Today I’m sharing several Thanksgiving learning activities using materials that were provided to us by Oriental Trading Company. I frequently purchase and use items from Oriental Trading Company in our learning activities because they have a great selection of low-cost items. So I was very excited to receive several items to review.
Please note that these items were provided in exchange for an honest review. All activities using these materials were planned by me and all opinions are my own. See my disclosures for more information.
The Gourd Turkey Craft Kit from Oriental Trading Company was just too cute to pass up. Note that the set comes with 12 turkey kits, so you’ll have plenty for a group setting. Or if you only have two kids like me, then you’ll have plenty for each kid to make several! The craft is simple enough that my preschoolers were able to do it with very little assistance.
Here are the materials for each of the turkeys.
I put one together first, and then my kids were able to easily assemble their own by seeing the model. I don’t do a lot of product oriented art with my kids (since I prefer process oriented art instead), but this craft gave them good practice following directions with particular steps and order.
The kids have been really excited about decorating our home for the holidays lately.
So after they finished their turkeys, they got to decide where to place them for display. The kids had fun placing their turkeys in various locations around our living room.
One of the items I was most excited to receive was the Fall & Halloween Stickles Glitter Glue Set. We had some mini-pumpkins at home that were just begging for little sparkle, and I knew the glitter glue would be the perfect way to add some pizzazz!
The kids practically squealed with delight when I pulled out the glitter glue, and their creations were dazzling.
Shimmery fall pictures
After decorating our glitter pumpkins, I was looking for another way to use our glitter glue. I decided to outline some fall images using the Fall Nature Stencil Set and then let the kids decorate them with the Fall & Halloween Stickles Glitter Glue Set.
Squeezing the glitter glue provides wonderful fine motor practice.
I gave the kids craft sticks to use to spread the glitter glue around.
The end result was some shimmery fall pictures!
Fine motor practice with fall stencils
My kids are at the point right now that they want to create “real” or “pretty” drawings, but don’t have the fine motor skills to put their vision on paper. This has lead to some frustration (and a lot of them asking my husband and I to draw pictures for them!). Montessori education starts kids out with form template they can use to trace and draw different shapes and objects. Using the Fall Nature Stencil Set allowed my kids to create pictures while developing their fine motor skills in a developmentally appropriate way.
XGirl was so excited by the stencils and immediately wanted to create her own drawings.
Here is her corn.
And here is her pumpkin. As you can see, this was challenging for her even when using the stencils. But it would have been impossible for her to without the support of the stencils.
XGirl completed the patterns using the stamps.
I also created a patterning activity using a page from my Patterning Practice printable. The kids did the patterns using beads from the Harvest Mix Foam Bead Assortment. QBoy did this activity with my mom, and sadly I failed to capture any pictures as I was busy with XGirl at the time. 🙁
The Harvest Mix Foam Bead Assortment were also perfect for creating these cute little fall necklaces. Stringing necklaces is a great way for kids to develop their fine motor skills. And did you notice that the necklaces also follow a pattern? (Just ignore the one error in the necklace on the right :-).) We turned jewelry making into a patterning exercise as well!
We also used the beads in our Harvest Mix Foam Bead Assortment to practice graphing.
I prepared the activity by printing out a page from my Graphing Practice printable. I then placed six different beads in the bottom boxes of the graph. Finally, in the bag I placed six more beads corresponding to each bead along the bottom of the graph.
The kids took turns reaching into the bag to select a bead.
They then placed the beads on the graph. As they did, I stopped them from time to time to have them notice things on the graph. For example, I would ask them to count the number of beads in a column. Or I would ask them to determine which column had the most or least beads. Or I would point to one column, and ask them to tell me which other columns had the same number of beads.
After QBoy added birds to all the circles, he wanted to create a pumpkin patch below his tree. 🙂
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