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Turkey Tail Fail

pattern block turkeys

What goes better together than kindergarteners and geometry? Nothing, that’s what – especially if you throw in an edible glue stick or two.

Those are a few of the things you’ll need if you want to make these adorable symmetrical pattern block turkeys by The First Grade Parade. This fun activity combines arts and crafts with basic concepts of shape and symmetry, plus it keeps the kids occupied so they’ll stop thinking about the upcoming extended Thanksgiving weekend for five whole minutes. The youngsters start with a hexagon and build a symmetrical pattern around it using construction paper shapes. Add a brown body and a face on top, and the colorful project becomes a turkey with a beautiful tail.

Each of these is clearly suitable for framing, or at the very least deserves a prominent spot on the fridge until it’s overtaken by a glitter-coated wreath and a couple hastily colored pictures of Santa.

But let’s just say, hypothetically, that the teacher left out one small detail. For instance, let’s pretend she forgot to tell the children that they needed to start their pattern with a hexagon in the center. What might THAT look like, you ask?

not-so-symmetrical turkeys

No need to wonder, because that’s exactly what happened to reader/teacher Kelli and her classroom full of kindergarteners.  Apparently, the hexagon is pretty instrumental in corralling all those shapes into a pattern of any kind, much less a pattern that’s even remotely symmetrical.

However, there’s a lot to be thankful for here. First of all, we just got to see a turkey with shapes piled on its head like Carmen Miranda’s fruit hat. Also, it’s pretty heartwarming to know that these crazy turkeys are up on somebody’s fridge anyway – symmetrical or not.

pattern block turkeys - nailed it

Catch more of Robyn’s funny, turkey-friendly writing on her blog, Hollow Tree Ventures!

2 Responses to Turkey Tail Fail

  1. Vone says:

    I love them. Seriously made me cry with laughter. They are much cooler then the original, the have more personality.

  2. Desiree says:

    @Vone, I also laughed so hard I had to wipe the tears from my eyes. I was a co teacher in a 2yr old room for a daycare and had many MANY art projects end up looking like that. This is FAR from a fail! LOL!

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