Friday, November 8, 2013

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts

Happy Friday! Today I'm excited to have Janiene here sharing with us. Janiene is an amazing mom to 3 little ones and such a beautiful person inside and out. Her love for crafting with her kids shines through her writing and I love what she's sharing today. Enjoy!

Hello lovely followers of Angela's awesome blog!! 

My name is Janiene and I blog over at A Bunch of Bishops.
I started blogging a few years ago as a way for me to share my kids' childhood adventures with my family. My blog has changed over the years to become a place for me to just be myself! I share posts about my faith in God, life-moments, crafts, homeschool lessons, kids crafts, recipes, and little bits of my journey of finding my way as a wife & mom. 

Angela is one of my favorite bloggers. I get excited every time I see a new post from her. I appreciate her heart for the Lord and her dedication to calling in her family. Her posts stir me up to be a better homemaker, wife and mom!

Happy November to you all! 
November is my FAVORITE month of the year. Just look at these colors...

I am a homeschooling Mama to a 1st grader, a preschooler, and a little 2yr old early learner. This morning during our school time we spent a good amount of time exploring different ways to use autumn colors! We had a lot of fun!!! :)

I'd like to share two of the crafts that we did this morning with you. First up...

Aren't these paper plate turkeys a crack up! 
I especially love their little feet, haha!

To make these, you will need:
paper plates
red, yellow, orange, brown acrylic paint
brown, red & yellow construction paper
googly eyes
tacky glue

I asked the kids to paint their paper plates however they wanted...

While they dried I had them cut out and glue the turkey's face...

Look at that little guy. Isn't he adorable! 

The kids glued their turkey faces & feet onto the paper plates 
and I hung them up on the wall. 

For our second craft I brought out my spin art tray & my kids made these...

I cut out a bunch of leaves from cardstock paper...

We have a Melissa & Doug spin art tray (we love it!). Because the leaves were a weird shape I added a tiny piece of double sided tape to the back to keep it on the spinning wheel. We're ready to start painting!...

My little preschooler was 1st up to bat and he had a great time!

Then my 2yr old wanted to have a turn (gulp)...

Her leaf is a spinnin'...

Can you see the leaf under all that paint? It's so pretty...

After the leaves dried we used our small holepunch and strung them up on a piece of cotton twine. The spin art leaves are proudly hung on our front door for the whole neighborhood to see...

We had a blast today learning about Thanksgiving, harvest time, fall colors and different ways to play with paint. 

We tried to do a 3rd craft but it was a flop...

We were attempting to make a wax paper fall leaf mobile, but I didn't melt the crayon enough and when we went to cut the leaves out the crayon shavings starting falling out everywhere. Ooops! I'll try this craft again another day :)

You win some crafts, you lose some crafts.

What I know for sure is my that kids had an awesome time making turkeys and spin art leaves. That is a win, win, win situation right there! 

It was awesome sharing with you all today! You are all invited to pop on over to my blog A Bunch of Bishops to see what else we have been up to. 

Thank you Angela for letting me share today a little bit about my life on your wonderful blog!

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