During the holidays kids get caught up in the business and excitement and often want to help. The bread clay sculptures can be made by children of all ages. Children seven and up can make a turkey from an apple, some carrot curls, and a few marshmallows. These easy crafts for kids will keep them busy with minimal supervision while adults work on the Thanksgiving dinner.
Bread Clay Craft Ideas
These sculptures you can eat are just one of many Thanksgiving activities kids can participate in to help with the big dinner. You’ll need frozen bread dough that has been thawed in the refrigerator overnight. Cut the dough into individual servings (check the package for serving sizes). Knead each piece of dough so it is soft and easy to work with.
Shape the dough into fun holiday shapes, like an ear of corn, an apple, a pumpkin, a turkey, etc. Use forks, plastic knives, and toothpicks to add texture details to the sculptures (also known as dinner rolls). If some sections are much thinner than other sections, the thinner sections could burn. Add some color by mixing a few drops of food coloring with water and painting onto the uncooked dough after it has been shaped.
Set the finished sculptures onto a cookie sheet greased with shortening. Sprinkle the sculptures with a mixture of one teaspoon of sugar and one teaspoon of cinnamon or a mixture of savory herbs. Bake the edible sculptures in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. If smaller sections start to get brown before the rest of the roll, an adult should remove the tray from the oven and cover the thinner sections with aluminum foil. Allow the rolls to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Turkey Crafts for Kids
Kids can make this apple and marshmallow turkey as part of the centerpiece on the dinner table or make one for everyone as a takeaway place card. For each turkey, you’ll need an apple, a large marshmallow, a handful or two or small colored marshmallows, two whole cloves, toothpicks, and a carrot.
Use a vegetable peeler to cut thin strips of the carrot for the wings and the wattle. Set the carrot strips in a bowl of ice water to make them curl. Push two cloves into a flat side of the large marshmallow for eyes. Attach the large marshmallow to a toothpick and then push into the apple to form the head.
Poke four toothpicks to the backside of the apple so they are positioned like a fan of feathers. Slide small marshmallows onto the toothpicks for the tail feathers. Poke a toothpick into one of the carrot curls and slide into the underside of the marshmallow head for the wattle. Use three or four carrot curls for the wings, holding them in place with more toothpicks. The turkey is done!