Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and my little turkeys are super excited! I set up a simple invitation to build a turkey to keep them engaged this weekend while I got caught up on some much needed preparation for the upcoming holiday.

Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

The Provocation

I used homemade Playdough that we made a few months ago and natural loose parts that we gathered from our yard. I found these frames at a friend’s move-in sale a few years ago so I snagged them for free. A quick coat of spray paint and voila! They are a beautiful and easy way to define the work spaces.

Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

The Process

Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

The 6 year old used the computer to look up pictures of turkeys…

Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

while the little one worked hard pressing leaves into his Playdough. He’s building his fine motor and hand/eye coordination!

Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

After getting a better idea of what he wanted to build, Ethan used scissors to cut the loose parts down to size. He’s using his problem solving and ingenuity. 

Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

The Creations

As with all projects, I value the process over the product. These adorable turkeys stayed together for all of about 3 minutes before they were dismantled and rebuilt. That, to me, is the beauty of using loose parts. They are so versatile and can be reused over and over in a variety of ways.

Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

The little one’s creation.

Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

Ethan’s turkey.

Invitation to Build a Turkey Fairy Dust Teaching

Ethan made a “baby turkey”. He used acorns to represent tiny baby feathers and he used the pumpkin stem as the wattle!

This activity engaged the boys for quite a while. I was able to get a lot of cleaning done while they were creating and recreating. It was a win-win for all! They enjoyed this so much that I may set out the materials for all the kiddos to enjoy at our Thanksgiving get together!

What is your favorite activity to engage the kiddos during this busy holiday season?