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Thankful Turkeys

Thankful Turkeys Craft

We love these Thankful Turkeys for a cute and cheap Thanksgiving craft. This craft really allows for you to get creative and try new things. πŸ¦ƒ

What You’ll Need:

Thankful Turkeys Supplies
Supplies needed for Thankful Turkeys.
  • Multi-colored Construction Paper
  • Toilet Paper Rolls (We suggest saving rolls throughout the month. There’s so many crafts you can do with the rolls! A creative and excellent way to be thrifty.)
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue Stick or Tape
Thankful Turkeys feathers
April, our Design Manager, was over the glue sticks and used tape to put her feathers together. She cut slits into the top and slid the feathers in, instead of attaching them to the back via a glue stick. We love the creativity. πŸ’–

Directions:

  1. Start by cleaning your roll off. Bits of leftover paper can easily be removed by peeling it off with your fingers.
  2. Decide if you would like to wrap your roll with paper or keep the roll clean.
  3. Next, decorate your main body turkey. Here’s a chance to be creative! If you so choose, add wings, turkey face and legs!
  4. Next, cut out your tail feathers. They can be as big or as small as you choose. If you decide to write what you’re thankful for on the feathers, we suggest larger so you have more room to write. Write your reasons to be thankful before attaching the tail feathers to the main body.
  5. Now, attach the tail feathers together using a glue stick or tape. You have two options to attach your tail feathers. The first option is shown in the image above. Cut a small slit at the top on the roll so you are able to slide the feathers in. The other option is to attach the feathers to the back.
A Thankful Turkey shown with writing on the tail feathers.

You’re ready to show off your Thankful Turkey!

Your Thankful Turkey is done! Check out ours below for inspiration, because everyone needs a dose of creativity before getting started. Are you at an Assisted Living or Memory Care facility? Make a demo beforehand so you can help step by step. πŸ’–


Free November Puzzle Downloads πŸ‘‡

Did you miss November’s free puzzle download? Click here to check it out! πŸ€—


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Fall Candle Jars

Dollar Tree Fall Candle Jars
Dollar Tree Fall Candle Jars

The dollar store has tons of reasonably-priced craft supplies and is the perfect place to stock up for craft day! Find all you need for today’s craft at your local store. Today we will be making Fall Candle Jars made from plastic (or real) leaves, mod-podge and your favorite shaped glass jar among the many glass jars at the Dollar Tree.

Supplies
Supplies

You Will Need:

  • Plastic (or real) Leaves
  • Glass Jar
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Battery Powered Tea Light Candle

To Begin:

  1. Once you’ve picked your favorite shaped jar, decide whether or not you would like a real or battery-powered candle. If you choose battery powered, then you can continue by coating the INSIDE of your jar in mod podge. If you choose a real candle, then you can continue by coating the OUTSIDE of your jar in mod podge. This is strictly for fire safety precautions.
  2. Next, begin carefully placing your leaves to the mod podge side of your jar. Use your paintbrush to coat the leaves and smooth out any wrinkles. Continue by covering the entire jar in leaves.
  3. Once your jar is covered, you can trim off any excess leaves and wait patiently overnight for your jar to dry completely.
  4. Now that the jar has dried, you may place the candle of your choice inside and enjoy!

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November Puzzles!

Happy November, everyone! πŸ¦ƒ We have some cute November puzzles for you and your community we wanted to share.

Are you not turkey’s biggest fan or are you having a smaller meal this year? We totally get it. We were reading up on smaller, turkey-less main dishes and our mouth is watering. Especially for those that have small kitchens, some of these recipes are perfect! Here at Corwin, we will do our employee Thanksgiving potluck and we could honestly skip the main course and munch on the sides. πŸ˜†

As with everything this year – holidays look vastly different. We hope these November puzzles find you well and happy. May you find things to be thankful for and a brighter outlook for the future. Most importantly, we hope you stuff yourself with good food and great company (virtual or otherwise.) πŸ’–

HOW TO GET FREE PUZZLE DOWNLOADS:

πŸ‘‰CLICK HEREπŸ‘ˆ to enter your email and we will email you the November puzzle posters! Follow the instructions on the email to view and print the puzzles. Super easy!

November Puzzles

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Painting Pumpkins Craft

painting pumpkins

Happy All Hallow’s Eve (Eve)! This DIY craft is painting pumpkins. Simple, but depending on your artistic level, a chance to be creative! Here at Corwin, we really enjoyed being able to sit down and get our creative juices flowing. πŸŽƒ We have our costumes ready to go and are about to chow down on our Haunted potluck. We hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!


You will need:

  • A gourd (We used plastic pumpkins because it’s hard to find real ones in Florida when we put this craft together. πŸ˜…)
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint
  • Glasses of Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates

Directions:

  1. Clean off your pumpkin with water and dry it.
  2. Paint! 🎨 If you are not feeling creative, we encourage looking up examples!
  3. Let the paint dry and decorate your space!
painting pumpkins final

Display your painted pumpkins for all to see. πŸ€— We would love to see if you and your community tried this craft. Email or tag us and show off you painting pumpkins!


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Resident Mummies

Resident Mummies
Resident Mummies!

Halloween is only a few weeks away! Get ready for this hilarious, interactive craft to include all of your residents in – Resident Mummies! Every-mummy will want to participate!

You Will Need:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Headshots of Residents
  • Glue Stick
  • White Packing Tape
  • Mummy Stencil
  • Pencil
  1. Begin by snapping photos of all of your residents; you’ll want a nice, clear headshot of everyone participating.
  2. Next, you’ll want to upload these to the computer and print them out to a reasonable size. You may have to play around with the “scale” option to scale your image down to an appropriate size. Use your best judgment.

Next, you’ll want to download and print the “Mummy Stencil” Printable below.

Mummy Stencil

4. After you’ve printed your printable, you’ll want to cut it out. Lay it on top of a stack of black construction paper (as many pieces of paper as residents participating), and trace the stencil with your pencil.

5. With your stack in hand and your traced piece of paper on top, begin cutting them out with your scissors.

6. Give each of your residents a black mummy cutout and their corresponding photo of themselves. Have them cut their head out and glue it to the mummy with a glue stick.

Mummies!
Mummies!

7. With your packing tape, cut off 3, 6-inch strips, then cut those down the middle to give you 6 thin 6-inch strips. Do this for each resident.

8. Allow your residents to tape their mummy as they please. Trim or fold back any excess tape.

Hang your Mummy to scare away the monsters!

Resident Mummies!
Resident Mummies!

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Toilet Paper Roll Dragon

Toilet Paper Roll Dragon Craft

Ready to make a Toilet Paper Roll Dragon!? We really enjoyed making these, and love how you can be creative and differ the dragons. We hope these fire up your smile and creative juices! 🐲

You will need:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Possibly tape
Toilet Paper Roll Dragon
Things you’ll need! Get creative with different colors.

Directions:

1. Cut out the scales from the construction paper of the color of your choosing. If you are feeling creative, this would be a good chance for multi-colored scales or different shapes!

2. Attach the scales using the glue stick and circle around the toilet paper roll until covered. Optional: cut a small bit of paper off to cover the rest of the roll.

3. Now it’s time to make your dragon’s face! You can make this really simple or use the below photo as an example. πŸ‰ Who says Toilet Paper Roll Dragons all have to look the same?

Toilet Paper Roll Dragon
Use different color paper for the eyes and nose. You can always make a 3-D option by folding the paper to prop it up!

It’s time to breathe some fire into our Toilet Paper Roll Dragon! πŸ”₯

4. Grab your tissue paper and fold in half. Cut sections at various widths and lengths for a fun fire effect! If you have multiple colors of tissue paper, then we encourage you to add it in for extra fire power. πŸ˜‚

5. Roll your fire up as shown in the image below and tape or glue it to the inside of the mouth piece!

πŸ”₯ Give your fire-breathing dragon a go! πŸ”₯

We named ours Cindy.

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Cute but Spooky πŸ‘»

Cute but spooky – that has been our theme here at Corwin for Halloween. We are just not into scary as much as we normally are after the year we have had. Granted, we say this, and one of our theme days at the office is “Classic Horror Movies.” πŸ˜‚

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good scare or catching your favorite horror flick. A study published in theΒ Journal of Media PsychologyΒ found thatΒ people watch scary moviesΒ for three main reasons: tension, relevance and unrealism. Others who are drawn to it due to “relevance” find elements in the movie that they can relate to. Those who like horror due to its “unrealism” enjoy it because they know for a fact that it’s all fake anyway. For them (read half of the Corwin staff as well), it’s just pure entertainment. For the “tension,” it can be about releasing the fear after the scare. That rush of adrenaline without having to do anything strenuous can be fun!

Has your community been embracing the season of fear or are you feeling the cute but spooky vibe? Let us know in the comments!

HOW TO GET FREE PUZZLE DOWNLOADS:

πŸ‘‰CLICK HEREπŸ‘ˆ to enter your email and we will email you the September puzzle posters! Follow the instructions on the email to view and print the puzzles. Super easy!

Halloween October Puzzles

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Race Car Craft πŸš—πŸ’¨

Toilet Paper Roll Race Car Craft
β€œBoogity, boogity, boogity – let’s go racing, boys!” – Darrell Waltrip

It’s time to let your competitive side fly with this race car craft! Did we try to race these in the streets of Ybor? Maybe. (Yes.) We found that our wheels weren’t as round as they ought to be. 😜

Supplies:

Race Car Craft Supplies
Supplies! πŸš₯
  • Toilet paper rolls. (We also used paper towel rolls to cut out the wheels, but you can use an old cereal box for wheels too.)
  • Acrylic paint. (You can also use sharpies if you rather skip the paint.)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Thumbtacks or brands. (You can also staple or tape the wheels if you don’t care about them moving.)
  • Bowls or cups for brushes
  • A plate (to dry the race cars)
  • Paper towels (to wipe off brushes)
  • ***Optional*** String to pull the cars if you’re like us and can’t cut in perfect circles. πŸ˜‚
Race Car Craft Start
Cut out the seat.

To Begin:

  1. To start, cut a hole in the roll and fold a seat. You can be creative with this, making it as big or small as you want. We even had a “Formula 1” style car with the seat all the way in the back! 🏎

2. Time to paint your car! Lost for ideas? Google some famous race cars for inspiration. You can make this as simple or as complicated as you want.

Race Car Craft Drying
Drying out!

3. While your car is drying, it’s time to cut your wheels out. If you’re struggling with the roll, we also suggest using an old cereal box. If you want perfect wheels so the car will roll, use a pencil to make a circle.

4. Paint your wheels! We got creative with this too. ⚫️

Make sure that it completely dries!

5. Let everything dry now. You can use a hairdryer on a low setting to speed the process along.

Race Car Craft Wheels
Attaching the wheels.

6. Use a thumbtack or brand to fix your wheels to the car. If you do not care about the wheels moving, you can staple or tape the wheels to the car.

7. Go enjoy that car! We attached string so we could “race” them. 😊

We hope you manage better than us! We would love to see what your community comes up with. Please share/tag/email us your creations! 🏁

Race Car Craft Complete!
Race car craft complete! 🏁

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