The preschool kids have really enjoyed our colorful pumpkin seeds this fall. Because of their interest, we’ve come up with a variety of activities using the seeds! During centers one day, we decided to use them to make some very simple Thanksgiving art!
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Pumpkin Seed Turkeys Make for Fun Thanksgiving Art
This Thanksgiving art activity doesn’t require many materials at all. I bet you already have most of them on-hand, in fact! We grabbed a few things from the art center, as well as leftover dyed pumpkin seeds.
Colorful pumpkin seeds
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Thanksgiving Art Directions
As I mentioned, this is a super duper simple Thanksgiving art experience for the kiddos!
It started because one of the children said the pumpkin seeds looked like turkey feathers (kind of the same way our fall leaf art started). Once that observation had been made, art making became a priority with the kids.
We grabbed a few art supplies and got to it.
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For some of the turkeys, the children used markers to draw the bodies.
For other turkeys, we used a circle cut out as the turkey bodies.
The pumpkin seeds were added as feathers from there.
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Even though the process was simple, some of the children really got into it!
We ended up with a variety of small turkeys, an abstract turkey, and one that had “feathers that turned into super long hair.”
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Through this Thanksgiving art, the children:
- Practiced their fine motor skills
- Explored colors and rainbow order
- Counted pumpkin seeds
- Had fun with their creativity
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