Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hand and Foot Print Turkey

This craft is an oldie, but a goody. It's been around for forever, so who knows where it originated, but it makes a great keepsake. The materials include construction paper (we used red, orange, yellow, and brown), wiggle eyes, a pen, and some glue. In our case, materials also included a willing toddler. Fortunately, Baby Bear loves having his hands traced, so this craft was just right for us. As a young 2-year-old, Baby Bear wasn't able to help much with this craft aside from having his hand traced over and over again, but he still loved the result. I hung our turkey on our front door as a Thanksgiving decoration. Unfortunately, our front door receives direct sunlight for more than half the day, so it faded quickly, and I was unable to get a good picture. The picture below was copied from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas who did the same craft for a previous Thanksgiving. Our turkey was almost the same, but we used eight hands as follows: two red, two orange, two yellow, and two brown hands. I'm glad we included brown feathers, because when we did a similar craft last year, it ended up looking like the turkey was on fire. We also included two orange turkey legs cut from construction paper on our turkey this year (a long, skinny rectangle on top of a small trapezoid). Like I said, this is nothing new, but it's still very cute and makes for a great keepsake.

Tip: to get a good foot print, trace your child's foot while he or she is wearing socks. This will help prevent swelling from shoes or bumps from toes.

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