Toddler Craft Tuesday: Turkey Hands and Cotton Clouds
This week we wanted stick with the Thanksgiving theme since it’s only a couple of weeks away! Per usual, this is another simple craft, but it involves a little more help from mom and dad. This project is great for helping those little ones with their safety scissor skills! This was our little guys first time using safety scissors, or scissors at all, and I was amazed at how well he did! It’s also a good sensory activity since you’re putting paint on their hands,
What you will need:
Construction Paper – Blue and Green
Acrylic Paint – Brown, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green
First, you will want to hold the green paper and give your little one that safety scissors. I held the paper between the scissors so all he had to do was cut down. You could also put the paper so that some of it is hanging off the table and tape it so that it doesn’t fall off, then have them cut the end that’s off of the table. The goal is to make it look like grass.
Once your little one has cut the grass it’s time to glue it onto the background! I always give him full control of the glue stick, which is why this week you will notice the big discolored line between the turkeys… that was dried glue. He went a little crazy this time. I just tell myself that it gives the project character!I just tell myself that it gives the project character! Click To Tweet
The fun part comes next! You get to paint their little hands! I did one at a time so that I could wipe one off before we did the other, I imagined paint all over my table otherwise. I painted the palm of his hand and thumb brown, then each finger a different color between yellow, orange, red and green. I used a different paint brush for each color so that I could move quicker, my guy isn’t very patient and I didn’t want the paint to dry. After their hands are painted help them “stamp” their hand on the paper. I found that it helped to push down on the top of his hand and each finger. (Don’t be afraid to make the paint really thick on their hand!)
While their hand stamps dry you can have them glue the cotton clouds onto the top of the paper! I just took some cotton balls and unrolled the ones that would unroll easily, if they didn’t then I just helped my son pull them apart so that they looked like clouds. I had him glueing them onto the paper as we were pulling them apart, just to keep the mess minimal.
The very last thing that you want to do to finish is add one googly eye to each thumb! I waited until the paint was dry to add ours. Then it’s time to show off on the refrigerator! 🙂