My kids love arts and crafts, we love looking online for new ideas. We were recently looking for Thanksgiving kid crafts and came upon a patterns for adorable pom pom turkeys from All You magazine.
We decided that the colder weather was the perfect excuse to enjoy a fun Saturday afternoon indoors making yarn pom pom turkeys and watching a Thanksgiving movie on Netflix. As I mentioned in my Saturday Morning Cartoon Party post, we gave up cable about 3 years ago and instead we stream Netflix to watch our favorite shows.
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Our kids were delighted to find out that Free Birds is available on Netflix just in time for Thanksgiving. In case you missed it in the theater, it is a movie about two talking turkeys (one of whom was pardoned by the president), a time machine, and a wild trip to the past to try to get turkey off the traditional Thanksgiving menu.
It’s a fun “buddy movie” about two very different personalities that learn to work together and become friends. Always a good message for siblings!
Free Birds stars Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler and George Takei. You can check out the trailor for the movie here:
Now let’s talk turkey, specifically felt, pipe cleaner and yarn pom pom turkeys. Seriously, making yarn pom poms couldn't be any easier! We made one turkey with a red head, he looks like Jake in the movie, and one with a blue head, he looks like Reggie in the movie.
Thanksgiving Kid Crafts
- Several sheets craft felt – in assorted, coordinating colors
- Yarn – cotton or acrylic for making pom-poms
- Pipe cleaners – for legs (1 for each turkey)
- Googly eyes
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Make yarn pom poms using a small dinner size fork for the turkey head and a large serving size fork for the turkey body. Here's a graphic showing how to make pom poms with yarn:
2. Cut 3 layers of felt for the turkey’s fan tail, a waddle and a beak (if you need a pattern use the one from All You, we only used the smallest fan tail shape. Bend feet from pipe cleaners and pick our googly eyes.
3. Use a glue gun to glue each turkey together. This is a job best left to parents of young children as the glue gun gets very hot!
4. Enjoy your turkeys!
If you’re not into animated films, or just want to use Netflix for some adult time, I recommend watching the West Wing. Season 2 Episode 8: CJ has to decide which of two Thanksgiving turkeys the President is going to pardon. I love the West Wing and all seven seasons are on Netflix. You can binge watch great Aaron Sorkin dialogue while wrapping presents!
Speaking of making pom pom turkeys…. do you have any Thanksgiving kids’ table ideas? These turkeys would be a fun centerpieces or place card holders — then every little guest can take one home as a party favor.
Tip: If you liked making turkey pom poms, try my Easter Bunny garland – their tails are pom poms too.