Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mr. Tom Turkey is Strutting About Part 2: Turkey Crafts








Stoked you came back to visit our humble vintage Mr. Tom Turkey is Strutting About Part 2 homeschool blog post! If you did miss our Mr. Tom Turkey vintage videos, songs and poems dig the quick link: 





                                     



We have created many a turkey craft over the decades and you possibly may want to do some of these with your wee ones this Thanksgiving Season. We have lots of FREEBIE turkey pattern downloads you may want in this post so keep on scrolling.





When my son Julian was young, we made turkey’s out of gourds using our hand prints cut out from Autumn colored construction paper for the turkey’s feathers. Everyone made their own variations, some and as you can see, we had a couple of glitter freaks in the bunch. I will say in my humble opinion, they turned out nice enough to put on any Thanksgiving table as part of a center piece: 





Another year we made the feathers out of construction paper folded into a fan. I made four slits in the back of the gourd with a steak knife, slipped the bottom of the fans into the slits, and WELLAH:

                         







If you want to make this turkey gourd with your wee ones for your Thanksgiving table, we can help you out with our freebie pattern:




Here is a crayon resist turkey Julian made when he was very young from a pattern I drew back in the 70’s when I taught pre-k. Crayon resist is magical for wee ones as they dig seeing their crayon markings resist the paint. As well, this project is a movable puppet which allows children to move the turkeys head, wings and feet. I would say Julian’s turkey came out rather brilliant:




Try this art project with your wee ones using my exclusive printed pattern from our Teacher's Dojo Store:

AKGVH Vintage Movable Turkey Puppet



This pineapple turkey craft was one that I drew up for my mother’s Thanksgiving table for an interesting centerpiece back in the 70’s as well. The pineapple serves as the turkey’s body while the pineapple leaves made dyno tail feathers. Julian made one for our table one year:








If you want to make this turkey for your table, you will have to use Aleen’s glue or rubber cement to secure the turkey head onto the pineapple. Here is my downloadable pattern:

AKGVH Vintage Pineapple Turkey Centerpiece



Julian made a hand and foot turkey that I saved and got somewhat thrashed over the years:




Over a decade later, I had my wee grandbabes make one as well:







Julian made this cute paper bag turkey from my patterns:




You can get the pattern here: 



And he made this really cute turkey headband:



My wee grandbabe girls made these paper bag turkey’s with the wide open mouth cut out to play “Feed the Turkey” game mentioned later on this post (if interested, keep on scrolling down). We used previously dyed pumpkin seeds for feather deco’s and used Autumn colors paint strips to outline the mouth, for the head and tail feathers:












We made these turkey’s using vintage coffee filters (I think from the 80’s when I had my pre-k, they were stored in my craft box, yes ALL these years!) for the turkey’s rear end, toilet paper tubes for the body and construction paper hand prints for the tail feathers and we sponge painted them all. Then added some of my turkey cut out patterns for features along with some wiggle eyes, glued them all together and “Gobble, gobble,” here come the turkey’s:
   





My wee grandboys had a jolly good time with these turkey wobblers I found on Scholastic. They were really intrigued on how they worked, wobble, wobble:





Your wee ones can make these interactive wobblers as well from Scholastic: 

Scholastic Perky Turkey Puppet



One year long ago I had my homeschoolers paint their hands to make this turkey box for our completed school worksheets. When my students are finished with their paper, they are to place it in our "school work box". Every month the decos on box are changed to reflect the holiday or season. I keep them in the appropriate folder and put them up every year. As well, before they put their work in the box I ask them, "Are you finished with your paper?". If they answer yes, I say, "O.K. you may stuff the turkey." Every month I change the phrase in accordance to the character highlighted on the box:








 

Last year my wee babes made some beautiful turkey suncatchers.
We made an apple, pear and leaves to go with our turkeys:










As well we painted our left over pumpkins with tempera paints:







Next, when the tempera paints dried, I spray painted each pumpkin with clear coat. When the spray paint dried, I poked some holes in the back of the pumpkins and had my wee babes pick colored feathers and insert them into the holes. Then my babes glued eyeballs, the wattle and beak onto their pumpkins. Talk about gorgeous! They even lasted until Thanksgiving day and made lovely centerpieces:





We hope you have enjoyed viewing all our turkey crafts we have done over the years and choose some of these turkey crafts to make with your babes this Thanksgiving Holiday Season! Your older children may want to make this paper turkey from Paper Toys as well:

Intricate Paper Turkey Craft Centerpiece for Older Children


Our next Turkey post will cover the various turkey games we have played over the years, so be sure to drop by soon. See you then!


C.S. Calkins

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Get on the Vintage Back to School Bus - Part 3


Welcome to our AKGVH “Get on the Vintage Back to School Bus – Part 3” Crafts, Games and Recipes!



If you missed parts 1 and 2 of this post, DIG the quick links:






Get on Our Vintage Back to School Bus Part 2 - Activities, Links and a FREEBIE!



As homeschoolers, we have only made a few different types of school buses over the years. There are many different types of buses on the web and we chose to make a 3D egg carton bus. I cut the tops off 12 count egg cartons giving each child 2 tops to paint yellow. After the paint dried, I had pre-cut some faces out of magazines for my wee babes to choose from. I glued around each window and had my babes carefully place the faces in the windows:



Next I glued the 2 parts together with my glue gun and secured them with a rubber band until they dried to make sure they stuck securely together:


For the headlights, rear lights and side lights, I cut off the bumps from the discarded sides of the egg cartons. I had my wee ones paint all their bumps. We let them dry, than we added the appropriate color of glitter (gold and red) to each bump. 2 gold for the headlights and 6 red for the other lights and when they were dry, I glue gunned them onto their correct spot. Next I spray painted 4 milk jug lids black for each child and let them dry. Then I glue gunned them onto the bus for wheels. I glue gunned a pipe cleaner handle on the top for carrying or hanging. While they did take several days to build, we sure did love the way they turned out and after all these years, we still display them at the beginning of every school year:






Next I chose and easy school bus for my wee ones to cut and paste featuring movable parts I downloaded from printables 4 kids. After they colored their buses, I cut them out along with a backing for sturdiness. Visit my tutorial on how to cut them out together here:




My wee ones really loved to lift the window flaps, open the doors and move the wipers as I read "The Wheels on the Bus":





You can print this craft out for your wee babes as well: 







And for our Seals on the Bus interactive activity, first we used the flannelboard figures from Making Learning Fun to perform an interactive group activity. I placed the cut out figures on the table and the bus on the flannelboard.  My wee babes sang the song as a whole the first time around as I put the animals in the bus. The second time around, each child in rote looked for placed the correct animal on the flannelboard as we sang the song:







Next we made these interactive "Seals on the Bus" buses from Making Learning Fun:
  





Your wee babes will DIG putting the animals on their buses when they sing the song as well:





We did other School bus activities as well, like spending time talking about and putting together our vintage Fisher Price school bus puzzles:









You can get the Fisher Price puzzle as well for your classroom from eBay: 

Vintage Fisher Price School Bus Wooden Puzzle

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Our next game while simple is hit will all! For some unknown reason to me my wee babes of every generation just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE matching games! Well, I laminated school buses, then taking my black white board marker I wrote letters on the cards. As well, you can write numbers, sight words, rhyming words, etc just about anything you can think of! Next I turned them over and laid them out in rows on the carpet and let the excitement begin:














You can make these School Bus Write-N-Wipes for your wee babes. Just click on the link below, download, print out as many as you need on heavy weight tagboard or cardstock, cut them out, laminate and write. Using dry erase markers to write-n-wipe this activity can be used for just about any subject: 

School Bus Write-N-Wipes




Another fun School Bus game is from Ed-U-cards, “School House in a Fun Box”. 



Children learn the concept of distance, quantity along with basic addition and subtraction facts. The object is to spin the spinner to reveal your move, then ride the bus down the street from home to the schoolhouse using addition or subtraction to obtain an apple, repeating the process until all the apples have been obtained by the players. The player with the most apples wins the game:












Your wee babes will just LOVE playing this rare vintage game! They will have so much fun driving their bus to school and home again, gathering apples along the way I PROMISE you will hear, "Again, again, again!!!" You can get “School House in a Fun Box” for your children from eBay: 

Educards School House in a Fun Box 

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My wee ones have a jolly good time playing our Scholastic Wheels on the Bus Game driving the singing bus around the town gameboard to school gathering the song part tokens along the way:












Your wee babes will be laughing and saying, "Again, again!" just like mine when they play this most exciting interactive game! Get this game for your wee ones today from eBay:


Milton Bradley Wheels on the Bus Game

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For free play, my wee babes have a blast playing with their vintage Fisher Price School House and School Bus. Lots of interactive free play with this set:














You can get this vintage Fisher Price School and School Bus from eBay for your wee babes:

 



Vintage Fisher Price School House 


Vintage Fisher Price Little People School Bus

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And to wrap up our School Bus Unit I have made different school bus recipes for my wee babes over the years.

We made "Seals on the Bus"  with graham crackers, chocolate animal crackers, mini Oreos & yellow-orange icing:







Another year we made these easy but yummy school bus grahams with chocolate chip wheels:





Make these super easy Graham Cracker School Buses with your wee ones today and get hassle-free shopping with FREE shipping from eBay:






Honey Graham Crackers 






Cake Mate Decorative Tube Icing



Chocolate Baking Chips 

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And what wee babe would not want a Twinkie school bus? These were a bit more complicated so my daughter made these for our wee babes yet, Julian gave his hand at it: 








 Of course my wee babes had to show great-gramma their scrumptious treat:



Using Mini Oreos, toothpicks, mini marshmallows and a butter knife, these Twinkee school busus were not too difficult to build. Poke the toothpicks into the center of the mini oreos, cut off a short section of the Twinkie off the top, use some of the cream from the cut off Twinkee piece to secure the mini marshmallow windows onto the side of the Twinkee, then place the Twinkie school bus on top of the toothpicked Mini Oreos. Be sure your wee ones take the Twinkie off the wheels before eating. Make these for your we babes on a quick shopping trip with FREE shipping form eBay:



Mini Oreos 






Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows 





Wood Toothpicks




Twinkies 
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Last year we made this super dooper School Bus pound cake packed with goodies  and while our is NOT "picture perfect" (NO DOUBT!!!) my wee ones eyes were buggin' out:







It really was not that hard to make and you can make this cake for your wee babes no matter how "picture perfect" (NOT) it is. I purchased 2 pound cakes (with a coupon no less...needless to say, I was STOKED!!!), Honey Nut Chex Mix, M & M's for the lights & nose, mini eye cake deco's, mini chocolate donuts for the wheels, Twizzlers for mouth and hair, along with  homemade yellow butter cream icing. If you plan to make this pound cake school bus and want a quick link with FREE shipping, click on the following links for hassle free shopping: 




Honey Nut Sweet and Salty Chex Mix










Twizzlers 



Chocolate Mini Cake Donuts 






M & M Candies 



Candy Eyes Cake Decoration 





Entenmann's Pound Cake 

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Visit our Teacher's Dojo Store and get our Vintage School Bus activity pack for grades pre-k - grade 3. Our pack is 41 ages of vintage school bus theme stories, song, crafts and activities: 

Vintage School Bus Bundle Pack



Well, that wraps up our Get on the Vintage Back to School Bus Part 3 post activity fun for now. We hope you enjoyed our AKGVH Get on the Vintage Back to School Bus enrichment learning!  


Be sure to check out ALL of our AKGVH Back to School blog posts & FREEBIES. Come back and visit us soon as we will be l@@king for YOU!!! 



C.S. Calkins
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