Being a former preschool teacher means I have an endless supply of art activities just stored away in my brain, each related to a specific theme. Thanksgiving art projects are one of my favorites, because you can do so much with handprints and footprints. And who doesn’t love adorable little tiny handprints and footprints??
Little G was sick recently, with yet another ear infection, so while he was home with me, I decided to fill the day with some art projects to keep him busy. The only problem is that my poor child hates getting messy most of the time. This is so bizarre to me, because I just love getting messy for art and sensory activities. It makes things a little more difficult to come up with non-messy art projects that won’t make him upset (don’t you worry though, I do plenty of messy activities with him too, in hopes that eventually he will get over his aversion).
So for this project, I decided to use ripped up paper and a glue stick, so that the only messiness would be if he touched the glue stick goop with his fingers (of course he did, good thing it dried FAST). I made one turkey body by tracing his hand, and one by tracing my hand, then flipped them in opposite directions, so they would be looking at each other when we were done.
Little G had so much fun picking up the little scraps of paper and putting them on his turkey’s body. And that is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills (pincer grip!!), which in turn will help with handwriting and language development.
He had so much fun, that when he was done I gave him some scrap paper so he could continue gluing. The great thing about this activity is that it is super quick, so even if you don’t have much time on your hands, you can still whip up a meaningful activity that will also help your toddler with their developmental needs. It’s a win for you, and a win for baby!
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