This November, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and Autumn, one of the projects we did was to make these Turkey Treasure Buckets.
My girls LOVE being outside.
They’d sleep out there if I let them.
Anyway, I wanted a project that would involve nature. So we made some turkey buckets to collect autumn leaves.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a ton of beautiful, colored leaves where we live in Florida. Our backyard pretty much has a bunch of brown Live Oak leaves. And some sticks, and some mulch, and some grass…
So, nature: yes. Beautiful fall colors: not so much.
I feel bad, too, because we we just in Georgia a couple of weeks ago and we collected a ton of fantastically bright fallen leaves. But I didn’t think to bring any home with us.
So, we improvised. Used what we had.
And the kids had a blast.
We started with some copper-colored mini buckets from the bargain section of Target and a handful of clothespins.
We painted the clothespins with a variety of colors and sprinkled sequins over the wet paint to represent the turkey’s feathers. It was messy, but fun. My girls love painting.
And we only did one side. You could do both if you prefer.
I cut a quick face out of construction paper while they were painting, and they helped me glue on the eyes, beaks, and waddel. Then I hot glued the faces to the buckets. This was a sure way to keep them securely attached, but with an easy way to remove them later to reuse the buckets for another project.
Then, they clipped on the clothespin “feathers.”
Here’s a picture of my baby searching the backyard for treasures.
The clothes pins are a little heavy, but my girls wanted as many as possible. You could always use less if the weight is problem for you.
And here’s one of the buckets, filled with leaves and sticks.
They had so much fun with this. And they played with the buckets over and over, filling them with all kinds of treasures, including tiny toys.
And I had a blast watching them and helping them seek out fun discoveries in the backyard. It’s so great to spend some outdoors with my girls. I’m sooooooo happy that the coolness of fall is finally showing its face in Florida!