- Fresh berries
- Before starting this activity show your children pictures of art created by Indians. Discuss how they used berries and other natural products to paint with. Set out berries and encourage your children to rub them across their paper to make pictures.
- Paint brush
- Paint the palm of your child’s hand and thumb brown. Paint each finger a different color and stamp it onto a piece of cardstock folded in half. Once the paint has dried add an eye to the thumb. These prints make a great turkey and thanksgiving card.
- Corn on the cob cut out
- Pop Corn
- Tempra paint powder
- Corn husks
- Pop some air popcorn; while it is still hot place it into three Ziploc bags. Add a different color of tempra paint powder into each bag. Shake the bags to spread the powder. Once the popcorn has cooled set it out to make Indian corn. Have your children put glue on the corn cutout and then stick the popcorn on. Once they are done staple real corn husks on. This makes beautiful Indian corn creations. (be sure to watch your children with the popcorn.)
Native American VestsMaterials:
- White T shirts
- Fabric markers
- Cut the sleeves off of the t shirts and cut down the center to make a vest. Explain to your class that Native Americans used natural products to dye their clothing. Place the tea bags and hot water into a bucket and add the shirts. Stir the shirts around and let them soak. Hang to dry. The next day your children can use fabric markers to decorate their vests. You can also cut the bottom into strips and add beads. These are great to wear to a Thanksgiving fest.
Thanksgiving Easel PaintingMaterials:
- Paint (fall colors)
- Easel paper
- Sprinkle a different spice into each color of paint. As your children paint the spices will mix together to make a yummy pumpkin pie smell.