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This workshop was all about Thanksgiving, so we read 10 Fat Turkeys, a silly story just right for the occasion. It’s a great ESL book – it’s simple, there is some counting and some rhyming and it’s just great all around fun. And, what better craft to do than a gobble gobble wibble wobbling turkey:
- construction paper
- an empty thread spool (we didn’t have any- ours is jimmy-rigged, you can read the explanation lat the bottom)
- a straw
- 2 rubber bands
- goggly eyes
- colored pens
Here’s what you do:
Step 1: Trace your hand onto the construction paper.
Step 2: Color and decorate your hand like a turkey (don’t forget the beak and the red wobbly thing on the nose).
Step 3: Cut out your turkey (make sure that the bottom part of the turkey is flat) and glue on the googly eyes
Now comes the hard part:
Step 4: Cut a piece of straw about 2.5cm longer than the spool. Put the paper clip onto one of the rubber bands and thread the rubber band into the straw (you may need a skewer or toothpick to help you do this).
Step 5: Thread the straw/rubber band/ paperclip through the spool. Push through until the end of the straw with the paperclip is flush with the spool.
** MacGyver’d spool: we didn’t have any spools, so we used an awl to punch holes into milk bottle caps. We took old paper towel rolls and cut them about the size of spools and glued the caps onto each end. Tadah -our makeshift spools.**
Step 6: Secure the paperclip to the spool with a piece of tape.
Step 7: Punch a hole into the FRONT of the turkey and slide it onto the straw/spool contraption. Cut another piece of straw about 5cm long and through the rubber band.
Step 8: Wind it up and watch your turkey wobble.
Thanks to Heather Swain Books for this fab idea!