Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Thanksgiving art November 26, 2013

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The turkey's head was flopping down, so I used my left hand to hold the head in place and then snap this photo.

The turkey’s head was flopping down, so I used my left hand to hold the head in place and then snapped this photo of the paper plate turkey listing items for which this student is thankful.

IN THIS TECHNOLOGY DOMINATED WORLD, it’s refreshing to see that kids are still using crayons and colored paper and, yes, even paper plates to create art.

Art adorns walls in the hallways of Faribault Lutheran School.

Art adorns walls in the hallways of Faribault Lutheran School. Here I’m heading to the second floor landing.

On a recent Sunday morning stroll through the hallways of Faribault Lutheran School with camera in hand, I documented this most basic way of making art during my search for Thanksgiving themed subjects.

Simple crayon art.

Simple crayon art.

Call me old-fashioned, but kids need that hands-on experience of pulling crayons from a box, selecting colored paper, cutting shapes with a scissors, sliding a glue stick across paper and more. This is art in its most basic form.

Hand and feet shapes used to make turkeys. And, bonus, students listed things for which they are thankful.

Hand and foot shapes used to make turkeys. And, bonus, students listed things for which they are thankful.

Who among us doesn’t remember tracing around our hands with a pencil or selecting a sharp-tipped crayon or those first efforts at manipulating a scissors?

Students' versions of pilgrims.

Students’ versions of pilgrims.

This Thanksgiving, remember to unplug and to celebrate the simple joys in life like creating art with paper, crayons, scissors and glue.


BONUS PHOTOS from the hallways of Faribault Lutheran School:

Here, here are the turkeys.

Here, here are the turkeys and some mighty creative ones.

I have no idea what a turkey gram may be.

I have no idea what a turkey-gram may be.

Students' versions of Native Americans.

Students’ versions of Native Americans.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


26 Responses to “Thanksgiving art”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Crayons and markers, paper plates, handprint turkeys, turkey feathers with blessings, it all brings back memories of projects of long ago with my own boys. There is nothing quite as wonderful as seeing these types of displays. Thanks for the smiles this morning. I loved the projects then and even today—-I have hats for us to wear . 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I know, I know. These art projects brought back such sweet memories.

      About those hats…pilgrim hats? Show us photos, please.

      I hope Micah makes it from NYC. And I hope Caleb makes it to NYC. Sounds like a bad storm brewing on the East Coast.

  2. My favorite thing growing up was going with my parents and my brother to Turkey Bingo – we actually won a frozen turkey one time – so much fun. I love the art work too. Great Captures – thanks so much for sharing and making me smile:) Happy Tuesday!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I always loved the annual bingo night, too, where bingo winners won turkeys. The Legion in my hometown of Vesta just sponsored its annual bingo night last week, so my mom told me when I spoke with her on Sunday. They just have bingo now, though, and not a fish pond for kids and a game that involved tossing coins onto a board. Oh, the memories.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    I fondly remember that new box of crayons purchased for the first day of the new school year. The thought that this year I would be very careful to preserve that “new-ness” for as long as possible. Art class was always the cherished time of the day (along with music!!!). Great post!!! Blessings to you and your somewhat scattered family this Thanksgiving……Hugs…..

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I remember feeling the same way about those new crayons. I would expect art to be your favorite class, and music, too. You’re so talented in both.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        Thank you! And a lesser (much) was creative writing!!!!! And, look at what I do now!!!!! LOL! My teachers are smiling for sure!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Randy!!!!!! Hugs…….

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Yeah for the arts and us creative types.

        A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family, too, Doreen. It will be a quiet one for us with only the newlyweds here. We are excited to see them, but will miss our other two.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        Always!!!! House smelling awesome here….turkey in the oven to be pulled from the bones and heated tomorrow. Relish done. Wild rice cooked. Bread cut up. Maybe some sewing this afternoon????? LOL! Hugs…….

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Dessert made. Dressing half done. Dishes almost washed. Bathroom not yet cleaned. But time for a break. You, too.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        Officially on break!! I’m pooped!!!!! LOL!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I bet. You’ve accomplished a lot today. Relax this evening.

      • treadlemusic Says:


  4. hotlyspiced Says:

    I love these and I so agree with you. Definitely children need to use their imaginations and not be so spoon fed. I love the creativity and the brilliant use of colours xx

  5. So cute! Lucy came home with a poem about “Albuquerque Turkey” the other day and it inspired her to write one of her own. And then yesterday she said she wanted to do research on pilgrims. Finally, someone after her father’s heart! He loves to research stuff.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Will Lucy allow you to share her poem? Sounds like you have one curious daughter. I love when kids want to learn on their own because they want to know something, not because they’ve been told to learn.

  6. Thread crazy Says:

    I so remember those days Audrey…I agree; children today I think miss out on learning to be creative.

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