Get Crafty This Weekend, Make These Two Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids! 621

Get crafty with your little ones and have their artwork adorn your Thanksgiving table! Here are two easy crafts that are fun to make with even your youngest Pilgrims!

Pinecone Turkey







This craft is simple to make with just a few basic materials and a pinecone.  Perhaps send the little ones out to search for pinecones and leaves or you may prefer, as I did, to use silk leaves and store bought pinecones. You will also need scissors, glue, felt, and googly eyes.

Step one is to use scissors to cut out a head, two feet, nose and gizzard from felt.  (may be best if completed by an adult- depending on the age of the your child).

Next add the googly eyes, nose and gizzard to the felt Turkey head.

Choose your leaves and add them to the pinecone.  Working from the outside in, glue one leaf to the pinecone at a time. (I played with leaf colors and shapes until I had a tail I liked)

Now its time to add the head.  Add glue to the pinecone and place the head in the center of the feather line on the front of the turkey

Finally, time to add the feet.  Add drops of glue to the feet and add them to the pinecone.

The finished product:


Pottery Pilgrim Hat & Native American Chief

If the pinecone turkey is one too many steps or you have a large amount of guests coming, try these hats and feathers on for size.

To create these adorable decorations, you will need small terracotta pots, paint markers (black, red, green, yellow & gold), glue, feathers and googly eyes.

Take one of the small terracotta pot and paint it black.

Using the gold paint marker, draw a buckle on the rim of the pot to complete the Pilgrims hat.

Now for the Chief.  Start by decorating the rim to create the band of his headdress.

Next add a smile and then two small drops of glue to mount the googly eyes.

Add glue to the inside of the back rim, opposite the face.  Select the colors and size feathers you would like to add and set them into the glue

I created both of these easy crafts with my 4 year old.  We had a great time shopping for supplies and putting these cute decorations together.  They will make a perfect hand-made addition to our Thanksgiving Day table!

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Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 46

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

Brookhaven Animal Shelter- Free Adoptions April 15th – April 21st 136

Brookhaven Animal Shelter Celebrates “Spring Fling” with Free Adoptions from April 15 to April 21

Farmingville, NY – The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate “Spring Fling” with free adoptions from April 15 through April 21. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $125 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal. Pictured is “Tiger,” one of the adoptable dogs at the animal shelter.

Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call 631-451-6950 or visit the Animal Shelter website at


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