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Thanksgiving Craft: Fingerprint Turkey Cards

Fingerprint Turkey Cards

With Thanksgiving coming sooner than I’m ready to admit, I’ve been reflecting on what I’m thankful for and looking for ways to help my son do the same.  Four year olds are all kinds of selfish, so I’ll seize any opportunity to get him thinking about others.  With that in mind, we set out to make some cards to send to friends and family to let them know we are grateful to have them in our lives.  I found the inspiration for these fingerprint turkey cards in Family Fun magazine, where they were imagined as place cards.  Whether you make them as place cards, greeting cards or just make them for the fun of it, they are a cute way to get ready for turkey day.

Supplies for Fingerprint Turkey CardsSend a note of thanks with these fingerprint turkey cards.  Fun craft project for preschoolers. You’ll need:
Blank Greeting Cards or Cardstock
Non-Toxic Ink Pads in your choice of colors
Markers/Paint Markers for Decorating

I happened to find all the colors I wanted in one huge ink pad at JoAnn that was perfect for this project.

We made two styles of turkey, one facing front, one facing to the side. I envisioned taking step-by-step photos while Jake and I made cards. Then I was faced with the harsh reality that ink pads, little fingers and expensive cameras probably aren’t an ideal combination. So I waited until naptime to do a set on my own.

For the front facing turkey, start by making a row of feathers with your index finger.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Front Step 2Add more rows of feathers in colors of your choice.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Front Step3Make the body with a thumbprint.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Front FacingAdd eyes, beak and feet.  We used paint markers for the eyes and beak – markers won’t show up over the ink.

(If you have any googly eyes around, they’d be a cute touch.)

Now, how about those side facing turkeys:

Fingerprint Turkey - Side Step 1Make the body with a sideways thumbprint and use your index finger for the head.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Side Step 2Add rows of index print feathers.

Fingerprint Turkeys - Side Step 3Add eye, beak, wattle and feet.


Fingerprint Turkey CardsKinda cute, don’t you think?

Feel free to doodle some more.  Sunshine and an airplane are good choices.

Fingerprint Thanksgiving CardI think Daddy will like it.

An afternoon of crafting, that’s something else to be thankful for.

Marshmallow Ghosts: Easy Halloween Craft

When the twins go down for their nap in the afternoon, I like to spend a little one on one time with Jake before he heads up for a nap of his own. This is a simple craft idea I found at No Time for Flash Cards (a must visit if you have young children).

You’ll need just three things for this project: Black paper, glue, and marshmallows.

Marshmallow Ghost Craft Supplies

Draw a ghost outline on the paper with glue.

Marshmallow Ghost Craft Step 1

Then glue marshmallows around the outline. We used Allie’s tip to work some counting practice in. Five marshmallows in, Jake got to eat one. Then after ten more, he had another. Fifteen more, another marshmallow, and so on. Plus a bonus marshmallow at the end, because they are yummy.

Marshmallow Ghost Craft

Once the outline was complete, Jake added eyes, a nose and a mouth.

Marshmallow Ghost Craft Step 3

Spooky, eh?

Marshmallow Ghost Craft

Creative Inspiration from the FedEx Out of Office Blog

It happens just about every weekday.  I put the twins down for their nap, head back downstairs and Jake pounces on me.  “Let’s do a project!” he shouts.  About 90% of the time I’m totally unprepared for the possibility.  I’ve been scouring the internet for simple projects that don’t take a lot of time or fancy materials and I’ve found a number of fun ideas at Out of Office, a blog from FedEx Office.

They sent us a craft pack with everything we needed to make these bookmarks.  What I love about these is that you can probably find everything you’d need to make them around your house and the decorating possibilities are endless.

If you want to make sure the bookmarks stand up to the test of time, swing by FedEx Office and have them laminated.

Wouldn’t this be a great project to do at this time each year to encourage kids to dive into some summer reading?

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of FedEx Office and received the items necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions expressed are my own.

Kid’s Art Project – Painting Autumn

This week we brought some fall color indoors by painting a tree with leaves in a rainbow of fall colors. With just a little help to get the basic shape, Jake started with a trunk and branches.

Using a cardstock template I drew freehand to give the tree shape, he sponged on leaves in red, orange and yellow.

This was a fun and easy project. Here’s our finished work of art hanging in (on) our home gallery.

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