Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Big Life Journal is a site I regularly follow and also signed up for ttheir newsletters. It promotes mindfulness and growth mindset for kids and teens but there are a great deal of wonderful advice for parents to parent more consciously and more positively.

I found this cute turkey printable in my inbox the other day and immediately printed the black and white version. (Little L. is into colouring now.) Unfortunately, I cannot link the printable as it’s available only for those who are signed up for the newsletter. In the picture below your can see what parts it has.

So we started with the colouring, checking a real turkey picture for the body but then the girls just used their imagination and their favourite autumn colours to make the feathers. On the feathers we wrote what we love having in our lives, what we are grateful for. (In the meantime we talked about the body parts of a turkey, and colours, special colours like maroon.)

Then came the cutting and sticking together. It took quite a while because of the colouring, but there is a coloured version of it too – we do not have a colour printer, unfortunately.) Here are the final results:

While putting our turkeys together we chatted/thought a lot about what we are thankful for, what lovely things and great people are in our lives. For a long time we haven’t had any fun, creative, holiday-related activities in English with the girls, just everyday conversations. However, now it was a great time to spend together in English in a productive way.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!


Outschool is an educational site for children. Kids can take part in interactive and informative lessons online via Zoom. It’s free to join but one-time class fees ranges from 5 USD but weekly courses can cost up to 100-600 USD.

As E. is into Chemistry and the Periodic Table, we picked a one-time class: A Visual Tour of the Periodic Table with Dr. Steve Silbaugh.

Atom, the Periodic Table, gas changing colour due to electricity

Apart from E. there were 7 other kids taking part mainly from th US. There was one girl from Pris, France. E. and another girl were only 9 years old. The others were over 12.

The class was on a Friday at 5 pm and cost 10 USD, which I found reasonable. Prof. Silbaugh was a research scientist and is an element collector. They went through the Periodic Table and he showed the elements and talked about them. Interesting facts, magnetism and even radioactivity. E. was amazed and really enjoyed every moment of this class.

I guess this was not the last time we signed up for a class on

E.’s first email

Due to the online education during the lockdown we made a gmail account for E. She is 9 now so it’s time for her to start corresponding with her friends, teachers and family members.

In the end, she didn’t use it, but now the time has come to write her first email.

She’s into the chemical elements… again. You can read about her interest in chemistry on the link.

Nowadays she’s been re-reading the Usborne Lift-the-flap Periodic Table book. It is a fantastic book with great illustrations about the elements understandable for kids or even adults without much chemisrty background.

In the morning she mentioned she’d found some mistakes in the book. I raised my eyebrows but she showed me all the inaccuracies. And she was right. I suggested informing Usborne about these errors so in the afternoon she was sitting in front of the computer to write them an email (her very first) from her own email account.

First, there was a little fooling around and whining that I should do it instead of her, but I disappeared in the kitchen to finish the blueberry cake and 10 minutes later she came and aksed me to check what she’d written.

Here it is:

I only helped her with some missing spaces and at the closing section as she had never writen one before so she didn’t really know how to do it.

She was pretty pleased with herself when she hit the send button. And I am so proud of her. We’re looking forward to their reply.