Is it an appropriate Thanksgiving post if you whine and cry because your kids are getting too big?? If I throw a little hissy fit because for the first year ever, I don’t have a kid in elementary school with parties to plan and cute little crafts to make for teachers??
Yeah, probably not the best way to show how thankful I am, huh? So I’ll throw my little chin in there and put on my brave face, because I really do have so much to be thankful for.
1) I’m thankful that when my kids were in elementary school, I was able to stay home with them and be so involved with their schooling and friendships.
2) I’m thankful that both of my kids enjoy humoring me when I get all artsy and craftsy on them.
3) I’m thankful that my kids’ teachers and principals humored me when they got the same treats multiple years in a row because my kids loved them so much they forced me to repeat them (yes, it was all the kids).
4) I’m thankful that I enjoyed that time so much that now that it’s gone, I miss it terribly. Terribly.
So to all of the teachers, principals, secretaries and room moms who have been so important in my kids’ lives… you’re not getting your turkey cookies this year. Because my darn kids went and grew up.
But the rest of you are free to make them, because they are seriously cute and easy!
So easy, in fact, that I practically did nothing for these!
I made 2 feather templates out of cardstock, handed 1 to each kid and set them loose with scissors! They traced them, cut them out and did all the writing! Each feather gets its own word: “I’m thankful you’re my teacher… secretary… room mom… principal”. One year we even made these for neighbors.
The gizzard is just construction paper too and we use double-sided tape to attach everything to our plastic-wrapped cookie.
And forget the cute little kid handwriting and sloppy feather cuts. The real start of the show is the cookie! We make these large and bake for a little longer than the recipe says, but check out this old post for our favorite chocolate chip cookie that we use!