At this time of the year we have real difficulties preparing for all the festivals and celebrations we have:
- Thanksgiving (26th Nov)
- Daddy’s birthday (28th Nov)
- the beginning of Advent (29th Nov)
- St. Nicolas Day (or Santa Day – 5th Dec)
Of course, it was mainly about turkeys 🙂
On the tray I prepared coloured feathers, orange foam triangles for the beak, googly eyes, red (water drop shaped) foam for the wattle (the red skin hanging down from the beak of the turkey along its neck – “bőrlebernyeg” in Hungarian). In the middle there was the brown salt dough.
We made balls out of the dough to make the body and the head. First, we kneaded the dough and then with rolling movement we formed them into balls. These movements are really useful to strengthen the muscles in a child’s hand.
|Googly eyes: a girl and a boy|
|Placing the wattle|
Then E. made two turkeys and me too. We fixed the beak and eyes as well as the wattle, after all this she stuck the tail feathers in.
I found another great turkey activity online. Turkey feather counting mats. You can use these either as play dough mats (so you can use coloured play dough to make the feathers) or with real feathers. E. was so into these colourful feathers we used them again.
– I’m thankful for my parents, my Godparents and my toys and others… the good meats and my friends in the nursery.