With only a couple weeks left until Thanksgiving, the girls decided we needed some holiday appropriate decor in the house. They’ve been watching Annedroids lately, and took note of their very handy recycling of everything in the junkyard.
We aren’t quite at the lawnmower building stage, but they took their inspiration from there, hit up our recycling bin and let their soar.
Just as Anne uses things found in her junkyard to create new inventions, we are helping to celebrate National Recycling Week by creating our own Thankful Turkey from milk containers, cardboard, snack and cereal boxes and random scrapbook paper. We first gathered all of our supplies (milk gallon, boxes and scrap paper) from the recycle bin.
I created a template of all of the turkey shapes (feel free to click to download) to cut out. Here’s a preview of the Thankful Turkey Template. Click on it to download full-sized (8.5 x 11).
Since we knew the tail feathers would need to stand up, we glued the paper to the unfolded thinner boxes (think cereal or snack boxes) for reinforcement, while the oldest cut out the template pieces.
We found it best to spread the glue in a thin layer with our fingers to make sure the paper had good contact with the cardboard.
While the glue was drying, we traced our template pieces onto the appropriate colors, keeping in mind that it was best to trace on the back of the paper so we couldn’t see our pencil lines.
We decided to use our hands as the template for the turkey feet.
Once the glue was dry, we traced our feather shape onto the paper glued to the box. Since we traced onto the visible side, we just cut inside the lines. We didn’t worry about one edge hanging off the paper since it was going to be glued onto the back of the bird.
Once all of the feathers and other pieces were cut out, we decided on the feather colors we wanted on our birds.
Then, each family member received a feather for one person’s bird. We all wrote on our feather what we were thankful for for that person.
The back edge of the milk container was a corner and was too hard to glue all of the feathers. So, we found another scrap of thicker cardboard and glued it onto the container. This gave us a nice flat surface on which to glue all of the feathers so they would shoe easily. (All gluing onto the milk container was done by an adult because a hot glue gun was necessary.)
Once Mr. Thankful Turkey was admired, we had a fabulous table centerpiece for the rest of the month. (Take note, N decided that the cat needed to do a feather as well as her two year old sister, and herself. Which by the way, she’s thankful for herself!).
We have bird feathers to finish off for everybody else in the family so they can each see what we all appreciate about them!
In a rush and don’t want to glue everything to a milk container? You can always take the same idea and template pieces and make a body out of a piece of paper. But, we are partial to the milk jug!
Annedroids is a live-action adventure series available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The show features the young female scientist “Anne, her human friends and their android assistants while making scientific discoveries through trip and error. Unlike many other kids shows, it shows how science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEM) can inspire children to do great things. While they have many successes, they also learn just as much from their failures as opportunities to try new things.
Have you and your kids been inspired to create something new from something old?
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