Fall Camping Trip & Turkey Craft for Kids
It’s 85 degrees in Texas in November. Still I was determined to find some fall foliage for the family to look at. Could such a thing even exist in Texas? On the surface we appear a state that seems to zip from green right past beautiful fall colors and straight on into winter dead brown. I scoured the internet and found a hidden gem called Lost Maple State Nature Area. If you didn’t know better you might think you were in New England. We took the travel trailer for a fun fall weekend getaway where we hiked and saw Mother Nature’s paintbrush. We made a fun turkey craft for kids and were living our best fall life.
Lost Maple State Natural Area
Every once in a while old Mom and Dad are pretty cool. Like when they surprise you and pick you up early on a Friday with the travel trailer ready for a road trip. They knew we were picking them up but we decided to bring the trailer and surprise them. The surprise worked! Two happy campers. See what I did there? Small town for the win.
Lost Maple State Natural Area is in Vanderpool, Texas and about half an hour from Garner State Park. They do have a camping area but it was already full when I attempted to make reservations three months ago. I found Riverside RV Park which is about five miles from Garner. It’s a beautiful, quiet, and clean RV park directly on the Frio. Not a lot of amenities but the scenery was so beautiful we didn’t miss them.
We went for a day trip to Lost Maple and the leaves were definitely worth the trip. The colors are not like anything seen in most of Texas. Bold reds and yellows with hints of orange lined an easy hike along a stream. We took the mile hike and did a scavenger hunt along the way. There are also two and five mile hikes as well as picnic areas. It was so nice to get out and enjoy fall’s beauty and unplug for a bit. Then it was back to camp for a nap and to make our cute turkey craft for kids.
Fun Turkey Craft for Kids
We love to decorate our campsite and make it our little home away from home. We have lights, pennants, a wreath, and windsocks. Holidays are even more fun to decorate for. The kids are at a fun age to craft with. With Thanksgiving approaching I thought why not make something for the campsite. I did a quick search and found this tabletop turkey from Parents.com and thought how fun would it be to do a variation and turn it into a windsock for the travel trailer!
To Make the Windsock Turkey Craft for Kids You Will Need:
Construction paper in yellow, red, and orange
Foam sheets in yellow, red and orange
Large googly eyes
Hot glue gun
The first thing I did was using a knife cut two slits in the top of the Solo cup.
Then I cut off about a two foot section of string.
Next I took the string and threaded an end through each slit.
I then went into the cup and tied a knot so that the ends couldn’t be pulled out of the cup.
This loop is what you will use to hang the windsock.
Next I cut 5 strips each of yellow and red foam paper.
Then I cut the same number of strips of the orange construction paper.
After that I freehand cut a piece of red for the turkey’s waddle.
Then I cut two connected diamonds to be the top and the bottom of the beak.
The I cut 4 feathers from the red, yellow, and orange construction paper.
My work here on the turkey craft for kids was almost done. It was time to let my daughter go to work.
I did not let her operate the hot glue gun, but rather applied the glue and let her affix the item to the turkey.
First we glued on the eyes.
Then the waddle.
Then we glued the beak over the waddle.
Next we glued the four feathers to the back of the Solo cup in a fan pattern.
Finally we alternated gluing a pattern of the yellow, red, and orange strips to the inside of the Solo cup.
Then we proudly hung it to the awning of our travel trailer! So cute!
The leaves this weekend were beautiful and I loved being outside with my family but my favorite memory was crafting with my girl again. It had been too long and that time where they actually want to do a project is too fleeting. Her brother already is too cool to craft with mom most of the time. Grab a brown solo cup and some googly eyes and make a turkey and make some memories this fall and add some cuteness to your Thanksgiving decor.