Use ready made ingredients to assemble this Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie craft. There are several skills that your child will practice to make these adorable cookies, whether it’s a single treat or a flock of sweet turkeys to grace your Thanksgiving dessert table.
Your child will improve fine motor skills while using a a knife to spread and scissors to snip! Learning to hold a knife properly to spread the frosting and snipping with scissors are fun ways to improve utensil use. Challenge dexterity by placing 5 candy corns in the palm of the hand, then shift the candy corns from the palm of the hand to your thumb pad and index finger tip without help from the other hand. This fine motor coordination skill is called palm to finger translation.
Picking up these tiny chocolate morsels is excellent for developing a pincer grasp (pinch between thumb and index finger). An alternative is to buy the ready made candy eyeballs, which will be easier for younger children to grasp. To challenge and practice fine motor skills, enlist your child in making several Turkey Cookies arranged on a plate as a colorful centerpiece at your next fall gathering!
- 1 Nilla wafer Cookie
- 1 Mini Nilla Wafer Cookie
- 1 Mini Marshmallow
- 2 Mini Chocolate Chips
- 5-6 candy corns
- 1 orange slice
- 1 dried cranberry (Craisins)
- Chocolate frosting
Supplies: Knife, scissors, toothpick (optional).
Other Ideas: Use red gummy candy or licorice for the gobbler. If using an Oreo cookie for the body, stick the candy corn tips sandwiched between top and bottom half. Then place the head on top.
- Body: Spread the frosting over the Nilla Wafer Cookie.
- Head: Stick the Mini Nilla wafer on the bottom half of the body.
- Feathers: Place 5 candy corns in a semi-circle shape above the head.
- Eyes: Using scissors, cut a marshmallow in half and put the sticky side down for 2 eyes. Add chocolate chip to the center of each eye. Press the pointy side of the chip into the marshmallow.
- Beak and gobbler: Cut a small triangle shape from the orange slice and a thin strip of dried cranberry for the gobbler. Place the gobbler next to the beak.
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