Let’s be grateful
Working with toddlers requires lots of attention and energy, when we introduce a new sensory and manipulative activity we often make sure to hand the materials at the same time for all the little ones since waiting is not an option. Even though patience is a very important skill it is difficult to master during the toddler stage. This is why we starting to adapt activities in which all toddlers can participate at the same time, they can also be as involved as they wish with no pressure and the ultimately results is always pleasing regardless of who worked most or least.
For this activity and many others I used a big roll of white paper that I found at Costco, it is a packing meat paper but the thickness and durability of the paper makes a wonderful art paper for the fraction of the price.
I drew a big turkey with thick black sharpie and with my hands I spread glue all over the turkey.
We had pre-cut squares of different tone brown construction paper, I piled them on the floor and everyone quickly joined and started to stick the paper to the sticky turkey, after our turkey took form we read a few books about being grateful. Throughout the day we had conversations with the children about what things or people in their life they were grateful about, we took note and completed our craft by writing our grateful thoughts on the turkey’s feathers.