Friday, November 12, 2010

Yarn Ball Turkey

What a TurkeySupplies
-9" polystyrene ball
-dark brown yarn
-light brown yarn
-wooden craft stick or wooden skewers
-felt (white, yellow, red)
-black pom-poms
-construction paper

What a Turkey
Ask each child to write what she's thankful for on a paper feather, then stick it into this cute turkey centerpiece. 

How to make it: Cut a 1-inch sliver off the bottom of a 9-inch polystyrene ball. Wrap sphere neatly in thick dark-brown yarn, covering surface completely; knot on bottom. Make a 4-inch ball from light-brown yarn and attach to body with a wooden craft stick. Create simple facial features using felt: white circles (approximately the size of a quarter, with 1/8-inch pom-poms for pupils) for eyes, yellow triangles for the beak, and long red felt teardrops as the wattle. Cut feather shapes from colored craft paper and bend in half lengthwise to create seam. Glue wooden craft stick to the bottom third of the feather and insert in a fan shape on turkey body.

This project could be made easy for the littlest kids by pre-making several parts and letting the child simply decorate the feathers any way he/she wants. i.e. coloring, stickers, painting, glitter... Or this project could be for an older child who has the skills to write, wrap yarn, cut and glue.


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