I recently discovered the beautiful Mother Natured website which is dedicated to nature crafts for kids. I was so inspired by the many beautiful nature crafts with no paper waste! Immediately, I felt compelled to think of a Chinese literacy activity with natural elements. With Thanksgiving coming up in a few days, 老大 and I made a turkey with leaves!
The pictures in this nature activity will illustrate how to make a turkey with leaves. Then, we turned the craft into a Chinese sight-word matching game! Simple characters like “火鸡” are great for those who are just starting to learn Chinese. However, you can focus on any characters related to Thanksgiving and autumn season. It’s completely adaptable to what your child is learning!
- 感恩节 (gǎn’ēn jié / Thanksgiving)
- 假期 (jiàqī / holiday)
- 火鸡 (huǒ jī / turkey)
What you need:
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- Variety of leaves – ask your child to help you find a large brown leaf for the turkey’s body and other colors for the feathers!
- Sharpie marker
- Sticks or wood chips
What to do:
- Draw outline of turkey’s body; cut body
- Draw turkey’s eyes, nose, and snood
- Write 火 on turkey’s body and 火 on several leaves
- Write 鸡 on another turkey’s body and 鸡 on several leaves
- Match the leaves to the turkey body with the corresponding Chinese character!
- Add sticks for legs
I tried to keep the activity as organic as possible with marker being the only non-natural ingredient.
Normally we would tape the feathers together, but in a way it was great that we didn’t. With loose parts, the matching activity could be repeated by re-making the turkey, and therefore promote further review of the Chinese characters.
Do you want to see how they turned out? 老二 was so curious as well!
If you make a turkey with leaves, let us know! Bonus if you can sneak in Chinese character matching! Please leave a comment and don’t forget to tag #chalkacademy on Instagram!
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