Sticky tube turkeys

You can add just about anything light in weight to a sticky tube but since we are still on our turkey tangent – we made sticky tube turkeys in our classroom this week….

To make a sticky tube, gather up empty paper towel or toilet paper tubes and wrap them with contact paper – sticky side facing out.  We stapled our contact paper to the tubes and had them ready to go before the kids arrived.  We just needed one quick activity to complete our day and this was it!…

To make a sticky tube turkey, the children found feathers and googly eyes on the table and simply stuck them on the tubes…

If they didn’t like where an eyeball or feather was placed, they could easily take it off the tube and stick it back on again in a new place…

We didn’t set out beaks or feet but you certainly could add more items for the children to decorate their tubes than we did.  Our students were happy just adding feathers and googly eyes and we had many other things going on that day so we kept it very simple…

Ok – so maybe they look more like owls or birds or fuzzy monsters but in any case, a sticky tube has lots of possibilities!

Oh – and lighter weight items like tissue paper, fluffy feathers, construction paper scraps, and small googly eyes work best – heavier items tend to fall off the sticky tube 🙂

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By |2012-11-21T06:00:15+00:00November 21st, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Teresa November 21, 2012 at 7:45 am - Reply

    i love your ideas. could you give us a sample of your daily lesson plan? i am interested how you plan for the day and how many activities are planned for the children. i have seen the circle time, but just curious about the daily setup and the schedule you use.Teresa

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      I wrote this last year but clearly need to write a new post as this post doesn’t fully cover all that we do -but it is close.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Oh, as for a daily lesson plan. I actually don’t put anything down in writing regarding lesson plans any more because when I do – I tend to feel locked into my agenda rather than open to what I think my students will really love. There was a time when I carefully wrote out my lesson plans and I think that experience served me well but since I have been teaching so long now, there really isn’t an idea that is completely new to me or I have way too many ideas to write them all out. I think through what concepts or skills I want my students to master throughout the year and through observation of my students, I bring in or modify daily activities so they will foster growth in these areas. I plan what we will do as we go along pretty much day by day based on the development and interest of the children and sometimes based on a specific holiday or event the children will be celebrating at home or on a new book I am introducing to the children.

      I hope this helps a little.

  2. Theresa November 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    On this Thanksgiving Eve, I just wanted to say Thank You for sharing your wonderful Ideas with all of us.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Theresa:) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day:)

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