:  "Mom, when are we going to be done with this?
Mrs. Presley:  "Um, soon ... stay still"
Daughter:  "Well, I was just wondering if we could taste the candy?"
Mrs. Presley:  "One step ahead of you...I have a box for us.  When we are done, we'll put it at the bottom of the garbage can.  Don't tell your Father"  

True story.
Step 4:   Now, it's time to put the turkey together.  On your wrapped candy bar or box, glue down the hand print feathers and turkey body.  Give your turkey two eyes, with a black marker and glue down his waddle and beak.  Print out your Thanksgiving labels (there are 2 versions - "we" and "I") and cut to size.  Make this even easier by printing on full page sticker paper.  You can buy this at any craft or paper products store.  I let my daughter sign her name on the label.   We glued a label to the front of the turkey (or the back) and WE WERE DONE! 




So cute, personal, inexpensive and something the recipient will actually eat!  This is a great way to get your kids involved in the gift making process and teach them to be thankful for the special "peeps" in their life.   I hope that you enjoyed the craft and maybe a sweet treat, too!   

Keep "Gobbling"

Mrs. Presley

Mrs. Gosling Comment:  Thanks Karry Mrs. Presley!  You are so crafty especially at holiday time.  Preschoolers everywhere are better off with teachers like you.  I see that you didn't take this opportunity to shamelessly plug your online businesses .... so I will do it for you.  If anyone is looking for printable documents or preschool age appropriate learning tools, these are your one stop shops!!! 

Mrs. Williams Comment:  I love this craft idea, but Mrs. Presley, next time you stop by and pass notes with Naptime Notebook, "Don't be Cruel" and tease me with photos of yummy chocolate!

Mrs. Kelly Comment:  Williams, that song reference made my stomach turn.  Mrs. P. thanks for sharing this!  Love the printable.  And love any craft that involves chocolate.  I think this would be a good way to use those candy bars that everyone sells for fundraisers too!!  


Karry said...

Thanks girls, that was fun! I like my picture with Elvis so much I'm going to bring it down to the DMV and see if it can go on my driver's license!

MamaLou said...

Um, I think I love you and your blog post.

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