Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Holidays are the perfect opportunity to let your kids make some artwork. It entirely possible for kids to make art that isn’t incredibly messy or time consuming. Channel some of your children’s excitement about Thanksgiving into fun, colorful, pieces of art. Here are a few ideas to start with.
What could be more traditional than the iconic “handprint turkey”? Many kids first learn how to make one when they are in preschool or kindergarten. Older kids might decide to draw one just for fun. It is very easy to do. Parents can provide a little help if a child has difficulty with it. You will need:
* White paper (computer paper will do)
* Markers or crayons in fall colors (red, orange, brown, yellow)
Step One: A child needs to place his or her hand on the paper, palm down. Next, spread out the fingers as wide as possible (or comfortable).
Step Two: The child can trace around his or her hand using a pencil. Most find it easiest to trace their non-dominant hand. Parents can help with this part by doing the tracing or by letting the child trace the parent’s hand.
Step Three: When the tracing is done, it is time for the child to take his or her hand off the paper. The “thumb” becomes the turkey’s head. The fingers become feathers in the turkey’s tail. Kids can draw the turkey’s face, feet, and wings. They can color the feathers however they would like to.
Thanksgiving Coloring Sheets
Do your kids prefer to color (instead of draw)? They can still participate in Thanksgiving Day artwork with some free, printable, coloring sheets. Parents can cover the finished coloring with clear contact paper (both front and back) and use the artwork as placemats at Thanksgiving dinner.
Crayola.com has a “Happy Turkey Day” coloring sheet. It shows a goofy looking turkey who is holding a pumpkin pie and a small pumpkin. (This coloring sheet can be colored online).
Disney has a “Mickey & Friends Thanksgiving Coloring Page” that shows Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy at the table for Thanksgiving dinner. They are wearing pilgrim outfits.
Nick Jr. has an entire “Dora’s Thanksgiving Coloring Book”. It has five pages that can be printed out. Dora is wearing a pilgrim hat and there are fall leaves and pumpkins on some of the pages. Parents can choose to print out just one page or all five pages of this coloring book.