When I was little, Thanksgiving day would go something like this:
Wake up ridiculously early.
Watch the parade.
Unravel the 20 braids in my hair so it would look
crimped and gross like fancy mermaid hair because that’s what people do on special occasions 😉 .
Go to my grandmother’s house and eat at the kid’s table I had to eat enough real food to get me to the next round which was ice cream sandwiches that were somehow in the magical shape of turkeys.
Watch the women sit around the kitchen table and talk.
Watch the men watching football.
Long story short, I wished I had something fun to do while the grow ups did grown up things.
If you didn’t know this about me already, I’m an art teacher. Here’s a fun and cute activity for the little guys at the kids’ table this year. It’s a Native American inspired vest. I do this project with my kindergarteners and 1st graders. They love it, and it’s virtually fool-proof.
You will need:
A large brown paper bag ( the kind from the grocery store, not Bloomingdales)
A hole puncher
A big piece of construction paper (optional)
Glue ( if you are using the optional paper above)
Draw a “U” shape on the bottom of the bag.
Flip the bag over. Draw a “V” shape at the bottom of front of the bag (where there is a seam).
Cut out the “U” and “V” shapes out. (I add 2 strips of packaging tape to the shoulder area so they don’t tear).
Cut down the front seam.
Cut 2 arm holes out.
Punch holes along each side of the seam.
Decorate with crayon at any time. I’d do all of the above steps before the kids get there if they are small and can’t use scissors. Nothing’s worse than feeling like a “baby” when you’re 4.
I had my students draw on a large brown paper that was glued to the back of the vest (in case they made a non-fixable mistake…we only had exactly enough bags for 1 per student).
Cut small snips along the bottom edges to create fringe if you like.
Tie a piece of yarn to the top hole on each side of the vest and lace it up!
I’ll post a photo of me playing dress up tomorrow.