One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories as a little girl was tracing my hand on paper to draw a turkey like this:
I bet you did that too. (Mine never turned out THIS good, by the way!)
when my own kids were active, wiggy toddlers and we tried to trace their hands on paper, sometimes it (sorta’) worked out.
Others times, it did not.
I put my therapist hat on and decided to draw the turkey on their own little chubby hands instead.
If they didn’t like it (and some kids won’t!), I used my own hand.
It (nearly) always worked out…
And even when it didn’t, we still had a great time!
I’ve used this with my little friends in therapy every year since then, but I just realized I’ve never posted about it.
Here’s how today’s version turned out…
You can do LOTS of language activities with this one – even on Thanksgiving day when your own little one is sick and tired of everything else!
My Favorite Ideas
Talk about EVERYTHING as you draw the turkey – your hand, your fingers, the markers, an eye, the mouth, two feet, and of course, the colors as you color in the feathers.
Ask, “What does the turkey say?” and then model “Gobble gobble!!” as you wildly wiggle your fingers.
Close your hand and ask, “Where’s the turkey?” Then pop open your hand and say, “Boo!”
Make the turkey walk, fly, run, sleep, hide, and wiggle its feathers – and any other kind of action you can come up with! You’re teaching actions words or verbs with this task.
For kids who don’t make eye contact, this is a great one to do together if they will let you draw on their hands. Try to place his hand close to your face as you draw – which means you’ll sit below or lower than the child so he can see your face as you color on his hand.
I bet you can come up with even more ideas! (Email them to me if you’d like to share!)
This activity was a nice distraction for me as a momma for a whole lot of years – warming up to a strange place, meeting new people, enduring LOUD conversations, waiting on dinner, trying new foods, and just wanting to go home…
I hope it will help you too over the next few days.
Grab some (washable) markers now and set them out so you’ll remember!
If you’re eating away from your own home, pop them in your bag now so you’ll have a fun, easy distraction!
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!