Early learning goals for toddlers include creative development. “The creative arts, including music, movement, dramatic play, puppetry, painting, sculpture, and drawing, are a crucial part of early childhood. Not only do the arts allow children to express themselves, but creative activity can enhance development of children’s skills in literacy, science, math, social studies, and more” according to “Spotlight on Young Children and the Creative Arts” by Derry Koralek [NAEYC, 2005]. Art, therefore, nurtures creativity.
Preschool teachers and daycare providers have the opportunity to promote creative development by providing art activities that explore media and materials and encourage imagination.
This Thanksgiving Spoon Turkey craft is an excellent example of an activity that provides the opportunity to for expression, to encourage spontaneity in material usage, and to introduce children to textured materials.
This Thanksgiving creative arts lesson plan includes a materials list, preparation instructions and procedures for this activity to make childcare jobs easier, but also the age appropriate learning objectives and a sample of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning.
Spoon Turkey Materials:
White plastic spoon
Scraps of craft foam in a variety of colors
Scrap of gold felt
Stick of hard candy
- Trace and cut out feathers comb, waddle, feathers and bowtie using the craft foam
- Cut a beak out of the gold felt
- Cover the activity table with butcher paper
- Set out the materials
Procedures for Cornucopia Prints Activity
- Invite the children over and tell that they can make a turkey out of a spoon.
- Help children glue the eyes and comb to the back of the spoon
- Help children glue the beak to the back of the spoon below the eyes.
- Show children how to glue the feathers to the bowl of the spoon
- Help children tape a stick of hard candy behind the handle of the spoon
- Help children glue the wattle and bow tie to the handle
- Allow to dry completely
To provide the opportunity for expressive activities by encouraging the children to create prints using vegetable stamps.
Verbal Cue A: Today we are going to make a turkey out of a plastic spoon!
Verbal Cue B: Would you like to glue the googley eyes on the spoon?
To encourage spontaneity in material usage by allowing the children to choose feather colors.
Verbal Cue A: Which color of feather you like to use first?
Verbal Cue B: I like turkey feathers you have chosen!
To promote the sharing of art materials to foster social interaction and cooperation
Verbal Cue A: Let’s take turns using the glue.
Verbal Cue B: Can you let Dana use the tape?
Kids will have great fun in your childcare center while learning important creative arts skills.
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