Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gettin' Crafty Thanksgiving Post

I am once again taking a break from my regular craft posts to share two Thanksgiving crafts I put together for this week.

1. Sugar Cone Cornucopias

The idea for this craft came from the Family Fun website, but I adapted it slightly to make it easier for me to do with a potentially large group.

These are the supplies I provided:
  • Sugar Cones
  • Mixed hard candy
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • Yarn in three colors 
  • Fabric leaves
  • Plastic baggies
I cut the yarn into small pieces and sorted the candy into baggies ahead of time to prevent a problem we usually have of one or two adults taking as much of the supplies as they can at the start of the activity, leaving none for children who show up a bit later.

The instructions were as follows:
  1. Place a few leaves in the cone.
  2. Fill cone with candy. 
  3. Tie colorful yarn around the cone.
  4. Place cornucopia in plastic baggie to take home.
Though the craft attracted a handful of younger kids, it was mainly interesting to tweens. Family Fun provides video instructions for Sugar Cone Cornucopias here.

2. Turkey Mosaics
This craft is something I came up with at my previous library a couple of years ago. I can't remember whether I actually had kids show up for it, but I've modified the idea to suit my current group of after school kids. I am writing this post before I do the craft with the kids, but here are my plans.

  • Turkey outline
  • Construction paper, pre-cut into small squares
  • Glue and glue sticks
The instructions are very simple. Basically, the kids will color the turkey's head and feet and then fill in the feathers with the paper squares. If I have a chance to get some Q-tips and paper plates, I might have them apply the glue that way instead of allowing them free reign with the bottles of glue. Though I don't really restrict most of my crafts by age, I'll be surprised if anyone under age 4 is willing to sit there long enough to finish the entire turkey. We shall see.

Gettin Crafty will be back to normal next week, with my post about Magnetic Poetry.

6 Birthday Books for Kids

11 Birthdays11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Leo and Amanda are doomed to repeat their shared birthday until they resolve their fight.
Happy Birthday to You! (Classic Seuss)Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss
A birthday card from Dr. Seuss to the reader!
Happy Birthday from Carolyn HaywoodHappy Birthday from Carolyn Haywood
A range of happy, sad, and silly birthday stories.
Staying Nine (BookFestival)Staying Nine by Pam Conrad
Heather likes being nine, and decides not to celebrate turning ten.
A Letter to Amy (Picture Puffin)A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter has some trouble mailing his birthday party invitation to his friend Amy.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes (Alvin Ho, #3)Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes by Lenore Look
Alvin Ho frets over everything that could go wrong at a birthday party.
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