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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Thanksgiving Kid's Craft

Here is a fun, inexpensive way to let your kids have a roll in preparing for the big Thanksgiving Feast. Have them make placecards for each person coming to the meal. You will need cardstock, acrylic craft paint and markers or colored pencils. For best results have them practice a bit on scrap paper until they get the hang of it. Acrylic paint is NOT washable, so be sure and cover the work surface and put them in play clothes.
Start with a piece of cardstock and cut it into 3 strips approx. 2.5" wide. Cut each strip in half- about 4.25". Fold these in half so you can see your work area. Dip thumb into brown paint and press sideways on bottom area of card. Leave room for the feet below thumbprint. Repeat with pinky, but press down vertically and overlap the thumbprint.
This is what it should look like:
Next use markers or colored pencils to scribble vertical, fanned-out feathers. Add a pinky-print of lighter brown on "face" and color in red legs and feet with a marker or colored pencil.
When the paint is dry add a yellow beak and red waddle with paint (try using a toothpick to dab on the paint). Use a black marker to add eyes and the name.
Display your placecards with pride!


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