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Yesterday, we read ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey. There are so many reasons why I love this book. It’s downright funny, but it also pulls in MANY references to other books and media. Written in the same prose as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, it is about school kids who take a field trip to a turkey farm. In an attempt to keep the turkeys from becoming Thanksgiving dinner, the school kids hide the turkeys.
This year, an idea popped into my head after reading it. Why don’t I pull down all the craft supplies (that have shamefully sat idol in my attic for the last 5 years) and let my kids hide some turkeys of their own? You can download the turkey template for free HERE.
All three kiddos enjoyed the activity immensely.
NJoy (4 years old) and MBug (2 years old) decorated their turkeys with as many art supplies as they could: feathers, sequins, stickers, pom-poms, ribbon…
if I pulled it out of the attic, they used it!
I challenged ALuv (7 years old), not only to decorate his turkey, but to camouflage it. He did some color matching and found the perfect spot.
Once the turkeys were complete, they each found a place to “hide” their turkey. When daddy came home, he had quite the turkey scavenger hunt! The kids enjoyed this so much that we may just do this again next week when all the cousins are here for Thanksgiving.Enjoy teaching!
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This is great! My three year old would also use everything I pulled out, lol. I love the camouflage challenge.
Lindsay @ Bytes of Memory says
Cute!! We just read this book today 🙂 I think we will do this tomorrow too! Thanks for the fun idea!
Thanks! Have fun! 🙂
LOOOOOVE this idea!