Monday, November 12, 2012

Give Thanks it's Almost Turkey Time

photo of: Turkey Time RoundUP (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

It's time! It's TURKEY time! 
It's time for a Turkey RoundUP of ideas for giving thanks. 
How are your plans for Thanksgiving progressing?
Let's get this party started with a Thanksgiving bulletin board. 

photo of: Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. 
Here's some inspiration from my recent travels. 
The cornucopia bulletin board above was on display at the ABC Academy. 
Everything's bigger in Texas! 

One classroom had the individual projects hanging from the ceiling.
photo of: Thanksgiving Cornucopia Project Hangs from Ceiling (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach

The third room had the individual projects displayed on their bulletin board. 

photo of: Cornucopia Bulletin Board in Preschool (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)


Here's a turkey painting from the M.D. Anderson display at the Houston airport.
LUV LUV LUV the color!

photo of: Colorful Turkey Painting (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Here's a 'close-up' of a Thanksgiving themed classroom door. 
Those are the teacher's turkey painted hand prints below. 

photo of: Our Little Turkeys: Painted Handprints (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Next you can see the entire PreKindergarten classroom door. 
The PreK hand painted turkeys dance across the paper covered entrance. 

photo of: Classroom Door Decoration for Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Speaking of the simplicity of the traditional hand print turkey...... 
here's a version with a delightful little poem accompaniment. 

This came as a card last year from my Wonder-Boy, 
with the rhyme on the inside of the card. 

KEEPSAKE! 

photo of: Turkey Handprint Painting with Rhyme (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

And from across the country............. 
here's what those painted gobblers look like in Colorado. 

photo of: Hand prints painted as turkeys for Thanksgiving (RoundUP of all things turkey via RainbowsWithinReach)


Presenting children's art to the world is all about the matting and frame. 
Even the simplest of pieces take on significance when presented with flair. 

photo of: Painted Handprint as a Turkey (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

This has got to be the cutest 'tubby-turkey' that I've ever seen. Each of the feathers is the name of a child in the classroom. Makes me smile over and over again. I can imagine all sorts of possibilities for variations on this particular theme! When in doubt? Keep it simple. 

photo of: Tubby Turkey Bulletin Board with Student Names on Feathers (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Also thought that it would be helpful to have some flashbacks from this time last year. Enjoy these delights from years passed. If you've spent much time here at all with me, you're probably aware how much I appreciate 'open-ended' art projects. Take a look at these next two different sets of turkey feathers! LUV LUV LUV 'em!!!


photo of: Turkey Open-Ended Art Project for Feathers (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Preschool Thanksgiving Turkey Feather Bulletin Board

I thought it might be helpful for my pinning friends to combine the two images for your ease of comparing the two ideas. Similar in their goals, yet slightly different outcomes. YES! I'm grateful for every, single pin! 

These media explorations are absolutely brilliant!

photo of: Turkey Bulletin Board with Painted Feather Fun (from Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

All of these various images are from my Author/Illustrator school visits. 
I work hard at documenting what I see so on my travels, so that I can share it here with my wider cyber family of teacher friends. 

photo of: Paper Plate Art Project Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Any holiday craft project built upon a paper plate is certain to be replicated. 
ENJOY these ideas! 

photo of: Turkey Art Project for Thanksgiving

Several of these projects were from a year ago during my visit in Tampa. 
Just imagine an entire bulletin board of this color!

photo of: Kindergarten Turkey Art Project for Thanksgiving

Are you focused on math skill building? 
Feathers lend themselves to being counted. 
I'm guessing the number of the day below was seven. 

photo of: Turkey Feather Counting: Math Project for Thanksgiving in Kindergarten at PreK + K Sharing

Here's the turkey beginning of the kindergarten-made Thanksgiving student book based on the rhythm of, 
"Brown Bear, Brown Bear." 

photo of: The First Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
Kindergarten Book Creations for Thanksgiving Story

If you want to see how these books develop -- Mayflower and pilgrims, then you need to click back to this earlier article for the specifics. They turned out so clever. Yes. Its history over-simplified.  

Time to wrap up this RoundUP. Let me conclude with one of my all time favorite bulletin board ideas. If you look closely you will see that each feather has been 'decorated' and colored by the student who is enumerating their thankfulness. What a crowning exercise to help little ones express their appreciation. 


photo of: Thanksgiving Blessings on Turkey Feather Art on a Preschool Bulletin Board
Thanksgiving Bulletin Board with Thankful Turkey Feathers Colored by YOUNG Students

I hope that these ideas have your wheels turning for the several days leading up to all things of thanks. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to share creativity here. Thanks for your continued support as we begin our second million page views. We're safely back to FL and now preparing for my second of four trips to Texas. I have much to enumerate in my thankfulness. 
photo of: Family Turkey ART Projects via RainbowsWithinReach
Family Turkey Projects in Kindergarten
Later this week I have an article of turkeys decorated by kindergarten families. 

photo of: Turkey Projects from Preschool via RainbowsWithinReach
Come see the turkey FOOTprints!
Still later this week I have such a bunch of clever ideas in this article... You'll just have to click over to see the hand print and foot print turkey adaptations! 

-- Debbie -- 
Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth - TeachersPayTeachers.com
Yes! I have a new store!!! 

This post was added to Tot School Tuesday at see Vanessa Craft

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