## Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Craft

This craft perfectly combines early geometry with Thanksgiving cheer!

In order for creativity to flourish, students need a solid understanding of the fundamentals. What underpins the fundamentals is vocabulary. A student has to be able to describe their world and what they see before they can change it and create new things. This activity is a great way to connect the visual aspect of shapes to the vocabulary that students will use for their entire academic careers. Fold a single circle first into 2D then 3D shapes, while getting as detailed as your students are ready for. In the classroom, it might be useful to copy the circle onto an overhead transparency or a sheet of clear Mylar so you can demonstrate for the whole class as you take them through this lesson.

What’s great about this activity is that is can be used for a wide range of ages and developmental levels. Very young students practice their fine motor skills while they fold, and build their vocabularies by identifying the basic shapes they are making. For older and more experienced students, this activity is a great way to practice geometric
vocabulary while learning technical aspects of shapes like faces, vertices and angles. Even better, at every level this is a no-fail activity, so while students are practicing vocabulary, they are succeeding at the basic folds. The small success bolsters confidence, and motivates students to take risks.

Age: 4+

Duration: 15 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Practice and reinforce geometry and vocabulary. Create a cute Thanksgiving craft. Exercise folding skills and following directions.

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The first step for this adorable holiday craft is to decorate your base. Place a color diffusing circle on an art tray or cookie sheet for each student, and have the pipette liquid watercolors onto the circle. Be sure to cover the entire surface! Students can use a pre-mixed orange, or they can experiment with pipetting yellow and red separately. Leave the circles to dry.

Once the circles are dry, it’s time to fold them up! We have created a special video to demonstrate the process:

Use this opportunity to talk to your students about circles. Circles are a regular shape, with a single face. Challenge students to think of where circles are in the world. They might suggest bicycle or car tires, pizzas or the moon and sun. Older students can talk about the mathematical properties of the circle, like the diameter (the distance between two opposite points), radius (the distance from the center to any single point on the curve) and the circumference (the distance around the outside of the circle). Challenge your students to find the area of their circle, using the formula A = r2. A stands for area. Area is the amount of flat space a shape takes up.

This activity is great for a few different reasons. First, it’s easy to do; as a no-fail activity it’s entertaining to students of all ages and it boosts confidence. Second, it’s an easy-to-scale activity. You can fold a circle with four year olds or fourteen year olds, and the conversations can reinforce basic shape names or basic geometry. Some of the shapes we fold are uncommon, so reinforcing them in this activity is important.

Once students have achieved their 3D Icosahedron, tape the bottom so the shape holds. Now you have the base shape for your slice of pumpkin pie!

To decorate your slice of pie, start by adding a crust! Cut out a triangle of brown construction paper that is approximately 4 1/2″ high (from center base to point) and 5″ wide at the base. Glue the triangle to the base and one edge of your color diffusing icosahedron. Use scissors with wavy blades to trim the base of the triangle so it looks like the crimped edge of a pie crust!

To top off your slice of pie, fluff up a cotton ball and glue it to the top. No pumpkin pie is complete without the whipped cream!

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## Tube Craft Turkey with Color Diffusing Feathers

These adorable feathered friends make great centerpieces for any family dinner, and terrific classroom decorations!

Age: 4+

Duration: 15 minutes (plus drying time)

Learning Outcomes:

You’ll Need:

We have found that the best way to structure this craft is to start by preparing the color diffusing sheet that will be your turkey’s feathers, and then having students create their turkey’s bodies while the liquid watercolor paint dries. So begin with a sheet of color diffusing paper on a tray and use paint pipettes to cover the whole sheet in liquid watercolor paint.

Set the sheets aside to dry while students create the bodies for their turkeys. Start with one of our card tube crafts flat on the table. Using construction paper, carefully cut out and glue down a belly for your turkey.

Now it’s time to give your turkey a face and some personality! Use a small triangle of yellow construction paper to make the beak. Glue googly eyes above the beak. Next, carefully crumple up a tissue circle to create your turkey’s wattle. Glue it underneath the beak. You can also crumple up a second tissue circle and give your turkey a jaunty set of red forehead feathers!

Once students are happy with the faces of their turkeys, carefully roll them up and insert the tabs into the slots. This will create a tube and allow your turkey to stand on its own!

By now your color diffusing sheets should be dry enough to work with. Carefully cut feather shapes out of the sheet.

Use 5-6 feathers per turkey to give each one a beautiful tail fan of feathers! Carefully glue them to the back of your turkey.

## United Art & Education uses our Color Diffusing Circles!

United Art & Education uses our R24908 Color Diffusing Circles to make rose-window style stained glass images!

The process is very simple and can be applied to most other Color Diffusing Circle projects. First, the R24908 Color Diffusing Circles were folded in half twice. A pencil was used to sketch in a rose-window like design on the portioned part. Later, the artist applied watercolor markers to add color and definition to the sketch.

The final step used a paintbrush to dab water onto the colored parts. This distributes the color through all the underlying layers.

When the paint is dry, unfold the entire Color Diffusing Circle to reveal the complete art underneath!

Check out the full step by step process and final artwork in the video below! Be sure to leave them a positive comment!

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