If you're familiar with my feelings on children's art, you know I detest adult-directed projects -- the kind you see done in most classrooms today. With these projects, there's a sample made by the teacher and the kids copy it in a step-by-step robotic way with no creativity and initiative. They wind up looking all the same and nothing was gained along the way. But they sure look pretty on the bulletin board -- nice, neat, and uniform!
I have one exception to my dislike of these projects and that's when they're created by a parent and child together. For many years, I hosted a weekly mom and me group at my home and these projects played a big part, especially on holidays. They taught teamwork and compromise. A craft such as the Tabletop Turkey is much too complicated for children to do on their own but ideal with an adult. Make several and give them to family and friends for their Thanksgiving table or fireplace mantle!
4. Glue one wing to each side of the bag. Place a zip-lock bag with 1 cup of white rice inside the lunch bag. Gather the top of the lunch bag and staple shut.
Labels: Thanksgiving fun with the kids