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.
All you need to create the make a turkey squishy bag:
2 good quality zip top bags (You don’t want the seals to burst during play.)
Duct tape (optional, but highly recommended for adding an extra layer of protection to each of the seals)
Clear hair gel (as cheap as possible)
Scoop some hair gel into one of the zip top bags. I used about 16 oz. of gel for this squishy bag. Add the contents of the bag (Mr. Turkey). Zip the bag shut and reinforce with duct tape if you prefer.
Slip the first bag with the gel into the second bag. Zip and add duct tape.