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:
- chocolate milk
- regular milk
- friends (he named specific people so we generalized)
- Mama and Dada
- Grandmas and Grandpas
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...