How to Make a Toddler Turkey Craft with Watercolors and Feathers

Inside: This toddler turkey craft can be adapted for younger and older toddlers, and even preschoolers. A fun way to work fine motor skills during the Thanksgiving theme. Every year I love doing a different turkey craft. We’ve done them with tissue paper circles and popsicle sticks, coffee filters and pipettes, as well as different…

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Healthy Cheese Balls for Kids

We knew there was a way to make healthy Cheese balls for kids by adding spinach, and they turned out amazing!

Parents seem to be split with the idea of hiding vegetables. Some think it’s a terrible idea and we should let the kids see all the veggies they are eating. Others think it’s a great idea, because it enhances the health of the dish, usually in a natural way.  We already don’t “see” everything in our food as it is.   Our cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals, yet we embrace it. I am in the second camp. I think it’s great. It doesn’t mean hidden veggies need to replace eating vegetables that the kids can see.  Instead we include veggies both ways- hidden and exposed.

So, with that set up I wanted to share the veggies we added to these AMAZING CHEESE BALLS!! Potatoes and spinach! 

Why potatoes are a great ingredient for your kids

Potatoes have lots of amazing nutrients that can not be denied. Potatoes

  • An excellent source of vitamin C  (at 45% of the Daily value, it’s more than a sweet potato!)
  • A good source of potassium. With 620 mg, potatoes have more potassium than a banana.
  • A good source of vitamin B6 : Vitamin B6 is important for carb and protein metabolism.
  • Fat-, sodium, and cholesterol free and 2 grams of fiber.

Why spinach is good for kids:

Spinach is actually well accepted by most kids.  It’s flavor is mild, and it blends well with many different types of dishes that kids are already familiar with. Green smoothies have been a key way that many parents have gotten their kids to consume spinach.  But recipes like these cheese balls are also great!  Some reasons we love spinach include:

  • Spinach contains almost 92% water, 3.5% carbs (mostly from fiber) and 3% protein.  (source)
  • Spinach is also a good source of many vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, Folic acid, Iron, and Calcium.

Other Spinach recipes we have that kids also love include:

Other potato recipes that your kids will love:

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Paintbrush Santa Ornament – DIY Christmas Ornament

If you are into recycled crafts, this adorable paintbrush Santa ornament makes a perfect Christmas craft for kids to make. You can even make other characters and all of them will look amazing on your Christmas tree. *this post contains affiliate links* This Santa Paintbrush is a fun and inexpensive way to create a unique […]

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Leaf Rubbings Wreath – An Easy Fall Project for Kids

Make leaf rubbings & create a colorful wreath that will last indefinitely in this easy fall project from Joanna of The Blue Barn.

Glueing leaves to wreath

Hi Joanna Walker here from The Blue Barn and today I’m sharing a project that involves one of my favorite simple fall invitations – leaf rubbings.

This activity is not new to many of you I’m sure. But I wanted to take you through the simple invitation I left out for my children after school one day.  This activity grew and evolved into so many different projects that are great for all ages–all from a simple leaf.

Fall Leaf Rubbings

So to start with, here’s a highlight of the materials we used to create our finished wreaths. However, to begin with a simple leaf rubbing, you will only need a few items from this supply list.

Fall Wreath Leaf Rubbings for Kids

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MATERIALS

  • Plain white paper
  • Oil Pastels (crayons will work too)
  • Tray
  • Watercolor paint – (we like liquid watercolors)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cardboard hoop
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Materials for Fall Leaf Rubbings Wreath project

1. Prep supplies

I began by setting this project up on a sunny fall day, you know the perfect day where you need a sweater but the sun is warm and breeze smells good.

The kids were coming off the school bus and I didn’t want them to disappear inside and miss the last of the afternoon sun so I had laid out all that they would need to begin, right next to an afternoon snack. Because lets face it no–kid wants to get creative when they are hungry!

On a tray were a few sheets of the white printer paper, oil pastels in fall colors and a few leaves to get them going.

Autumn leaf rubbings

2. Create leaf rubbing

It didn’t take long for them to spot the oil pastels and leaves. I showed them how to take a rubbing from the back side of a leaf and they were off.

Detail of leaf rubbing

To make a good leaf rubbing, place a leaf bumpy side up under a sheet of paper.

Making leaf rubbings

Then, taking an oil pastel, rub the side of the oil pastel over the paper where the leaf is hidden. Note::  It works best to remove the paper from the outside of the pastel first. 

It was interesting to see how my kids all interpreted this simple invitation differently.

Autumn Wreath Leaf Rubbing

My youngest immediately took the tray and all the supplies and went off on a “leaf hunt”.  He wanted me to identify all the leaves he’d made rubbings of when he came back.

He would wander around the garden and when he found an extra special leaf he would bend down and take a print of it.

Boy making leaf rubbings on paper

My other son chose to take a few different shaped leaves and lay them under the paper. He then began to play a kind of hide-and-seek guessing game as to which leaf shape he was making a print of.

Leaf rubbings

My daughter, who is slightly older, took a more scientific approach and found great delight in very slowly uncovering all the different veins and lines on the leaf.

We talked about things she had learned in science and I answered questions it then triggered in my son about how plants eat and drink.

Fall Leaf Rubbings Activity for Kids

After a lot of leaf rubbings and easy chatter we had run out of paper so I collected all the different prints and told the kids we would take them inside and work some magic on them!

Painting watercolors over crayon leaf rubbings

3. Paint leaf rubbings

Next, I mixed up a wash of black watercolor paint. You could choose a more fall like color (yellow, red, orange) but I wanted the colors to pop through for the kids so I chose black.

Boy holding up leaf rubbing project painted with watercolors

We painted all the sheets of leaves and the kids were delighted to see how the paint ran off the oil pastels with the colors showing through.

4. Paint cardboard hoop

We couldn’t let all the pretty leaves go to waste, so while the leaves were drying we painted the cardboard hoops with acrylic paint.

Cutting out fall leaf rubbings

5. Cut out leaf rubbings

Once the leaves were dry we began to carefully cut them all out tracing around the outside of each of the leaf prints.

Glueing leaves to wreath

6. Glue leaves to wreath

Just add glue! Have the kids stick the leaves to their painted rings.

Fall Leaf Rubbings Wreath

 

Thank you for joining me, I hope you will go and enjoy some simple leaf art with your children. Let us know where it leads you.

About the Author

Joanna of The Blue Barn

Joanna Walker is the creator behind The Blue Barn which offers art experiences for children, and she teaches preschool art classes part-time. She’s a mom to four children ages 13, 11, 9 & 7.

If you’d like to see more ideas from Joanna, you can check out her blog, Blue Barn Living. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Her favorite place to hang out online is Instagram for the positive, supportive community of each other’s creativity– and there is SO much inspiration to be found.

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How to Draw a Turkey

Learn How to Draw a Turkey with our Step by Step Turkey Drawing instructions. If you are a teacher and want to do a Thanksgiving project with your kids, why not teach them this? Perfect for  beginners too! Love simple how to draw tutorials for kids? We have many waiting for you. *this post contains affiliate […]

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Gobble Up These 12 Turkey Crafts for Kids

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Get ready for Thanksgiving with super fun turkey crafts for kids! Which cute gobbler will you make first?

I’m not sure where this entire fall went, but it’s already November! And that means Christmas is way too close already!

Since we haven’t been doing a lot of crafting lately I thought I’d share some turkeys I found on It’s Playtime last week.

Gobble Up These 12 Turkey Crafts for Kids

I love these 12 turkey crafts and delicious turkey snack ideas. I’m sure that you will gobble these fun crafts up, too!

10 Turkey Crafts for Kids

We love spending the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving creating fun crafts for the holiday.

These are some of my favorite easy, low-prep turkey crafts for kids.

My kids gobbled up the yummy turkey-themed turkey treats! And we had fun adding Baby Louis to our turkey family, too.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving crafts for kids to make? Share your ideas in the comments!

Wood Block Snowman Craft – The Best Christmas Craft this Season

Bring new life to scrap wood (or get wood blocks from the store) by making this gorgeous wood block snowman craft!  This adorable little Christmas craft will make a wonderful decoration for your home, and it’s really easy to make! *this post contains affiliate links* This project is great both for kids and adults, and […]

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Toddler Christmas Advent: 25 Days of Easy Activities Ebook

Can you believe Christmas is almost here?

Are you tired of feeling disorganized or frazzled during the holiday season?

Are you overwhelmed with how many Christmas ideas are out there?

Do you want a plan that is easy to follow this December?

I’ve designed a Toddler Christmas Advent ebook to help you solve these problems and more! 

If you’re ready to have your December planned for you,

Best Thanksgiving Activities

25 Thanksgiving activities for kids includes fun Thanksgiving Crafts, worksheets and Thanksgiving activities for kindergarten, preschool and toddlers.   

  I absolutely love Thanksgiving. Gathering around the table with loved ones, sharing everything we’re thankful for, and, of course, the food! Here are thanksgiving activities for kids. They are some of my favorites ways to practice gratitude, decorating, and learning about the history of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Activities

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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Not only are these beaded napkin rings beautiful, but they mean so much more than store bought!

While you’re at it, have them make some adorable pie-inspired garland to finish off your decorations!

Enjoy the delicious smell of pumpkin pie while the kids get in some sensory play with this pumpkin pie playdough recipe.

Read the wonderful book “Bear Says Thanks” and afterwards enjoy songs, drawing, and a simple craft with your preschooler.

Learn all about Indian corn and try out this stamping activity to make your own!

These pine cone turkeys are so cute, and a great way to put scrap supplies to use.

Even little ones can help make these Autumn tree pop-up cards!

This is adorable! Serve up these cute acorn-themed treats for a fun, seasonal dessert.

Add some homemade butter to your Thanksgiving feast!

It’s not really Thanksgiving without some turkey-themed crafts, is it? Take your hand turkeys to the next level with this approach that combines the whole family.

Or turn those hand prints into a keepsake ornament with this salt dough recipe!

Not only are these thankful turkeys super cute, they also help teach kids the concept of gratitude!

Incorporate some pretend play with these easy-to-make turkey puppets.

 

Thanksgiving Printables for Kids

Printables are a great way to work on the alphabet, counting, and motor skills while still having fun!

Print out some adorable napkin rings and brighten up your table. Bonus points for keeping the kids busy writing and drawing some of the things they’re thankful for!

Learn about the life cycle of pumpkins with this fun printable pack!

While you’re at it, teach them about the turkey life cycle as well!

Work on addition skills with this turkey-themed matching game.

This hands-on Pumpkin Twister printable will help your preschooler learn colors, follow directions, and distinguish left and right.

These thankful journals will get your kids thinking about everything they’re grateful for.

Do your kids know the origins of Thanksgiving? This printable pack will teach them the history of the holiday, along with working on numbers, letter matching, and writing.

This Thanksgiving game is so easy to set up, and a great way to practice numbers!

 

Get coloring with this Turkey shape matching activity.

If your kids love word search puzzles, this Thanksgiving themed word search is sure to be a hit!

This simple thanksgiving craft uses items you probably already have at home! Make a turkey with a paper cup and some feathers!

These Thanksgiving theme pattern mats are such fun too.

We are going to try several of these Thanksgiving activities! If you have any other favorite activities for the holiday, tell us more in the comments!

 

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Make Your Own Simple Thankful Chain for Thanksgiving

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What are you thankful for? Use this thankful chain idea, from Brigitte, to count your blessings for Thanksgiving!

It’s a tradition for our family to create a thankful tree and a thankful chain each year for Thanksgiving.

Not only does a thankful chain encourage us to be thankful, but this simple craft can also promote many skills such as cutting practice, writing practice, color sorting, and pattern making.

Make Your Own Simple Thankful Chain for Thanksgiving

For our thankful chain, we used:

  • construction paper – red, yellow, and orange
  • ruler
  • pen
  • scissors
  • stapler or tape

To begin creating our thankful chain, I trace lines on to various colored pieces of construction paper using a ruler and a pen.

I often use red, orange, and yellow construction paper to match the colors of fall leaves. But you can use any colors that your family likes.

Create strips of construction paper to make your own DIY thankful chain for Thanksgiving!

Next, my daughters cut on the lines to create multiple strips of paper. This makes great cutting practice and works on fine motor skills, too.

Cut out the strips to make your thankful chain. This is great fine motor practice!

Then, they write what they are thankful for on one side of each strip. When they were younger, I would write the words as they told me them.

If your children want, they could draw a small picture on their strips to show what they are thankful for.

Work as a family to write down things you are thankful for to add to your thankful chain!

Use your chain to spark conversation with thankful conversation starters.

Next, my daughters sort the strips by color. This part of the activity doubles as color matching practice!

Sort your colored strips while you make your thankful chain!

Having the strips sorted by color makes it easier for them to create a color pattern with the strips. We decided to do red, orange, yellow as a repeating pattern the last time we did this project.

As my daughters hand me the strips of paper, I staple them together one at a time to make the chain.

Make a loop or ring with the first paper strip by bending the paper until the ends touch. Then staple them together.

For the rest of the rings, pass the colored paper through the last link you made. Then bend the paper into a loop and staple the ends.

If you don’t have staples on hand, you could also use tape.

Practice pattern making with different colors when you make your thankful chain for Thanksgiving!

You can decide as a family how to grow your chain.

Will you make a big long chain all at once? Or will you add a few links every day or every week?

It’s totally up to you!

Throughout November, we’ll keep adding links to our thankful chain.

It can be fun to measure the chain when completed and as it grows. Is it taller or shorter than each of us?

We always hang the chain somewhere around our house to display the things we are thankful for. It makes a great autumn and Thanksgiving themed decoration.

Decorate your house with a simple DIY thankful chain for Thanksgiving!

What are some ways you show what you are thankful for? Share your favorite thankful Thanksgiving projects with us!

Healthy Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Try these AMAZING, HEALTHY Cinnamon Rolls for a holiday brunch or weekend breakfast!

I knew I wanted a healthier cinnamon roll on the blog for at least a decade.  My oldest son is really good at making cinnamon rolls, and there were many weekends we enjoyed them. However, the way he made them was drenched with butter, topped with HUGE amounts of brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon. Don’t get me wrong… they WERE amazing. But I knew we could do better, and I knew that with just a few modifications, we could still have them be delicious, while cutting back on most of the sugar we were using.

This new recipe for healthy cinnamon rolls is the answer!  We now have several people on our team working on these recipes, and testing them to make sure they don’t just turn out once, but that they can be made again and again with very little problems.  The girls on our team are not only great cooks, but they have families that taste test all the recipes that come through our site.  Kid approval is a top priority here!

What is whole wheat pastry flour?

These cinnamon rolls started with some whole wheat pastry flour.  Regular whole wheat flour is more dense and heavier. When you want to create a more delicate pastry, but are trying to use as much whole wheat as possible, whole wheat pastry flour is a great option.  According to the Bob’s Red Mill site,

Many people ask how whole wheat pastry flour is different from whole wheat flour. It’s simple: whole wheat pastry flour is milled from white soft wheat, whereas regular whole wheat flour is milled from red hard wheat. It has a lower protein content than regular whole wheat flour and it makes wonderfully tender whole grain baked goods like pie crust, muffins, quick breads, pastries and cookies, yet it still retains the nutrients of the bran and germ.  (source)

Why these cinnamon rolls are different:

Unlike cinnamon rolls that require time to rise, this is just mix and bake! You can literally have the most amazing healthier cinnamon roll for breakfast in 30 minutes flat!  Another way these are different is what we decided to use for the frosting to make it healthier. Instead of powdered sugar and butter, we are using Greek yogurt cream cheese! Yes, this is a thing, and it’s AMAZING. Check your local store by the other cream cheese products to see if you can get it locally.

For the filling, we used coconut sugar. Coconut sugar has a RICH flavor that allows you to use less sugar to get a powerful taste. 

And there you have it! How long are you going to wait to try these out?  Get started making them for your next holiday get together and your friend and family will love you for bringing them.

Other delicious recipes we have for bakery breakfast items:

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Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie

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Handprint Christmas Tree

This handprint Christmas tree craft makes a wonderful ornament for your tree and a keepsake to treasure for years to come. Why not make one each year and see the little hands change throughout the years? Oh so precious. We’ve got plenty more of jolly ideas – browse through some of our best Christmas craft […]

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Ultimate Halloween Activities For Kids

There are so many fun Halloween activities for kids! I just love this time of year. We got Halloween crafts, books, decorating, printables, recipes, and all kinds of fun Halloween activities for you to enjoy with your preschoolers.

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Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids and parents. There are so many awesome activities to enjoy! There’s loads of ideas out there , but today we’re sharing with you the best Halloween activities that we’ve posted on Fun With Mama. We’ve also added some fun videos and a few fingerplays. Of course no resource list would be complete without some great Halloween books, so we we got a list of books that your kids are sure to enjoy.

Let’s get started

Halloween Activities For Kids

Halloween Printables

Don’t you just love printables? Just download the files, print, and you are ready to go with some fun (and easy) Halloween activities for kids. They also make great boredom busters! Here’s some of our favorites.

Want some more printables? Here’s 13 Free Halloween Printables That Your Kids Will Love

Ooey Gooey Stuff

Preshoolers love ooey gooey sensory stuff, so make up  a batch and let them play!

Halloween Painting Fun

What could be more fun than some painting and you probably have the supplies already!

Halloween Decorations

Halloween decorations are fun! You only need a few!

Halloween Food

Here’s some fun Halloween ideas that will delight your kids

halloween activities for kids

Halloween Books

There are such fabulous Halloween picture books. These are the favorites at our library, so they are kid tested and parent approved.

Halloween Dance/Movement Videos

These will get your kids moving around. Put on the videos and prepare for lots of giggles.

Your Turn

What are your favorite Halloween activities for kids ? Leave a comment below.

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Turkey Life Cycle

What is a baby turkey called? A poult! Do turkey’s lay eggs? Yes! In this Turkey Life Cycle activity pack children will learn some fun turkey animal facts as well as all about turkey eggs!

Learning about the turkey life cycle can be so much fun. This is great fun printable pack for preschoolers and toddlers. With 70 pages of fun, hands-on and written fun, your children will enjoy learning about the different stages of the turkey life cycle. The great thing is, many of these activities can be enjoy multiple times and in a variety of ways.

TURKEY LIFE CYCLE LEARNING PACK

 

turkey life cycle

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Here are some items that pair well with these activities. You will use each of these items over and over during all my printable preschool activity packs.

 

The Turkey life cycle is really interesting and is a great showcase of a child being nurtured by it’s mother. Children will learn about how Turkey’s are a bird. They start as an egg and grow inside this egg. Once they are ready, they hatch.

How amazing is that whole process? I am always blown away by life cycles. Sure, we do growth cycle of plants, like the Pumpkin Life Cycle, but for me… nothing can be more interesting than a living creatures life cycle. Each creature’s life begins differently in many ways. In the Life Cycle Of A Frog  activity pack, we learned that frogs begin as tadpoles. In the Bat Life Cycle Facts For Kids activity pack we learned that bat’s are nocturnal animals. There is just SO much to learn and I swear, my 5 year old daughter just eat’s up these activity packs. She has wonderful knowledge of life because we go through these type of packs.

She asks a ton of questions so I know that she is really absorbing what she is learning. She always has fun information to take back to her peers are her preschool.

turkey animal facts

You can be sure that there are many activities for preschoolers in this pack including your favorite Do A Dot pages, information cards, alphabet cards, math cards, 3 part cards and more.

There is also a sequencing life cycle activity that can be re-used using velcro dots.

 

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Pumpkin Patch Shape Matching Mats

Who said pumpkins have to be one particular shape? A great way to learn a variety of 2d shapes is with these fun Pumpkin Patch Shape Matching Mats. These mats can be used to help children learn to recognize the different shapes as they match the colored pumpkins to the ones in the pumpkin patch.

PUMPKIN PATCH SHAPE MATCHING MATS

These pumpkin patch shape coloring mats are great for kids who enjoy learning about shapes. They can practice learning their shapes while building their fine motor skills by cutting and pasting the matching shapes. Make it reusable by using velcro dots.

We love working on shapes using my 2d shapes worksheets and the 3d shapes worksheets activities pack (for more of a challenge). I also love theming our activities to the current season. That’s why the adorable pumpkin patch is the perfect addition to our Halloween activities for toddlers.

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Here are some items that pair well with these activities. You will use each of these items over and over during all my printable preschool activity packs.

This Pumpkin Patch Shape Matching Mats printable pack contains 2 printable mats.

In this printable pack, children will be introduced to eleven different 2d shapes. They are:

  • Circle
  • Diamond
  • Hexagon
  • Octagon
  • Parallelogram
  • Pentagon
  • Rectangle
  • Square
  • Triangle
  • Rhombus
  • Trapezoid

To prepare these Mats:

Once printed out, cut out the colored shapes and laminate them as well as the two pumpkin patch mats. Velcro dots can be placed on the shapes on the mats as well as on the back of the shapes.

Ways to use these Mats:

  • Laminate the mats and have your child decorate the shapes on the mats with a dry erase marker. They could also practice writing the name of the shapes as well. This is a great idea if you have multiple children and wish to reuse the mats.
  • Use playdough to create your own shapes and place these over the shapes on the pumpkin patch mats
  • Laminate the mats and have your child place the included shapes onto the correct shapes on the pumpkin patch mats.

This printable pack only comes in black and white but can also be found within our Halloween bundle.

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Amazing Pumpkin Painting Ideas & Other No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

If you plan to make a no carve Halloween pumpkin this year , you’ll love these unique pumpkin painting ideas – from the roaring dinosaur pumpkin to simple emoji pumpkins. Many cute ideas as well as scary ones! Browse through these pumpkin decorating ideas and we are sure you won’t be able to pick just […]

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