Meet Donatello Turkey Ninja Turtle. Oh wait. Did someone say turkey? I totally meant Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Because no one…and I mean no one…wants to capture and eat a turtle for Thanksgiving, right? Let me explain. Bug came home from school last week with the cutest 1st grade assignment EVER and we had a blast with it. It combines creative thinking, craftiness, and writing skills. So she was learning as she giggled. This is my favorite kind of learning. I couldn’t wait to share it with you and encourage you to do this with your little ones as well.
Our mission, if we chose to accept it, was to disguise poor Tom the Turkey so he wouldn’t be captured and eaten for the holiday. How could we not help? We could dress him as a pilgrim, a superhero, a native american, a princess, it really didn’t matter. Just make sure no one knows who/what he is. So what did we do? I asked B and he suggested a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (of course he did) and Bug and I were up for the challenge.
I helped her with the preliminary stuff like gathering the supplies, drawing out the outline, and filling in the blank spaces with “G” for green (yes, I’m highly aware that this looks rather blue..it was a greenish blue but that’s not important here), “P” for purple, and “G” for gold. We used Painter’s Paint Markers for the “costume”, green crayon (yes, I still know it looks blue), gold glitter and glue for the shell (because what’s a hero without a half shell), and a little piece from a flower arrangement for his Bo Staff (I learn something new every day). Oh, and googly eyes…we put googly eyes on everything around here. She loved him and I think he’s incredibly cute and NO ONE will capture this turkey in this disguise this Thanksgiving!
Plus this little fun and creative craft for kids comes with a writing assignment. Tell your turkey’s story and convince the reader that he isn’t a turkey at all. Tell everyone about the character you created. And her teacher highly recommended that we allow our children to use “inventive writing” for this. In other words, it doesn’t have to be dead on. They are still budding readers and writers. I let my OCD fly out the window and let her spell the words as she heard them. And you know what? B could read every word of it, meaning my baby is making the connection which is awesome. Fun activities like this are what build learning skills and help you make connections with your children. So when the kids are home this week, why not print old Tom off yourself and have a little imaginative learning fun with them? You can grab a free printable here: Tom the Turkey Printable. If you do, I’d love to see your child’s creation. And if you have other fun holiday learning crafts, I’d love for you to share those as well! Happy learning, happy crafting, and Happy Thanksgiving y’all!