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21 November 2008 Issue

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Here's a new twist on a Thanksgiving decorating tradition that everyone at your Thanksgiving dinner can contribute to.

Materials needed:

Brown paper grocery bag
Colored construction paper
Cellophane tape, double-stick or regular
Black or blue markers or pens

Begin by cutting open the brown paper bag down one side and cutting off the bottom. Lay the bag flat on a table (print side down) and draw a large cornucopia on it; cut it out. (If you aren't real artistic and don't feel confident enough to try drawing a cornucopia, simply draw an Isosceles triangle, with two sides longer than the third). Write across the top part of it "I am Thankful For..."

On the colored construction paper, outline various fruits and vegetables -- such as apple, corn on the cob, bunch of grapes, small pumpkin -- making them at least 4 inches in width; cut them out. Place the cut outs in the basket, along with the markers and the tape.

On Thanksgiving Day, before the guests arrive, tape the large cornucopia to a wall in a prominent area where it will be seen by everyone. Place the basket nearby, and invite the guests to choose a vegetable or fruit, and write something for which they are thankful on it. Then, tape it to the cornucopia. Let the paper produce spill over from the cornucopia!! By the end of the day, you will have a lovely wall decoration, full of thanks as well as color.


Leaf Paintings


Large white or off-white construction paper, 12x18"
Different variety of leaves gathered from the yard
Watercolor paint (because it dries quickly!)
Brushes, container for water, paper towels
Leaf book (optional)

Have the children go out into the yard and find as many differently shaped and colored leaves as they can. If you have a leaf book, you can identify the leaves after they have been gathered. Cover a table or work area with newspaper. Give each child a piece of paper and pencil and have them trace the leaves onto it, overlapping the outlines if they desire.

Using the real leaves as a guide for color, have them paint the traced leaves, encouraging them to experiment with mixing the paints to create their own colors. Place the finished paintings in a safe area until they dry. While they can be used as placemats, you may want to consider that they might be ruined by spilled food.


"Handmade" Turkeys

Okay, okay, so as vegans we're supposed to be getting away from the image of a turkey as a symbol of thanksgiving. Here's a way to show your non-vegan friends you have a sense of humor, while getting in a dig or two at those who still eat meat. This **can** be a fun project. Keeping tongue firmly planted in cheek, of course.

Materials needed:

White or light colored construction paper
Small hands
Glue or gluestick
Wooden ice cream sticks (optional)

Begin by giving each child a piece of paper and tracing their hand, palm down and spread apart, onto the paper. Allow the children to color and decorate the "turkey" as they wish. On the "turkey's" side, glue one wooden ice cream stick vertically.

From another piece of white construction paper, cut 3x5 rectangles. Write on them (or have the children write on them) "protest" slogans such as "Try Peanut Butter Instead", "Think Tofu", or "Give Peas a Chance." Glue these signs onto the tops of the ice cream sticks. Display the pictures for all to see, **and** to discuss!!! <wink>.

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