Feed the Turkey with this super easy toddler activity.
Please don’t look at this idea and think “She is so crafty!” I am not crafty. Crafty people can make their own holiday wreaths and turn a few gourds into a Martha Stewart centerpiece. That’s not exactly what’s going on with Feed the Turkey.
Feed the Turkey is (in a nut shell) a recycled activity with a turkey face on it. I promise I’m trying to sell you on this activity, but I’m also trying to be honest – it was that easy and it’s that awesome. My kids will be playing with it until the actual turkey is carved.
RELATED: Check out my post on 30+ Easy Thanksgiving Activities for Toddlers.
This activity just looks crafty
(it isn’t actually)
Just because something looks crafty doesn’t mean it actually is crafty. This activity was so easy. A little dumpster diving for a plastic jar and a few pieces of construction paper… and bam! An easy Thanksgiving activity.
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- Plastic jar (I used one for creamer)
- Pom pom balls
- Plastic tongs
- Construction paper
- Googly eyes (which I have on hand but have no idea why I own…)
A little inspiration for this Feed the Turkey
There are actually two inspirations for this activity.
We just did a Grab and Drop activity with basically the same set up (but a year round, non-seasonal activity) and Mom Inspired Life’s Feed the Turkey Counting Activity which is a fabulous way to add some math into this style of activity.
I promise you – it was a fast set up
I grabbed my empty container and in under 2 minutes, I had transformed it into a turkey. I did use super glue to hold the construction paper to the plastic and I feel like that has helped Mr. Turkey stay alive. It’s been a week now and he hasn’t lost a single body part.
What’s my daughter learning here?
My daughter (2.5y) is working on a lot of skills in this simple activity:
- Fine motor skills
- Hand-eye coordination
- Problem solving – it wasn’t always smooth sailing
- Independent play – yes, this is a real skill to work on
Easy activities are sometimes the best activities
It isn’t always the fancy, crafty activities that are the best. Sometimes, the best activity you can put together is just shoving pom pom balls into a piece of plastic decorated like a turkey – and it turns out to be a real winner.
When are you going to make your Feed the Turkey activity?