Looking for a fun activity for the kids’ table this Thanksgiving? Your tots will love making these cute little turkeys using pinecones and play dough! Give your Little Pnuts a fine motor workout with this fun and easy activity.
What You Will Need:
- Large Pinecones for the turkey “bodies”
- Miniature pinecones for turkey “heads” (large acorns, pom-poms, or just a ball of play dough would work, too)
- Play dough (any color)
- Feathers and/or pipe cleaners (cut in half)
- Google eyes
- Small triangles of construction paper or craft foam for “beaks”
Making the Turkey:
Take a large pine cone and show your Little Pnut how to poke small pieces of play dough between the scales. Next, take your feathers and/or pipe cleaners and poke them into the play dough, creating the turkey’s colorful tail. Then, make a face on your turkey’s “head” using small bits of play dough to stick on google eyes and a beak, and for the grand finale, use a larger ball of play dough to stick the head onto the body.
For younger Little Pnuts, you may want to make the turkey’s head ahead of time and hot glue it onto the turkey’s body before doing the activity. Older Little Pnuts will enjoy doing the whole activity themselves! Be creative with your materials – have your Little Pnuts help you think of other items that could be used for the turkey’s feathers. Some we thought of include colorful pasta, cut-up straws, popsicle sticks, etc.
This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:
Fine Motor Skill Development, Hand/Eye Coordination, Focus & Concentration—Stephanie Haass, Little Pnuts Early Childhood Activities Expert & Blogger, www.two-daloo.com