Improve fine motor skills and arm strength with the help of this Thanksgiving-themed turkey squishy bag. How can you incorporate this activity into your next lesson plan? Let us know in the comments section below!
“This make a turkey activity was so simple and easy to put together that I almost feel bad for making an entire post out of it. It took me much less than 5 minutes to put together even though I walked up and down the stairs twice in the process because I kept forgetting things for my camera.
I found this super cute turkey craft at one of our craft stores a couple weeks ago. I confess I honestly don’t remember which one because I was having so much fun exploring all the fun things to play with after not having access to any craft stores for four years. (I may have gone a little spend happy…)
Anyway, the craft is intended to be used with a pumpkin and you poke the included sticks through the little holes on the different pieces to create a pumpkin turkey.
That would have been a fun craft too. Unfortunately, my kids got ahold of the bag with the craft in it when I wasn’t looking and lost all of the little sticks. And a piece or two of the turkey. I think.
So I was left with his head and six feathers. Not wanting to waste Mr. Turkey, I decided to make this squishy bag.
My three-year old doesn’t realize it, but squishy bags are great for building fine-motor skills and arm strength. In her mind, they just feel cool and she wants to smash them into a big ball and then smooth them out again. *sigh*
My six-year old was a little more gentle with it. She had fun moving the different feathers around in the bag. I also put one little gem in the bag and she had fun moving it to other places.
Why one gem? Honestly, it was because my six-year old couldn’t remember where she had put the rest of the gems after she used them in the play dough last week. I wanted to put more gems in, just for fun.”
Click here to find out how to make a turkey squishy bag.