Each year when my kids were little we would make a hand print
turkey. The boys would write their name under their creation and we
would add the date. These fine feathered fowl would be transformed into
a holiday greeting card and away it would travel over the miles to
brighten the face of their Granny. Granny saved these cards for years
creating a flock of turkeys of varying sizes on her refrigerator door.
We didn’t plan it, but it turned out to be a wonderful way to watch and
remember the growth of our children.
of building strong families. Spending time together, interacting,
laughing and communicating helps cement the bonds of family
Below seven people comprising four generations enjoy making handprint turkeys
as an after dinner family activity.
Each person traces their hand, colors in the feathers then adds what they are thankful for somewhere on the paper.
They sign and date their creation and it is added to the photo album.
or imprint your hand print onto a piece of paper with your fingers
spread out wide. The fingers become the turkey’s feathers. Your thumb
is the turkey neck and head. Use a thumb print for the turkey wattle.
Or, use markers/crayons to add the feet, eye, wattle, feather colors,
Hand/Foot Print Turkey
kindergarten, the teacher refused to hang up his turkey because he
colored it “wrong”. He had made a beautiful purple turkey with green
legs. His self esteem took a big hit that day, when he was not included
with the rest of his class. So, no matter what color your child
interprets their turkey to be, hang it up with pride and joy. Let their
creativity be expressed in any form they wish to take. Let them think
“out of the box” and enjoy the fruits of their efforts!
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