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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. 🦃

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. 💖

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. 💖


Free November Puzzle Downloads 👇

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


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November Puzzles!

Happy November, everyone! 🦃 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. 😆

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.) 💖

HOW TO GET FREE PUZZLE DOWNLOADS:

👉CLICK HERE👈 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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Jack-O-Lantern: A History

Jack-O-Lanterns with various facial expressions

Have you ever wondered how the practice of turning a pumpkin into a scary jack-o-lantern started? Here’s the story:

 Jack-o-lantern sounds Irish because it is. The flickering, carved pumpkin faces that animate the American Halloween derive from an old Irish custom of creating rustic lanterns from vegetables. The Irish child’s typical Halloween flashlight was a hollowed-out turnip or potato with a candle inside. When the Irish landed in America in the nineteenth century, they were quick to spot the possibilities in the pumpkin, and a new tradition was born.


Jack-O-Lantern Treat Cups

Share the story of the “Birth of the Jack-O-Lantern” with these yummy treat cups! Just right-click the image to save and print as is! 🎃

Jack-O-Lantern Treat Cup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • oranges
  • choice of filling: mousse, pudding, Jell-o
  • choice of garnish: Whipped cream, candy
  • knife
  • spoon

Directions:

  1. Follow the instructions on the filling and set aside.
  2. Cut tops of oranges. Scoop out the inside of oranges with spoon. Keep orange pieces if you wish to include as part of your filling.
  3. Cut out the jack-o-lantern face, careful not to cut all the way through.
  4. Spoon filling into the orange cups and refrigerate.
  5. Garnish, place lids back on oranges and serve.

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Cute but Spooky 👻

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.” 😂

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good scare or catching your favorite horror flick. A study published in the Journal of Media Psychology found that people watch scary movies 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:

👉CLICK HERE👈 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 🚗💨

Toilet Paper Roll Race Car Craft
“Boogity, 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! 🚥
  • 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. 😂
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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Gratitude During a Pandemic

World Gratitude Day "Keep the good vibes going" Turtles
Be on the look out in your mail for our gratitude mail outs. 💖

Every year on September 21st we celebrate World Gratitude Day. Here at Corwin, we think it’s a perfect day to reflect on what we are grateful for and spread the love to our coworkers and clients. With our current climate, we have found that the negative bombardment has us being intentionally positive. You may be wondering, “How can I celebrate World Gratitude day with my community?” Well, don’t you worry, dear reader, we have you covered!

Three Ideas to Celebrate World Gratitude Day

  1. Self-reflection: Why not write down what you are grateful for? If you’re feeling stuck or suffering from a bit of writer’s block, we have free downloadable templates below to help spark your gratefulness.
  2. Share your gratitude with others: Gratitude is best when shared! We know it’s hard to get together now – but if you’re able to socially distance – check out our Gratitude Game. It’s a great way to get to know each other and yourself.
  3. Keep the good vibes going: For every new customer that shares/emails/tags a photo with us of your community celebrating World Gratitude Day with our printouts, we will offer an annual membership for free!

HOW TO DOWNLOAD & PRINT:

Click the button below to download the PDF. Then open up the PDF on your computer and select Print. In your Print Settings, be sure “Fit to Page” is selected for a whole page (8.5×11) handout. ENJOY!


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September Puzzles

Hello all! We breezed through August so we are excited for these September puzzles. We listened to the feedback you so graciously supplied, so we are now including an answer key and Spanish versions for all puzzles. It was a little silly of us not to think of it before, but we are blaming it on COVID brain. 😜

This month includes one of our favorite holidays – World Gratitude Day. We will have an awesome blog post later in the month to look out for. It includes free activities and possible free membership! Here at Corwin we are so grateful for this awesome community and we just want to celebrate! Thank you again for suggestions and thoughts, we are always grateful to hear how we can be a better help to you all! 💖

HOW TO GET FREE PUZZLE DOWNLOADS:

👉CLICK HERE👈 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!

September Puzzles

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Kazoos! 🎼

Toilet Paper Kazoos

What’s a great way to repurpose toilet paper rolls after all the binge buying? Homemade Kazoos! Here at Corwin, we have a bin for recycling our paper towel and toilet paper rolls so nothing goes to waste. Ready to make some music? 🎼


Kazoo Supplies

You will need:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Rubber Bands
  • Wax Paper
  • Toothpicks (or something sharp)
  • Markers or Paint (We also colored some Corwin coloring sheets, that you can find for free here, and taped it onto the roll for decoration.)


Kazoo Beginning

To Begin:

Kazoos
Final craft!
  1. Gather your rubber band, wax paper, markers or paint and toilet paper roll for some kazoo fun.
  2. Decorate your roll how you wish. Some of us colored a coloring sheet and wrapped it around the roll instead of free painting.
  3. Next, cut the wax paper small enough to fit over the opening of one end of the roll.
  4. Fold the wax paper over and secure with the rubber band. (Shown in the image to the right.)
  5. Finally, poke holes in the paper with toothpicks so you can have that classic kazoo sound! 🎤

We recorded ourselves playing a cannon rendition of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” for your viewing pleasure. We hope the video sparks creativity with you and your community! 😂


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