Your children will have fun designing a turkey disguise for the turkey on the template in this printable set. I chose to make my turkey a unicorn. Your children will have fun using a STEAM planning document and our list of ideas to come up with their own turkey disguise. It totally doesn’t have to be a unicorn.
Turkey Disguise Project
Downloading the Project Pages
You will need to download a copy of the STEAM Turkey Disguise Project. It includes the disguise planning document, the turkey template, and a disguise idea chart. All of the pages in the set were designed to be printed on a black and white printer.
Gathering Decorating Supplies
Here are some supplies you will want to put out for your disguise designers:
- Fabric Scraps
- Construction Paper or Colored Cardstock
- Bits of Nature Gathered from Outdoors (Twigs or Leaves)
Planning The Disguise
Before your children create their disguise, they will need to plan it. I worked on the unicorn design several times before I ever picked up a pair of scissors. The planning document in the set has a large space to draw a costume or disguise on.
Creating the Disguise
Your children may create a costume that covers some of all of the turkey. It is up to you or them to decide how much of the turkey they want to cover. You can also decide just what supplies you want them to use.
If your children decide not to cover all of their turkey, they will need to color the parts of the turkey that will be showing.
When they are ready, they can start constructing the turkey’s disguise.
How I Made the Unicorn
The unicorn I created was made of three pieces of white cardstock. It has head, horn and body section. Once they were cut out, each piece was outlined with a gold or silver marker.
The head was made big so it would cover the turkey’s head and some of its feathers. The nostrils of the unicorn are the eyeholes for the turkey. I wanted his eyes to show through from the back.
The mane and the tail were created using a variety of curled ribbon. The ribbon was glued to the back of the unicorn.
After coloring the turkey, I dressed him in his disguise. Your children don’t have to color the turkey of they don’t want to.
Here are some more turkey disguise ideas:
If you like this turkey craft here are some more you will like.
Yesterday I shared a Thanksgiving science experiment explored building a boat to the Pilgrims. Today I have the second in a series of Thanksgiving Experiments to share with you It is called Do Cranberries Sink or Float?
This is the time of year that you may be a find cranberries for less than a dollar in your area around Thanksgiving. That makes now a great time to explore this Thanksgiving science experiment with cranberries.
Thanksgiving Science Experiments with Cranberries
Before You Get Started
I have created a Thanksgiving Science Cranberry Sink or Float prediction and recording sheet. You may want to print it out to use with your children.
Why Do Cranberries Float?
If you have ever been to a cranberry bog, you will notice that the cranberries float. This first experiment will explore just why they float.
Before you start this experiment, you may want to have your children predict why the cranberries float by drawing pictures and/or writing a hypothesis. I have created primary and grade school versions prediction recording sheets.
You will want to start the experiment by placing a bunch of cranberries into an empty tub.
Then you will add water to the tub. Your children will notice that as you add water to the tub. The cranberries start to float.
As you continue to add water to the tub, the cranberries will continue to rise.
Will Half a Cranberry Float?
The second experiment requires cranberries cut in half. You will then show your children the four hallow areas inside of the cranberry. Each of those sections is an air pocket. It is those air pockets that make it float.
Now that the air can get out of the cranberry still float. Your children will need to drop the halved cranberries into the water.
Have them try to come up with why the cranberries still float!
If you like this experiment, here are some more you will love:
This week I am sharing with you several Thanksgiving-themed STEM challenges. Today’s STEM challenge is building a tin foil boat for Pilgrims and some of their supplies to travel in. If you want your children to explore building a tin foil boat first, you could have them do a tin foil boat penny challenge.
Getting Ready for the STEM Challenge
Creating the Pilgrims
There are several things you are going to do to get ready for the STEM challenge. The first is to create a set of Pilgrims.
- Unfinished Wood Peg People
- Black Acrylic Paint
- White Felt
- You will need to paint the bodies of the peg people black.
- Then you will need to cut out a collar for each of the peg people and a hat for the Pilgrim lady out of felt, We cut ours out freehand. (I am working a set of patterns you can use for them.)
- Next, you will need to glue the collars and hat on the Pilgrims.
Gathering the Boat Supplies
Your children will need the following supplies to create the boat.
- Bendy Straws
- Card Stock
- Wooden Blocks*
*Your children will use the wooden blocks to represent the supplies the Pilgrims are traveling with.
Getting the Recording Printable
You will need to print out a copy of the Build the Pilgrims a Boat Challenge for each of your children. The printable was designed to be printed out on a black and white printer.
Conducting the STEM Challenge
Your children will need to design a boat that will not only float on the water it will need to carry the pilgrims and their supplies.
Once they have drawn out their design, they will need to create the boat and its sails.
Finally, they will need to test out their design. If they find it doesn’t float well, they will need to work on a redesign.
This STEM experiment invited children to make a create Elf on the Shelf zip line. Your children will see that the Elf on the Shelf is carrying a Christmas ornament he has taken from a tree. He will need to find a way to get off the tree and head to floor. A zip line is going to be just what he needs.
Getting Ready for the Creative Elf on the Shelf STEM Activity
Before your children can start the activity, you will need to download a copy of the Elf on the Shelf Zip Line STEM Challenge. It includes a copy of the elf and the planning document. You can be printed out on a black and white printer.
Then you will need to gather the materials your children can be used to make the zip line. Here is what you are going to need:
- String or Twine
- Bendy Straws
- Elf Cut Out
- Paper Clips
- Tree Branch (Real or Fake)
- Empty Juice Boxes
Creating Creative Elf on the Shelf Zip Line
Before your children get started they will need to ask the following questions:
- Will the elf travel sit, stand or lay down?
- How can you keep the elf on the zip line?
- What can you attach to the top of the zip line car that will create the least amount of friction?
- How can you make the branch the zip line is attached to stable?
- What can you attach the end of the zip line to?
Next, you will need to decide if you want your children to create a plan for the zip line before they create it or after they have completed it. Remember even if they create a plan they may need to revise it as they build their zip lines.
Then it is time to create the zip line. Your children will need to come up with a branch to attach the zip line to, a zip line car, and ways to attach the zip line at the top and bottom.
If you like this STEM experiment, then here are some more you will love.
With this free set of editable Christmas ornaments, you create your own matching activities. They will be great to use as your reading center activities for the month of December. What fun it will be to create matching activities that feature the words and skills you are working with your children.
Getting the Reading Center Activities Ready
The first thing you will need to do is print out the Reading Center Ideas – Create Your Own Matching Activities set. They were created in color. Your reading activities will look best when they are printed in color.
Then you will need to open up the PDF. You will find that there are twelve ornaments in the set.
Next, you will need to decide what skill you want your children to work on.
Here are some reading center activities you could have your children work on:
- Sight Words
- Rhyming Words
- Color Words to Colored Spots
- Number Words to Numbers
- Vowel Sound to Word
- Contractions to Whole Words
Each of the ornaments has a text box that you can type your words into. The text boxes how words with up to eight letters.
Ways to Have Children Use the Matching Cards
- The circular cards fit into muffin cups. You can place one of each match into a muffin cup. Your children can sort through a stack of the remaining cards to find the match for each card in a cup.
- Children can turn over all the cards and play a concentration game with them.
- Children can cut out each of the circles. Then they can glue the matches side by side on a piece of paper.
If you like this reading activity, here are some more you will like.
This set of Christmas graphs contains simple printables that could be worked on by preschoolers and more challenging printables for kindergarten and first graders. Today’s set is the third in a set of five Christmas themed printables I am sharing this week. Yesterday I shared long and short vowel word sorts. On Monday I shared a set of Elf on the Shelf themed number recognition printables. After exploring today Christmas graphs, I hope you will check them out.
Using the Christmas Graphs
Getting Ready to Use Christmas Graphs
Before you get started you will need to download and print out the Count, Graph, and Color Christmas Set You could have your children start with Christmas tree sheet with fewer pictures if you like.
Ways to Use the Christmas Tree Graphs
Counting and Coloring
Your children will need to start by counting how many of each object there is on each tree. You can have them color the pictures before they count if you like. Another option is to count as they color.
Children don’t have to color all the similar ornaments the same color. It might make it easier for them to count them if they are the same.
The Christmas graphs don’t say how your children to graph their data. They were left open-ended so you could decide how you want your children graph.
Children could color in the boxes beside pictures to show how many of each object they counted. That would give them experience with making a bar graph.
Your children could try to draw smaller version of each of the pictures in the boxes. That would give them a chance to create a picture graph.
If you like these Christmas graphs, here are some more graphing printables you will like.
Today is the second day of Christmas Themed Printable Week. Yesterday I shared with you a set of math printables that explore number recognition. Today’s set of printables explores long and short vowel sounds. It was designed with kindergartners and first graders in mind. I am calling today’s set Elf on the Shelf Long and Short Vowel Sorts.
Getting Started with the Elf on the Shelf Word Sorts
Before your children can explore either of the sorts, you will need to download the set. The Elf on the Shelf Long and Short Vowel Word Sorts set was designed to be printed out in black and white. After completing each of the sorts, your children could be invited to color in each of the elves.
Using the Elf on the Shelf Word Sorts
There are several ways that you can use these sorts with your children. Let me share the ways I have thought of with you.
- You can give each of your children a copy of one or both of the word sorts.
- Then you can have them take turns reading the words in the word bank.
- Next, you will invite your children to place each of the words under the elf on the shelf whose present displays a gift tag with that vowel sound. They could write the words down on their own or they would take turns sharing where they think each word needs to go.
Small Group or With a Partner
- Children can be placed in pairs or in a small group.
- Next, they will each take turns reading the words in the word bank or read them together.
- Then they can then work together to decide where to place each word.
- Children will need to be reminded that they need to agree completely on where a word goes before they write it down.
Center or Individual Work
- Children can be given one or both of the word sorts to do on their own in a center or at their desks.
- They will read over each of the words and decide on their own where to place the words.
- Later you can go over their answers with them.
If you like these activities, here are a few more you will want to explore with your children.
This Llama Llama Red Pajama themed tracing activity invites your children to work on their fine motor skills and create a fun quilt. Children will have fun creating the stitching on their quilt strips with a variety of different writing tools. Then they will cut out the quilt patches or blocks from the strips. Finally they will place each quilt block on the bed printable.
Getting Ready to Make the Llama Llama Red Pajama Quilt
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The first thing you will need to do is download the bed printable and quilt block printable from the Llama Llama Create a Quilt with Tracing Patches set.
You will want to print out several the quilt block lines printable onto a several of different colors of copy paper. Then you will need to cut out each of the rows of lines. You will end up with three strips from each piece of paper.
Then you will need to print out a bed printable for each of your children. You can print that out onto white copy paper or card stock.
Working on the Llama Llama Red Pajama Quilt
If you haven’t read the book Llama Llama Red Pajama to your children, you will want to start by having them listen to the book.
Then you need to let them know that they are going to be creating the stitching for the quilt by tracing the lines on several strips of tracing lines.
Next, your children will select three colored strips of tracing lines and writing tools to trace the lines with. They could use a different tool for each strip if they like.
Here are some writing tools your children could use:
- Primary Size or Regular Sized Pencils
- Colored Pencils
Then your children will cut out each of the quilt blocks from the strip. (They should have three blocks from each strip.)
When all the blocks are cut out, they can glue them to their bed printable to create a quilt for Llama Llama.
The Virtual Book Club is exploring the book Llama Llama Red Pajama this week. Below you will find a number of activities from other blogs that explore the book.
Children love the Elf on the Shelf. This set of number activities feature the Elf on the Shelf. Each printable invites children to display the number shared by each elf three different ways. One of the printables is missing numbers so you can choose the numbers you want your children to explore. They are a great way for your children to work on number recognition and number sense.
Elf on the Shelf Number Activities
Before your children can explore the printables, you will need to print them out. The Elf on the Shelf Number Activities for Kids set was designed to be printed out on a black and white printer. The very last printable is editable. You can place any one or two digit number in the text boxes beside each elf.
You will notice that the first few printables focus on the numbers from one to twenty-four. Next, you will find a group of printables explores even and odd numbers. Finally, you will find that the last printable is open-ended.
Each of the printables displays six numbers to explore. Each numbers window was made large enough for your children to display each number three ways. Your children will be asked to display the number in words first. Then they will display it in tally marks. Finally, they will be asked to display the number in pictures.
Here are some ways they can display the numbers is pictures:
- Base Ten Block Images
- Stick Figures
If you like these printables here are some more printables that I have created.
This is the first in a series of five free Christmas themed printables I will be sharing this week. You will also find free Christmas themed printable available on 3 Dinosaurs and Royal Baloo this week. Please make sure you stop by and check out the worksheets they have available for you.