I made this clothespin feathers turkey to work on fine motor skills with Caden last year and was disappointed when he wasn’t interested. But this year when I brought it out he was up for the challenge! And I decided to give it its own blog post since so many of you seem to like it!
To make it I cut two circles, one bigger than the other out of brown craft foam. I hot glued these two circles together and added a turkey face using googly eyes, and foam sticker shapes. For the feathers, I hot glued small craft feathers onto standard wooden clothespins.
When I said this activity was a challenge, I meant it. Caden had to really persevere in order to clip all the feathers on the turkey. I helped him get started by clipping on one feather and then encouraged him to try on his own. He stuck with it, figuring out how to squeeze the clothespin together to open it, but had a hard time holding the flimsy turkey while trying to clip the feathers on. I think if I were to make another one I would use cardboard or even laminated cardstock would be sturdier.
Caden got all the feathers on and then came to the red feather, got frustrated and hid under the chair for several minutes while I encouraged him to come out and finish putting all the feathers on the turkey. I made the turkey talk, asking for his red feather and got lots of giggles but Caden didn’t budge from under the chair. Then I tried a little trick the occupational therapist suggested. I told Caden I was going to sing the ABC’s and when I was finished singing he had to come out from under the chair and clip the red feather on. It worked like a charm! And Caden got the red feather on with only a little help from me to stabilize the turkey. He was so proud!
Here is Caden’s completed turkey! The red feather may have been put on backwards, but that doesn’t matter to me! I am so proud of Caden for sticking with it and getting all the feathers on the turkey!
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