Try this simple, Felt Turkey Busy Box Activity to give you a few minutes of peace as you prepare Thanksgiving dinner this holiday season.
Do you need some quiet activities to occupy your needy children this Thanksgiving?
I know I sure do.
This Felt Turkey is one activity in my series of busy box ideas. These are simple activities to occupy the young toddlers and preschoolers (you can read more about them in my introduction to the busy box). I include activities that are simple and educational, such as this Counting Beads Busy Box Activity and this Build Your Own Felt Pizza.
For the play-surface—where the turkey is built—I use a felt board that I made (a blog post with instructions on how to do this is coming soon). But you can easily use a full sheet of felt, fabric, the carpet, or any flat surface. I like to use felt or fabric because the felt pieces stick to it and don’t move around as much.
Set up is simple and there are several play ideas and educational possibilities (see below for a list of suggested uses).
How to Make Your Own Felt Turkey
Print the template and cut out the template pieces. Trace them onto felt using a disappearing ink fabric marker and cut them out (you can also cut them out free hand—they don’t need to be perfect). Throw in some googly eyes (or cut them from felt), pom pom balls (or use colored beads or buttons), and that’s it!
- Printable Template
- Felt, assorted colors
- Googly Eyes
- Fabric Scissors
- Disappearing Ink Fabric Marker (optional)
- Pom Poms (optional, for alternate play ideas)
- Print template
- Cut out template pieces
- Trace templates onto assorted colors of felt using a disappearing ink fabric marker (or simply cut out the shape using the template as a guide)
- Cut out the felt shapes.
- Play! (see play ideas below)
PLAY & EDUCATION IDEAS
- Rainbow Color Order: learn and practice the order of colors in a rainbow
- Feather Color match: cut two of each colored feather. Build the turkey using the first set of feathers. Have your child match the feathers with its corresponding colored feather.
- Pom Pom Color Match: build the turkey using different colored feathers. Then, have your child sort a pile of pom poms by color, laying each pom pom onto its matching feather color.
- Counting: have your child practice counting the feathers as he/she adds them to the turkey. If you wish, you can write numbers on the felt with a permanent marker (remember this will be permanent).
- Counting Correspondence: similar to the previous idea, draw a different number of circles onto each feather and have the child place pom poms onto each drawn circle as they count.
- Turkey Anatomy: teach your child the parts of a turkey (body, head, legs, feet, feathers, nose, eyes, wattle, snood). Ask him/her what human bodies have in common with a turkey and how they are different.
- Free play: allow the child to creatively build, design, and construct different Turkeys & images
- Use different colored feathers to create beautiful turkey feather designs
- Place the eyes and nose in silly places
- Create a non-turkey abstract image using all the pieces
As you can see, there are many ideas for play and learning with this activity. Adjust the activities to your child’s age and skill level or come up with your own!
I hope your kids stay occupied, you stay sane, and you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
What are your go-to “sanity saver” activities? Tell us in the comments!
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