Sunday, November 23, 2008

Unplug your Kids - Thankful

This week's theme was thankful. We had big plans for this theme that included 3D turkeys but settled for what Baby Bird wanted to do which was paint. After all, he is the reason we do this! (maybe we should start a blog called Unplug your Adults so we can show you our awesome standing turkey centerpiece!) :)

We started out by using a small bowl to trace a circle for the body and a small glass to make another circle for the head.

Then we painted them brown. Baby Bird concentrated very hard.
He learned how to dip the paint brush in the water and then the paint. Even though we have been using watercolors for a few months now, this is the first time he has expressed interested in doing it himself. (Ok he wants to do it himself for everything all of the time now so we weren't too surprised)

After he was done painting the body, we painted the beak and an eye. We then cut out feathers. The hard part came next. We had to figure out how to get him to tell us what he was thankful for so we could write it on the feathers!
We weren't quite sure how to make him understand the concept of thankfulness so we started out asking him what he said "Thank you" or "Danke" for. The list we came up with went something like this and in this order:
  1. chocolate milk
  2. regular milk
  3. house
  4. friends (he named specific people so we generalized)
  5. Mama and Dada
  6. Grandmas and Grandpas
  7. trains
I am still laughing over the fact that he named chocolate milk first! He loves chocolate milk! (listen to him say chocolate milk, regular milk by clicking on the link)

Then we pasted the "thanking" feathers on the turkey.

He had a lot of fun with this project and even though we had slightly other plans, he wanted to paint so we adjusted!
I am still not sure he understood the concept but it was a good start. Let's call it a seed planted...

We are very thankful for him...


Kimber.G. said...

awww thats the cutest turkey ever! good job bode!

Afferent Input said...

This project was a lot of fun. I especially liked talking with Bode about what it means to be "thankful". Though he didn't even come close to fully understanding the concept, he really seemed to understand the general big picture. It was really cool to see that.

Plus watching him paint is always fun.

Gottfredsen said...

that turkey is so cute. My little guy would love to do this, thanks for the great idea.

The Clarks said...

That's really cute and he looks like he had so much fun doing it.

This Girl loves to Talk said...

that is a really good turkey.. I dont even think my 7 year old would do one that good :)

Yelli said...

@ everyone - it was a really fun project! Thanks for looking.

@ this girl - the difference between a 2YO and a 7YO is that Mama and Dada get to help the 2YO! We encouraged him to stay within the lines... :)

Crescent Moon said...

Very cute! I really enjoyed the audio.

Kate in NJ said...

That is lovely!
I always did some form of being thankful with
my P and now at 6, she is quite good at
P has chocolate milk on her list too.