Gratitude Turkey Treat Jars

TurkeyJars

These adorable turkey jars are fun and easy to make Thanksgiving gifts. This craft is a great way for children to practice their attitude of gratitude by writing the reasons they are grateful for the gift recipient on the turkey feathers. It makes an ideal Thanksgiving teacher gift when you have kids write things they are grateful for about their teacher or class on the feathers. Please see below for step-by-step directions, a link to a delicious recipe you can use when filling the jars and a variation of the craft that works well with younger children.

Gratitude Turkey Treat Jar

Inspiration for this craft came from here: http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2011/11/gratitude-turkey-treat-jar.html

Supplies needed:

  • Tape or glue
  • Jars with lids – We used glass jars we found on clearance at Michael’s for .99
  • Colored cardstock
  • Orange & red felt
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes

Directions:

  1. Draw an outline of a feather onto cardstock in 5 different colors. You can make these as simple or elaborate as you desire. We did a very basic shape.
  2. Cut out the 5 feathers
  3. DSC_0191On each of the 5 feathers have your child to write a reason they are grateful for the person they will be gifting the jar to
  4. Secure the feathers to the back of the jar.  We actually used tape for this step, but I think glue would work better because the tape was getting stuck to the lid of our jar.
  5. Cut a small triangle to be used as the turkey’s nose out of the orange felt
  6. Cut a small waddle from the red felt
  7. Use glue to secure the googly eyes, felt nose and felt waddle to the front of the jar so you create the turkey’s face
  8. DSC_0225Fill the jar with a delicious treat. We used an amazingly easy and delicious 4-step recipe to make pumpkin spice popcorn to fill our jars. Click on the link below to view that recipe: http://www.wineandglue.com/2013/09/pumpkin-spice-popcorn.html

Variation of this craft for younger children:

Since younger children don’t have the ability to write reasons they are grateful onto cardstock feathers, you can make the feathers of their jar using an outline of their little hand. You need the same supplies as the ones listed above, except you omit the 5 pieces of colored cardstock and use one piece of white cardstock instead.  Also, we liked the finished look of these jars better when a smaller glass jar was used.

 Directions:

  1. Trace the outline of your child’s hand onto a piece of white cardstock. Try to have your child stretch out and separate their fingers as much as possible.
  2. TurkeyJarColoringHave your child color the handprint
  3. Glue or tape the handprint to the back of the jar
  4. Cut a small triangle to be used as the turkey’s nose out of the orange felt
  5. Cut a small waddle from the red felt
  6. Use glue to secure the googly eyes, felt nose and felt waddle to the front of the jar so you create the turkey’s face.
  7. Fill the jar with a delicious treat. We used Reese’s pieces to fill ours.photo