Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorter Toddler Toy

Thanksgiving is around the corner. Back where I hail from (Singapore), we don't celebrate Thanksgiving so I had no clue about the origin of this festival which is one of the most celebrated national holiday events in the US. The lack of knowledge wouldn't do! So I did some digging and learned the following:

  • From History.com - Thanksgiving originated as a harvest festival where English pilgrims and Native Americans came together for the first time
  • From Kiddyhouse.com - turkeys became the symbol for Thanksgiving dinners because of the four wild turkeys that were served at the first Thanksgiving feast

Inspired by all this new knowledge, I decided to do a turkey-themed art and craft activity for my little toddler, which also served an added function of teaching color-sorting.

Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorter Toddler Toy

Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorter Toddler Toy

Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorter Toddler Toy

DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorter Toddler Toy!

Tutorial

You will require these materials:

  • Paper plate
  • Black marker
  • Other art supplies - markers, paint or crayons
  • Bottle caps
  • Hot glue gun or double-sided tape
  • Pom pom balls

Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorter Toddler Toy

Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorter Toddler Toy

Steps:

  • Draw a turkey on the paper plate with a black marker (Remember to include the turkey's defining feature - the "snoods", otherwise known as the red fleshy thing hanging off turkeys' beaks!)
  • Decorate the paper plate with your toddler using art supplies
  • Use hot glue gun or tape to secure bottle caps on the edge of paper plate, fitting them in as design for the turkey feathers
  • Provide your toddler with pom pom balls of corresponding colors to the bottle caps
  • Encourage toddler to match the pom pom balls to the bottle caps

Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorter Toddler Toy

Benefits of this Color Sorting + Art Activity

  • Teach one-to-one correspondence, a basic math skill (Children learn this when placing each pom pom ball into bottle cap)
  • Practise counting which teaches numbers
  • Build color and animal (turkey) recognition
  • Enhance understanding of cultures and events (thanksgiving)
  • Fine motor (esp pincer grip) practice
  • Build focus and concentration
  • Encourage self-expression with free-style decoration of turkey

When your little one is done with color sorting, put this turkey up on the door or wall as seasonal decoration at home! Your toddler will be so pleased and proud to see her artwork being displayed.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorter Toddler Toy

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