With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I thought I’d share with you an easy craft and game idea that is perfect to entertain your little Thanksgiving guests- Thanksgiving Pictionary! This cute activity uses a painted Mason jar turkey with Popsicle stick “feathers” that couldn’t be more festive and fun.
Here is a video tutorial, or keep scrolling for the step-by-step process:
- Glue gun or Mod Podge
- Googly eyes
- Red and orange felt
- A pint-sized, wide-mouth Mason jar
- Paint & paint brushes (I used brown, red, green, orange, yellow & white)
- Decorative glass rocks
- Paper towel
- Black sharpie marker
- Paint the inside of your jar by squirting brown paint down the sides and then turning the jar all around until the paint coats the inside entirely.
- When the inside is painted, you’ll notice all the excess paint after it’s done. Cover your workspace with a paper towel, then put your painted jar upside-down on top so the excess paint drips off. You may need to shake it a little too. Then wipe the top of the jar clean. Now let the jar dry until the paint inside is set completely. This takes a little while, so give yourself some time…at least over night.
- Time to grab the kids and let them participate! Let the kids paint the jumbo popsicle sticks, making sure they paint both sides. This may take a few coats for complete coverage. Let them dry completely.
- Make polka dots on the sticks by dipping the eraser of your pencil in white paint and stamping circles on the sticks. (My kids enjoyed helping with this part too.) Once again, let them dry.
- Turn the sticks over and, using your black marker, write Thanksgiving words on the bottoms of the sticks.
Here are some examples of words I thought both younger and older kids could understand:
- Pilgrim’s Hat
- Native Americans
- Give Thanks
6. Now cut a small triangle out of orange felt, a gobbler (or whatever it’s called) out of red felt and hot glue or Mod Podge to the front of your jar, along with two googly eyes.
7. Fill the jar with glass rocks. (It doesn’t matter if they’re matching because they won’t show!)
8. Put your sticks into the rocks, fanning them out to look like the turkey’s feathers.
9. And you’re done!
Nothing says Thanksgiving like a cute little turkey with brightly colored Popsicle sticks for feathers!
After the feast, gather all the kids around and let them take turns choosing a stick and drawing on a fun chalkboard or even a notepad. See who can guess what it is first!
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About the Author: Christine is the creative blogger from I Dig Pinterest. She was on the Somewhat Simple Creative Team in 2013.
This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in November 2013