Friday, November 16, 2007

Turkey Surprise!

I had a hard time snapping a picture of Pamela. She knows when the flash is going to go off, so most pictures show her with closed eyes. On the third try, I suggested to her to look away. On Friday, Pamela made a turkey from The Toymaker. I chose the black and white version so that we could experiment with the crayon shavings technique. However, if your time or patience with coloring is limited, you can try the colored version.

Pamela painted the turkey body and tail feathers (pieces A and B) with brown water color. While the paint was wet, we added the shavings. Once dry, I covered it with a piece of paper, then a towel. Pamela and I melted the shavings with a brand-new iron. I am not sure why it turned so brown: did we have the heat too hot or did the colors mix in with the brown water color? Whatever the reason, the effect turned out surprisingly feather-like. They say even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. As I am not a crafty person, I felt like I found a nut that day!

Do you see our little mistake? We drew the head on the wrong end at first. I think it gives it character . . . At least, that is my story, and I am sticking with it . . .


Anonymous said...

Might have a go ourselves on Wednesday as the have the day off school.
Best wishes

Sherri said...

I love the turkey!!
We have taken this week off so the kids can play with their school friends, who are out of school for the week. Also, we are using this week to make some appointments and take care of some things that we are needing to get done.
Have fun!

LAA and Family said...

I downloaded a template last week for the kids to make a "Wreath of Thanks." Now, if I can just get some "leaves" ready (out of construction paper)! It'll take a few days for some of my kids to complete it. I like the activities on Toymaker! We haven't tried any yet, but I hope to before Christmas. It takes me forever to get around to the art projects..

Niffercoo said...

That looks so fantastic, Tammy! I have to admit not doing any of the crafts from that website yet because they look too complicated for me, I mean, for Reece! ;) Are the directions really clear, or do they require you to think like an artist? I have not a single crafty bone in my body!


walking said...

I am glad you all like the stuff from The Toymaker. For us, the toys are great because Pamela needs to practice cutting along curves and it provides opportunities to work on our RDI objectives.

I am like you Laa and Jennifer, not very crafty. Pamela does need scaffolding. She cuts the straight lines and the little triangle snips. When the curves are too hard, she asks me to help. Sometimes, I let her cut the curve while I turn the paper for her. It depends upon the difficulty of the cut.

The directions are not as clear sometimes. You do not have to think like an artist though. I like the ones that do not require glue the best!