What do you get when ten fat turkeys all try to sit on the same fence?

One or all of them are bound to fall off!  Count backwards from ten as each fat turkey, perched on a fence, falls off one by one in goofy and creative ways.  Should you try to roller skate or pogo jump on a fence?  Probably not!  Come and do a turkey countdown with us at Wee Wednesday on Wednesday, November 27th as we watch what happens to these ten silly turkeys and as we countdown to Turkey Day – Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year!  What is the happiest thing about Thanksgiving in your family?

Can’t make it to Wee Wednesday this week? Try this fun hands and feet turkey craft from Enchanted Learning at home!

-Kayte

Party Turkey!

It’s that time of year when almost all crafts become themed around the holidays. And we like it like that. The only trouble is, most of the crafts we make don’t last for more than one holiday. But not, I think, this particular turkey. Kick your holiday season off with a feathered friend that wants to celebrate with you straight through New Year’s Eve!

A Party Turkey 1

In the Gallery Educators’ offices we’ve started calling these guys Party Turkeys because of their colorful plumage. The best part is that there are no sharp ends (excepting the pointy pasta beak) to hold your styrofoam body and head together; small coffee stirrers work perfectly and easily as connectors. Plus, there is no worry about small hands getting injured.

Supplies:
Coffee stirrers
Pasta noodles with diagonally cut ends (penne, mezze penne, etc.)
Googly eyes
Feathers
Pipe cleaners
(Or whatever materials you have on hand! We made ours by raiding our craft supplies.)

Directions:

  1. Spray paint styrofoam balls in a variety of colors. Encourage the kids to mix and match. (Let’s call that a pro-tip as the ones you see are both spray painted and hand painted with acrylic. The acrylic makes it hard to poke holes in the Styrofoam.)
  2. Using the various supplies, create a turkey tail. We like multi-colored feathers and pipe-cleaner spirals (created by wrapping the pipe cleaners around a pencil or a finger) because they poke easily into the foam.
  3. Using liquid craft glue (not a glue stick), affix googly eyes onto head. (Another tip: If you don’t have any but you do have printer ink, just do a quick search and print out your favorite googly eye image, cut them out, and put on with glue!)
  4. Poke one piece of pasta into the smaller ball. This is the turkey’s beak!
  5. Finally, use the coffee stirrers to add the head, either with a long or short neck, and stabilizing legs.
  6. Voila! Party Turkey is done. But maybe your Party Turkey needs a hat or a tie for the later celebrations. You could add something new for every celebration.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to join us for a pre-Thanksgiving turkey (craft) at Wee Wednesday on November 27th!

–Tabitha

What’s fox having for dinner?

Find out when we read That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems  during Wee Wednesday on Wednesday, November 20th.

In this book, a sly fox sees a plump goose walking down the street and invites her to dinner.  Is this a good idea?  Come discover what happens!  Will the goose agree to dinner with fox or will she become dinner?

This book is inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels in silent films.  Many early cartoon characters got their start on the silent screen.  Check out a few early, silent adventures of Felix the Cat!

Homemade flipbooks are a great way to make your own version of silent film.  Visit this site and try making an animal flipbook!

-Kayte

Dinosaurs: Survive as one, then hatch one at home!

Dinosaurs have taken over the Clay Center! From Be the Dinosaur  where you try to survive the Cretaceous period as your favorite dino to our fan favorite film festival featuring “Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia” and “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure”, the Avampato Discovery Museum has taken a trip 350 million years into the past.

After stomping around as a T-Rex or swimming in an ancient ocean, it can be hard to readjust to the present day when you get back home. So why try? Instead, here are a few ways to bring the dinos through your own door:

Dino-Night!
Surprise your kids with a Dino-Night! First, pre-make the dino eggs for the Dino-Egg Hatch. (Supplies and directions below!) Then, start your night by “hatching” some tiny dinos or opening them with tools that a "How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?"paleontologist might use. Next, fix up some treats to prepare for a movie night with lots of roars. An herbivore crunch plate or a carnivore’s snack pack are the perfect treats to accompany “The Land Before Time” or “Jurassic Park”, depending on the ages of your adventurers. Finally, finish it off with a good night story like “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?”

Read on for directions on the “hatchable” dinosaur eggs and let us know what movies and books you’d use for your family’s Dino-Night!

Hatchable Dinosaur Egg Instructions
Supplies:
Baking soda
Water
Food coloring
Plastic bowls
Vinegar
Spray bottle (optional)
Paper towels
Dinosaur (Smaller is easier, but if you want to do a giant egg, we’d love to see pictures!)

Process:
Part I. Making the Egg

  1. If you want to add layers to your dino egg you’ll need toBaking soda and food coloring separateyour baking soda by the number of layers, thus colors, you’ll be dying it. Otherwise, use a half-cup (or more, depending on the size of your dinosaur) and add a few drops of food coloring. It will absorb quickly and flake, just keep mixing until it is evenly distributed.
  2. Next, add water. But do so slowly! The baking soda needs to be moldable but not too wet to hold the form you give it around the dinosaur.
  3. Mold your egg around your dino. (If you’ve used layers, start with the “yolk” and move outward.)
  4. Let dry! This takes about 24 hours.

Part II: Hatching the Egg!

  1. Find a spot you don’t mind getting messy. Outside, a bathtub, sink, or even a pan on the table will work great.
  2. Hatching the EggGet your dino out! You can do this by adding vinegar to a spray bottle, pouring vinegar directly on the eggs, or even knocking them apart with a chisel and a hammer. Make many and you can try several different methods!

-Tabitha

Skunks make EXCELLENT pets!

This is what little Petunia thinks until she meets up with one in person.  ICK!  Skunks may have cute little noses and beautiful black and white stripes, but there’s just one problem.  Join us on Wednesday, November 13th to find out why Petunia may NOT want a pet skunk after all.  Besides, there are always porcupines!

Would a porcupine make a good pet?

What kind of pet(s) do you have?  Share with us what kind of pet you have and tell us a funny story about your cuddly (or not so cuddly) critter.

Don’t have a pet?  If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?

Meet one of the Clay Center’s pets!  Her name is India and sIndia-Chocolate Bunnyhe is a regular domestic rabbit.  We found and rescued her from the bushes in front of the Center.  She is incredibly sweet and loves to hop and play…sometimes she likes to pose like a chocolate bunny!

The Cat in the Hat Comes for a Visit!

I came in my bCitH Blog 1owtie and in my striped hat. To the Clay Center I came, I’m The Cat in the Hat!

On November 6th The Cat in the Hat visited our pre-school audiences for Wee Wednesday.  He brought along his friend DebbieCitH Blog 3 from West Virginia PBS to read one of his favorite stories The Thinga-ma-jigger is Coming Today!  After the story he had a fun meet and greet with his little, energetic fans!

 

Do you love The Cat in the Hat or other Dr. Seuss Books? 

Tell us your FAVORITE Dr. Seuss book!

In the spring we will host Martha from 
Martha Speaks on West Virginia PBS!

-Kayte