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
Whether it’s the first time you are dropping your Little Pnut off at school or a skill you’ve practiced for a few years now, it’s always difficult to say goodbye on that first day of the new school year, perhaps even more so for you. Now is the time to wipe away those tears of sadness (or relief) and relish in the knowledge that your Little Pnut is embarking on the adventure of his life.
Your Little Pnuts are about to have the time of their lives. With so many new skill sets to be acquired and mastered and so much knowledge to be absorbed your Little Pnuts are now beginning to develop a deeper love for learning about the world beyond their immediate surroundings.
In preschool, your Little Pnuts will also begin to foster relationships with other Little Pnuts, some of which may last their lifetime. They are further establishing their social skills, interacting with more depth and thoughtfulness. They are learning to take turns, practicing patience as they wait for their chance to try something or play with something, all the while developing focus and concentration. They are learning more and more each day in an environment that is fun, playful and engaging. Your Little Pnuts are now enjoying learning in a social setting—with friends.
At home you will begin to notice your Little Pnut having an increased desire for you to read even more to them. They will begin to interact with stories and to ask unending streams of questions while you are in mid-sentence. Their curiosity is never-ending, absorbing the most amount of knowledge in these years versus the rest of their lives. It really is true, they really are little sponges at this phase in their development.
We as the parents of preschoolers should enforce this love of knowledge as best we can. Conscientiously answering that endless stream of questions with true facts and knowledge. We must challenge them to learn about both winning and losing and how to be motivated to always strive for the best. We must prepare them for their future success so they will know and understand that with hard work and determination they will accomplish what they set out to do.
Preschool is put in place to help your Little Pnuts engage more practically with the world around them and to begin to flourish as little beings. Congratulate them as they are about to conquer the world.
Preschool is fun!