Turkey Character: DIY
Upcycle your old Cascade container into a turkey and create a turkey that really eats out of recyclables! Check out these quick and easy DIY directions to make your own turkey. Use this turkey to enhance your storytelling, rev up the excitement in your centers, and to add fun to practicing basic skills.
This DIY is really easy with basic supplies.
- Cascade container (Be sure to wash- it has a strong smell)
- Foam or Construction Paper to cover the container
- Hot Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
Quick Tip: I cover my containers with foam. You can use construction paper, but over the years I’ve found that foam is much more durable. It is really able to stand up to the “love” of small children.
Uses for Your Turkey Container
There are tons of ways to use the turkey for counting activities. Use tongs, spoons, spatulas and feed the turkey different amounts of “food”. This is a great way to strengthen children’s fine motor skills and to practice counting skills.
Letter identification and beginning sounds
Use With the Book “Turkey Trouble”
Cut out red blobs for the sauce, yellow snips for cheese, white snips for onions, green snips for green pepper, ands dark brown circles for pepperoni. Each child was able to design their own pizza.
Quick Tip: Kids will almost certainly pull off parts of your animals, but foam is very easy to hot glue back on 🙂
I’ve been trying to catalogue all my DIY manipulatives, so all of the DIY are easy to find and use. You can find more of my DIY math manipulatives here!