My kiddos love this hilarious book. The book targets, Ordinal numbers, counting, number sense, prepositions and action words.

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We used the Estimation Station to guess how many turkeys tall we are. The turkeys are from teacher supply store.

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We will use this as our place mat for our feast. The turkey is clip art I enlarged. I painted the kids hands different colors to make the turkey tail. In the upper right corner is their picture with their hands folded in prayer. Beside the picture is a little tag I made that says Happy Thanksgiving with the year. On the bottom right is a prayer:

Dear God,
Thank you for giving me
food, clothes, and a place
to live. Thank you for my
family and relatives.
Please help me be more
thankful on other days, too.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Start by tracing and cutting out each child's hand print. Children paint a TP tube in fall colors. When dry add googly eyes and a red triangle for waddle. Glue the hand print to the back of the TP tube. We added pom poms to the fingers and two clothes pins for legs.


Accordion folded arms and legs make an adorable candy corn man.


We used grocery store flyers and cut our favorite foods and then glued them on a paper plate.


Materials: paper plates, crayons, turkey head, scotch tape, and plastic forks.
I divided each paper plate into eight sections and then let the children color each section a different color. They then colored the turkey and glued it to the center of the paper plate. Scotch tape the plastic forks to the back of the plate to look like legs.


We made Native American headdresses. We used bingo daubers and stamps to make our ABCD pattern


We used died pasta and patterned a necklace.



The children read the feathers and then glued them on their turkeys.



Indian corn - just place an ear in a pan/bowl/dish with a little bit of water and corn will start to grow in a few days.

Right before it was time to throw out the corn I let the children use scissors and "cut the grass". They loved this!


First we read The Day Before Thanksgiving. I then tell our kiddos we will all get to disguise our turkeys and display them on our bulletin board. I send home a turkey pattern with instruction.
We get some adorable turkeys - err disguised turkeys.

Certainly Mr. Farmer will not be able to find any turkeys in our room!


I remember this song from when I was very little.  I learned it from my elementary teacher Mrs.Norman.

There are many things I am thankful for,
I can find them near and far,
There are many things I am thankful for,
Let me tell you what they are . . . . .
I am thankful for (*add whatever your thankful for).
I am thankful for (*add).
I am thankful for (*add), and I'm thankful to be me.

An example:
*I am thankful for my friends.
*I am thankful for my pets.
*I am thankful for my family.

Repeat this chorus three times.

Submitted by Valerie
Gobble Fat Turkey Song
 By Valarie 
 (have the children flap their arms like a chicken
 while singing this song)
 Fat Turkey, Fat Turkey
 Gobble,Gobble, Gobble 
 Fat Turkeys are we
 We go this way and that way
 and this way and that way
 Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
 Fat Turkeys are we

"Thanksgiving Day is coming," Mr. Turkey said.
"Now I must be real careful or I shall lose my head."
The pumpkin heard the turkey, "I'm frightened too, Oh my!"
"They'll mix me up with sugar and spice and I'll be a pumpkin pie!

Ten fat turkeys standing in a row.
They spread thier wings and tails just so.
They look to the left,
Then they look to the right.
When they strut their stuff, they're quire a sight!
But you won't get to see them on Thanksgiving Day,
'cause one by one they'll run away!  Ten, nine, eight...........

Five little turkeys by the barn door,
One waddled off, then there were four.
Four little turkeys out under the tree,
One waddled off, then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,
One waddled off, then there was one.
One little turkey - better run away!
Soon will come Thanksgiving Day!
Five Little Turkeys
Five little turkeys sitting on a fence.
The first one said, "My I'm immense!"
The second one said, "I can spread my tail."
The third one said, "Don't catch it on a nail!"
The fourth one said, "I can gobble at you."
The fifth one said, "I can gobble-gobble too."
When along came a farmer,
Who stopped to say, "TURKEYS LOOK BEST ON
5 little turkeys by the old barn door,
1 runs away, and now there are 4. 
4 little turkeys by the sycamore tree,
1 runs away, and now there are 3.
3 little turkeys gobbling as they do,
1 runs away, and now there are 2.
2 little turkeys strutting in the sun,
1 runs away, and  now there is 1.
1 lonely turkey run, runs away,
for soon it will be Thanksgiving Day!

A teacher in our group (7 kindergartens) did a great project with the Mayflower idea yesterday.  A student formed Mayflower.  She invited 2 other classes on the playground to see her do it, then we all made it together.  It was so much fun!  Took about 15 minutes or less.

Making the Mayflower (the boys):
Line up 2 rows of boys to be the boat-if you have an odd number of boys, let the odd one be the front of the boat.

Have each set of 2 boys (standing side-by-side) lock opposite arms from boy 1's shoulder to boy 2's shoulder.  Then each boy holds onto 
the shoulder of the boy directly in front of him.

Boarding the Mayflower (the girls):
The girls in your class are the Pilgrims.
Have the girls crawl under the archway the boys have made with their arms.  They will be inside the boat.

Then the sea gets a LITTLE ROUGH and the "Mayflower" GENTLY rocks back and forth.  The boat can move VERY SLOWLY FORWARD so the "Pilgrims" have time to move up too, going to America.

Then the "Mayflower" gently bumps into PLYMOUTH ROCK- a cabinet or chair or table in your room, something, a tree, you!
The "Pilgrims" get off (crawl out from tunnel made by boys archway).  The boys then become the Native Americans and greet the Pilgrims.

Lesson idea from Melissa-a WONDERFUL, creative teacher!

Submitted by Cherie
Gobble Gobble Turkey
 (stand up & flap arms) Gobble Gobble turkey standing up so straight
(run in place) Gobble Gobble turkey running through the gate
(run in a circle) gobble gobble turkey running all around
gobble gobble turkey sitting on the ground (sit down)

Submitted by Kellyanne
1/2 flour tortilla per child
 assorted food coloring
 paint brushes
 small pretzel sticks
 canned frosting
 Hand to each child a half of tortilla.  Have child roll tortilla into cone shape and affix with small amount of frosting.  Dip three(3) pretzel sticks into froting and adhere to top of tortilla tee pee so as to look like structural sticks.  Paint with food coloring using q-tips or paintbrushes.  Eat...or not

Submitted by Kimberly
You take construction paper or any materials that you like and make a huge turkey.(I found that felt not only was fun but the tecture was a great effect.)  You can make him realistic or funny looking, however you like.  But as the tail feathers you use your childrens handprints ask them to tell you one thing that they are thankful for and write it in their handprint.  It makes a fun bulliten board for the children, as well as the parents, because they can see what their little turkeys are thankful for.

Submitted by Sheila
Giving Thanks Song -- (Sung to "Itsy Bitsy Spider").
First, we give thanks for the
food that we've been given
Then, we give thanks for the
houses that we live in.
And we give thanks for the
sun that shines above, but
Mostly we give thanks for the people that we love.

The children can use hand motions: first motion a bowl with the left hand, a spoon with the right, pretend to spoon food toward mouth. For the "houses that we live in", children point fingertips to make a roof and put it over their heads. Point up to the sun. Then for the last part, put hands over heart.
 *This can be a grace before snack, also.
*If the parents are ok with it, substitute the word "Lord," for the word "First."
 Tip- Itsy, spout and out are two syllables. Stretch out the one syllable word,"First" over the 2 syllable "Itsy" note. You need to sing "given" and "live in" (2 syllables each) over the one syllable "spout" and "out" notes. You get the idea. : )

Submitted by Donna
Use tag paper to cut out a simple house shape.  Cut a "T" shape starting at the bottom of the tag to make a door.  Glue white drawing paper on the back of the house so when the "doors" are open there is a drawing surface.  The children draw their families inside the house and teachers label the drawings.  We add a title to each house ie: (Child's name)'s Family.  Bind all the houses together along one edge to create a class book.  Don't forget to add a family comment page!

Submitted by Donna
After telling the story of the first Thanksgiving we always make simple "land ho" telescopes.  We let the children decorate toilet paper rolls with crayons or markers and add a piece of saran wrap to one end.  We retell the story of the Pilgrims finding land and the children love shouting "Land Ho!" and using their new telescopes.

Submitted by Verlona
This is a fun project to do. We cut out large turkeys and ask each child how to cook a turkey. We write it on the turkey and put them on the wall. The parents get a real kick out of this one. You usually have a good laugh too.

Turkey hats; to make one, paint a cone-shaped birthday hat brown. Glue construction-paper tail feathers to one side of the hat.  Glue wiggle eyes to the front of the hat just below the point.  Complete the hat by gluing a construction-paper beak and wattle to the face.  Gobble, gobble!

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Hat
Small paper cup (3 oz. Size)
Black yarn
Felt scraps (black, blue and red)
Lightweight cardboard
White glue
Cut the bottom out of the paper cup. Cover the outside of the cup with glue and wrap the cup with black yarn until it is completely covered. Set aside to let dry.

Cut a 4-inch circle from the lightweight cardboard. Cut a 4-inch circle from the black felt. Glue the felt piece to the lightweight cardboard piece. This will be the hat brim.

Glue the wide edge of the paper cup to the felt side of the hat brim. Make sure the cup is centered on the hat brim. Cut a 6 ½ x ¾-inch piece of blue felt. Glue the blue felt piece around the cup above the hat brim. Cut a small red buckle out of the red felt. Glue the red buckle over the blue band in the front of your hat.

Now you can fill your hat with treats and place it at the table for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Provide red, yellow, brown, or orange playdough and turkey-shaped or leaf-shaped cookie cutters at the Playdough Center.

Make mats (laminated paper mats or divide vinyl placemats) by dividing it into fourths with a permanent marker.  Put a different number on each section.  Have the students cut the correct number of dough turkeys to place on each numbered section of the mat.

There is a book called ALL ABOUT TURKEYS  by Jim Arnosky (J598.6A) that I recommend to everyone who teaches early childhood. It is a book about simple facts about turkeys.  I do not read it to my 3's at circle, I just introduce
it and we look at the pictures and I share some BASIC facts.  I also bring in pictures of REAL turkeys.   I try to help my children to realize on a simple level, that turkeys are animals and not the cartoon-looking creatures in many books.

Submitted by Donna
Every year I practice setting the table with the children by having them create their own placemats and table settings.  We use wallpaper books and rip out pages to make the placemat.  The children then glue the following things onto their placemat - paper plate, small cup, napkin, and plastic utensils.  We finish the activity by finding magazine pictures of food and cutting them out and glueing onto the plates.  The children love this activity and it involves lots of objectives - scissor use, vocabulary, social skills, etc.  We use tacky glue instead of elmers and it seems to work better.  Have fun!

Cranapple Cubes
Serve these tasty treats at your Thanksgiving Day feast.
1 16-oz. can cranberry sauce
1 c. chunky applesauce
1 c. plain yogurt

Pour the ingredients into a large bowl and mix them together with a mixer set on low speed for one minute. Pour the mixture into ice-cube trays. Cover the trays with foil; then push a Popsicle stick through the foil into each cup. Place the trays in a freezer overnight. Pop the cranapple cubes out of the trays and serve them.

Beaded Turkey
(improves fine-motor skills, reinforces color recognition, and teaches patterning) Trace a child's hand onto cardboard; then use an X-acto knife to cut out the shape. Have the child squeeze a generous amount of Plaid Tacky
Glue onto the fingers. Starting at the tops of the fingers and working toward the palm, the child presses on colorful beads to create a pattern. Then have him glue on a wiggle eye, a felt beak, and a felt wattle. Use a hot glue gun to attach a cardboard right triangle to the back of the turkey so that it is freestanding.

Thanksgiving Graphing
What better way to find out children's favorite Thanksgiving foods than by making a graph? Draw a grid on the chalkboard or on a large sheet of paper. Help the class think of three to five different foods that are usually eaten at Thanksgiving. After children decide their choices, place a picture of each food and write its name at the bottom of the grid. Have each child vote  for her favorite food and color in the appropriate square on the grid.
Discuss the results.

 In advance, mix brown paint with liquid soap in a shallow pan. To make a turkey, step one bare foot into the tray, then onto a 12" x 18" sheet of construction paper. Allow the paint to dry. With the toes facing down, draw or paint feathers around the foot. Then use markers to draw facial features on the footprint to resemble a turkey. Gobble, gobble!

Five Fat Turkeys
 Five Fat Turkeys are we
We sat all night in a tree
When the cook came around, we couldn't be found
And that's why we're here you see!

Turkey's Lament
A turkey sat on a backyard fence
And he sang this sad, sad tune:
"Thanksgiving Day is coming,
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
And I know I'll be eaten soon.
Gobble, Gobble Gobble, Gobble
And I know I'll be eaten soon.

Submitted by Karol
I work in the media center with K-2. We made a tree trunk on the wall and as each child traced or made their own colored leaf they hung in on the tree. Before they could hang it, they had to write on it something that they were thankful for.  It turned out to be a very successful project. Our tree went from the floor to the ceiling.

These are so cute, and a great way to teach patterning. Give each child an apple, toothpicks, fruitloops, mini coloured marshmallows,cheerios and a marachino cherry. One toothpick goes in the front, for the head, and the cherry is placed through the toothpick.(It should stay near the top). The children use five or more toothpicks in a semi-circle around the other side  of the apple to form the tail feathers. Children decorate the 'feathers' by placing fruitloops,cheerios and marshmallows through the toothpicks. I always tell the children to end with a marshmallow (in order to keep the cheerios and fruitloops on the toothpick.)Raisins could also be used.
This activity is also great for fine motor skills and most children are able to do this without any help.These apples can serve as table decorations, or as a fun snack!

Submitted by Kim
* 10 little turkeys sat in their pen
"Hide, turkeys, hide!" said the little red hen.
One little turkey flew far away
But the other ...(9) decided to stay!

9 little turkeys sat in their pen
"Hide, turkeys, hide!" said the little red hen.
One little turkey flew out of the gate,
And when he was gone, there were...(8).

8 little turkeys sat in their pen.
"Hide, turkeys, hide!" said the little red hen.
One little turkey flew far away
But the other ...(7) decided to stay.

7 little turkeys sat in their pen.
"Hide, turkeys, hide!" said the little red hen.
One little turkey hid with the chicks,
And when she was gone, there were...(6).

6 little turkeys sat in their pen.
"Hide, turkeys, hide!" said the little red hen.
One little turkey flew far away
But the other ...(5) decided to stay.

5 little turkeys sat in their pen.
"Hide, turkeys, hide!" said the little red hen.
One little turkey hopped out the door,
And when he was gone, there were (4).

4 little turkeys sat in their pen.
"Hide, turkeys, hide!" said the little red hen.
One little turkey flew far away
But the other ...(3) decided to stay.

3 little turkeys sat in their pen.
"Hide, turkeys, hide!" said the little red hen.
One little turkey flapped her wings and flew.
And when she was gone, there were ,,,(2).

2 little turkeys sat in their pen.
"Hide, turkeys, hide!" said the little red hen.
One little turkey flew far away.
But the last ...(1) decided to stay.

1 little turkey sat in his pen.
"Hide, turkey, hide!" said the little red hen.
The last little turkey flew off toward the sun
And when he was gone, there were ...(none).

Submitted by Kim
.1 piece Manila drawing paper
for each place mat
.1/2 sheet brown construction paper
.Pieces of red, yellow, orange, black
and dark green construction paper
for the tail feathers
.Paper stick glue
.Pencil & scissors
.Sheet of paper for pattern
.Sharpie pen
.Option: Enough clear contact paper
to cover the front and back of the
finished place mat.

Trace the main pattern piece (the turkey body) on the brown construction paper and cut out. Trace and cut 12 large feathers in varied colors. Trace and cut the waddle from red.

Place the turkey on the Manila sheet and lightly outline where he is and set the body aside. Take your colored feather shapes and with the Sharpie draw the detail lines on the feather. Glue the feathers in a fan beginning just inside the outline of the turkey from point A to point B. Place the turkey body on top of the feathers to cover all the ends. Glue the waddle across the turkey's beak. With the Sharpie pen draw the turkey's eye. You may also write your name on the Manila paper to personalize it.

(sung to the tune of “Are You Sleeping”)
Turkey dinner, turkey dinner,
Gather ’round. Gather ’round.
Who will get the drumstick,
Yummy, yummy drumstick?
Let’s sit down. Let’s sit down.
Cornbread muffin, chestnut stuffin’,
Pudding pie, one foot high!
All of us were thinner,
’Til we came to dinner,
Me-oh-my! Me-oh-my!

Submitted by Debbie
My co-worker created a Turkey Game that my 4 & 5 year olds have been having great fun with.  She created 4 game boards.  Each game board had a large turkey drawn on it.  The turkey was completely colored in EXCEPT
for its feathers.  She drew outlines of 10 feathers on each turkey. Then she placed a white "sticky" dot on each feather with a number from 1 to 10.  Then she cut out 40 colored turkey feathers.  Once again she numbered them from 1-to-10.  We laid out all the turkey feathers on the table (number side down) and played a "memory/number matching" game.
When you had found all your numbered feathers from 1- 10 your turkey was now a colorful feathered creature!

Submitted By Marilyn
Besides teaching 3's, I also teach a toddler's class.  Since they are very, very young they are just beginning to do some form of craft.  However, in our early childhood program, every child brings something home for Thanksgiving.
I decided to do something very, very simple.   I purchase aluminum pie tins.
Then I cut out round circles of orange paper and glued them to the inside, bottom of the pie tin.  (supposed to look like pumpkin).  Then I purchased nutmeg, cinammon, and all spice.  The children will brush diluted glue onto the orange paper in the pie tin and then sprinkle on the spices.  This is supposed to be a Pumpkin Pie!   If they were a little older I would give them mimi marshmellows to glue on also, however, I am afraid with this young age that they may choke.  I made up a little poem to attach to each pie:

Pumpkin Pie,
Pumpkin Pie,
What do you see?
I see a loving family,
Ready to take a bite out of me!!!!

Submitted by Marilyn
I purchased  soup beans.  You can find bags of them in your local supermarket.  I bought the plastic bag (20 oz) of Chili Bean Soup Mix.  This has a nice, colorful variety of all different dried beans.  I used a small plastic plastic cup (the kind that small lunch jello or puddings come in.)  I made a mixture of regular white glue and the beans.  Then I put the bean/glue mixture into the small cups and placed a small candle (I happened to find spice colored candles) in the center of the bean mixture.  I allowed it to dry for about 2 - 3 days.  then when totally dry, it popped right out of the plastic cup.  IT IS GORGEOUS!  It looks so festive with all the different
colored beans and it was so easy and economical to make.  I will have the children each make a pair (2 each) for their family's holiday table.  I think I will also make them to decorate my Thanksgiving table too.

First thanksgiving story
Submitted by Diane
Hi everyone, With Thanksgiving approaching, I will start the story of the First Thanksgiving tomorrow.  I made up puppets on tongue depressors...Native Americans (boys and girls), Pilgrims (boys and girls), The Mayflower, various foods, turkey, corn of the cob, potato, green beans.  I let the children pick what they would like to be that day and we tell the story of the landing of The Mayflower (we make believe and sail it across our carpet and pretend to land in America.  The pilgrims then make friends with the Native Americans and they teach them to plant the various foods  and finally share a feast with the turkey.  We do this everyday at circle time (takes about 5-7 minutes) and I tell the parents to keep me posted on the childrens version by the end of the month.  We do actually share a feast with another class right before our vacation for Thanksgiving.  One class comes as the pilgrims and the other as Native Americans.  We eat turkey breast, corn kernels, cornbread, cranberry.  For dessert, we share a Friendship Fruit Bowl which was looped last year and I loved it.  The kids each bring in a small can of fruit which they add to large bowl and mix it and then we share it with other class

Thanksgiving Song
Thank you Lord, for Jesus who lives.
Thank you, Lord, for life that he gives,
Thank you, Lord His life is in me.
Making me clean and from sin set free.

Thank you, Lord for home and for love.
All good things, which come from above.
Food and clothes, my friends and my toys,
Richly He gives all things for my joy.

The Pilgrims sailed across the sea
Because they wanted to be free
To worship God in their own way.
Their first year was good
So they thought they should
Have a first Thanksgiving Day.

Who Am I?
(Mary Had a Little Lamb)
See my feathers colored bright,
Colored bright, colored bright.
See my feathers colored bright
What a pretty sight.

See my tummy big and fat,
Big and fat, Big and fat,
See my tummy big and fat
What do you think of that?

See my head look all around,
Look all around, all around,
See my head look all around,
For corn up on the ground.

See; me as I strut and sway,
Strut and sway, strut and sway
See me as I strut and sway
This is what I say: Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

Turkey Dressing
Turkey Dressing, turkey dressing
Gather round, gather round,
Who will get the drumstick
Yummy, yummy drumstick
All sit down, all sit down
Cornbread muffin, chestnut stuffing
pudding pie one foot high
All of us were thinner
Till we came to dinner
Me oh my, Me oh my.

Thanksgiving Poem
The turkey is a funny bird.
His head goes bobble, bobble.
And all he knows is just one word
Gobble, gobble, gobble.

Plump Turkeys
(Did You Ever See a Lassie?)
See the turkeys proudly marching
Their bright feathers arching,
We're rulers of the barnyard,
Vain turkeys are we.
We strut oh, so proudly.
We gobble so loudly,
Oh, gobble, gobble, gobble
Plump turkeys are we.

Thanksgiving is Coming
(Are you Sleeping)
Roasted turkey, roasted turkey,
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie,
Thanksgiving is coming,
Thanksgiving is coming,
By and by, by and by.

Thanksgiving Song
(Jesus Loves Me)
Lord, we thank thee for this food,
Bless it to our bodies God.
Help us live Thy name to praise,
Serving thee, through all our days.

Yes, Lord, we thank Thee.
Yes, Lord, we thank Thee.
Yes, Lord, we thank Thee.
In Jesus name, Amen.

Bring Back My Turkey to Me
( My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
My turkey went walking on morning,
The November weather to see.
A  man with a hatchet approached her,
Oh, bring back my turkey to me.

Bring, back, bring back,
Oh, bring back my turkey to me, to me.
Bring back, bring back,
OH, bring back my turkey to me.

I went down the side walk a-shopping,
The sights in shop windows to see,
And everywhere hung great fat gobblers
Oh, bring back my turkey to me.

I went out to dinner and ordered
The best thing they had I could see,
They brought it all roasted and sizzling
They brought back my turkey to me.

Brought back, brought back
They brought back my turkey to me, etc.

Thanksgiving is a Wonderful Thing
(My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
My uncle is eating the drumstick,
My auntie is chewing the wing,
My cousin in nibbling the stuffing,
Thanksgiving is a wonderful thing.

Bring back, bring back
Please bring anything left to bring
Bring back, bring back
Thanksgiving is a wonderful thing.

My daddy loves candied potatoes,
My mother, the cranberry ring,
My brother is covered with gravy,
Thanksgiving's a wonderful thing.

The Pilgrims Came
(Yankee Doodle)
The pilgrims came across the sea,
And never thought of you and me
And yet, it's very strange the way
We think of them on Thanksgiving Day.

We tell their story old and true,
Of how they sailed across the blue.
And found a new land to be free,
And built their homes quite near the sea.

Every child knows well the tale
Of how they bravely turned the sail,
And journeyed many a day and night
To worship God as they thought right.

The people think that they were sad
And grave; I'm sure that they were glad
They made Thanksgiving-: that's fun-
We thank the Pilgrims, everyone.

Dinner Bells
(Jingle Bells)
Dashing through our food,
With a knife and fork so fast,
Corn and peas to go,
While through the throat they pass,
Into the tummy they plop,
Making growling stop,
So, oh what fun it is to eat
And eat until we drop!

Oh, dinner bells, shot gun shells.
Turkey got away
What are we supposed to do
On our Thanksgiving Day?

Ten Little Indians
One little, two little, three little Indians,
Four little, five little, six little Indians,
Seven little eight little, nine little Indians,
All came out to play with-

On little, two little three little pilgrims,
Four little, five little six little pilgrims,
Seven little eight little, nine little pilgrims,
On Thanksgiving day.

Playing hide and seek by the crooked creek,
Beating rum, tum, tum, on an Indian drum,
Riding two by two, in a birch canoe,
Racing far and near, running with the deer,
What a way to play on Thanksgiving day.

A turkey is a funny bird
His head goes bobble, bobble
And all he knows is just one word
Gobble, gobble, gobble,
gobble, gobble gobble.

Hide Mr. Turkey
Hide Mr. Turkey
Hide  right now
Thanksgiving Day is coming.
Hide Mr. Turkey
Hide right now
Thanksgiving day is here.

Fat Turkey
He's a big fat turkey on Grandpa's farm
Who thinks he's very gay.
He spreads his tail into a great big fan
And struts around all day.

You should hear him gobble at the girls and boys,
He thinks he is singing when he makes that noise.
He'll sing his song a different way
Upon Thanksgiving Day.

A Thanksgiving Prayer
Dear God we give thanks to Thee
This Thanksgiving Day.
With bowed heads and grateful hearts,
Softly do we pray.

I meet a turkey gobbler
I met a turkey gobbler,
When I went out to play.
"Mr. Turkey Gobbler ,
How Are you today?"
"Gobble, gobble, gobble,
That I cannot say,
Don't ask me such a question
On Thanksgiving Day!"

Mr. Turkey and Mr. Duck
My Turkey took a walk one day
In the very best of weather
He met Mr. Duck on the way
And they both talked together.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Quack, quack, quack
Good-by, good-by
And they both walked back.

My Turkey
I have a turkey
Big and fat;
He spreads his tail
And walks like that.
His daily corn
He would not miss;
When he talks,
It sounds like this.
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble.

Mr. Tom Turkey
Mr. Tom Turkey is strutting about.
His colorful tail is all fanned out.
Gobble, gobble, gobble is all he can say,
Because he'll be eaten on Thanksgiving Day.

Gobble, gobble, gobble
A turkey sat on a backyard fence,
And he sang this sad, sad, tune.
Thanksgiving Day is coming
Gobble, gobble, gobble,
And I know I'll be eaten soon.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble
I would like to run away.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble
I don't like Thanksgiving Day.

(sung to "Have You Ever Seen A Lassie)
I'm glad I'm not a turkey,
a turkey,
a turkey.
I'm glad I'm not a turkey
on Thanksgiving Day.

They'll cook you
and baste you.
And then they'll all taste you.

Oh I'm glad I'm not a turkey
On Thanksgiving Day!

Ubmitted by AJ
I love this one - it's a chant
A turkey named Bert thought he'd make up a dance
And he'd dance it for the king and queen
And if he did a good job, and they liked it a lot
They wouldn't eat him, because that would be mean.

He went slide together, slide together (slide to the right)
Shake your tail and wiggle your nose
He went slide together, slide together (slide to the left)
Shake your tail and wiggle your nose

Dance, dance, Bert deserves a chance
Dance, dance, Bert deserves a chance

Submitted by Sue
Five little turkeys by the barn door,
One waddled away, then there were four.

Four little turkeys out under the tree,
One waddled away, then there were three.

Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled away, then there were two.

Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,
One waddled away, then there were one.

One little turkey -- better run away!
Soon will come Thanksgiving Day.

Cut out 5 turkey shapes form brown felt and place on the felt board.  Remove one shape at a time to correspond to the story.

Submitted by Christa
Need: brown Lunch bags, paper, crayons and markers, ribbon

Directions: To make the cornucopia you will need a brown lunch bag.  Fold the open edges inside about an inch.  Crush the bottom into a small, soft point  Then bend the bottom into a cornucopia shape.  Have children draw pictures of fruits and vegetables on paper.  Cut out pictures and glue each one about 1 inch apart on a long piece of yarn or ribbon.  Glue one end of
the yarn to the inside of the cornucopia.  Suspend the cornucopia by another piece of yarn taped to the top.

Submitted by Sandi
supplies 9" white paper plate
2"squarees in red ,yellow, and brown
crayons or markers

Children will add eyes nose and a waddle to the plate as the turkies face.
Next they will glue 2"squares around the back rim of the plate for the tail feathers.

Submitted by Sandy
(tune:Turkey in the Straw)
Oh, you turkey to the left (two steps to the left)
And you turkey to the right (two steps to the right)
Then you heel and toe (do motions with foot)
And you scratch with all your might. (scratch floor with foot)
Now you flap your turkey wings (put thumbs in armpit and flap)
While your head goes bobble, bobble. (wobble head)
Turn around and then you say, (turn around)
"Gobble, gobble, gobble!."

Oh, my mommy's in the kitchen
and she's busy as a bee
for Thanksgiving Day is coming
and she needs some help from me.

I've been mixing things
and stirring things
and sprinkling them with spice
Now the turkey's in the oven
and the smell is mmmmmmmmmmmm
so nice

The only thing that I'd like now
is to be as big as you
So I could eat what's on my plate
and ten more helpings too.

Pilgrim Dress-Up
This activity helps students visualize how they might have looked in Pilgrim clothing. Using desired illustrations, enlarge and trace the clothing worn by Pilgrim girls and boys onto bulletin board paper. Decorate the clothing as desired and then attach one outfit at a time to a full-length mirror at the appropriate height. In turn, have students position themselves in front of the mirror to view their Pilgrim attire.

Submitted by Eilleen
I know the books that Carol is speaking of.  They are called Sarah Morton's Day and Samuel Eaton's Day, both by Kate Waters (author), Russ Kendall and Russell Waters (photographers).  There are also others by this same team.  Anyway, they are written from the child's perspective.  The illustrations are actual photographs from Plimouth Plantation (I believe that is how it is spelled in the book) in Plimouth, MA.  They are excellent books to show children what things were like in the times of the Pilgrims.  Sometimes, I skip over a lot of the words (or paraphrase) since it can be above a K's head, but the ideas are great and so are the photographs.  Here is a link for the page in that describes Sarah.....and gives links to the other books the team wrote.

Turkey Flannel Board Story
Submitted by Jan
Turkey walking on a farm before Thanksgiving Day
Met a (whatever farm animal you choose) Horse who said to him, "You'd better run away."
Horse (or other animal) said , "Nehhhh, You'd better run away."
Turkey said, "Gobble, gobble, I think that I will stay."
(go through as many animals as children choose and then last verse:)
Turkey walking on a farm before Thanksgiving Day
Met a farmer who said to him "I think that you should stay"  Farmer said "I think that you should stay."  Turkey said,  " I'd better run away."
 Chant the tune or make up your own - it has a nice rythym.

Submitted by Marilyn
This is something that I do each year with my class of 3's - they seem to enjoy it and we do it at circle time.
I trace each child's hand on brown paper.  Then cut them out.  Each child then glues different colored feathers onto the traced hand.  When dry, I attach it to a popsickle stick.  At circle time we sing this little song to the tune: The Farmer In The Dell
"The turkeys are here,
the turkeys are there,
the turkeys, the turkeys,
the turkeys everywhere!
The turkeys are up, (raise turkey)
the turkeys are down (lower turkey)
the turkeys, the turkeys
the turkeys all around (move in circular motion)
The turkeys are in  (pull inward towards chest)
the turkeys are out  (push outward from chest)
The turkeys, the turkeys
the turkeys are all about!!!!!

Thanksgiving Bulletin Board
Submitted by Carol
We, also, have our 4's cut out feather shapes.  Three for each child. Each a different color, approximately 12" tall.  As the children are cutting their feathers, we ask them what they are thankful for and print  their answers on the tips of the feathers.  These feathers are then used to grace the tail end of a VERY LARGE turkey cutout on our bulletin board, entitled WE ARE THANKFUL.
Our parents always love to find out  what their little ones rejoice over!

Submitted by Diane
Hi everyone, During the month of November I concentrate on "family" and why we are thankful.  I did a cute card for the parents which I think I found in Mailbox a few years ago.  First I cut out a tree in brown made from their two hands together with an arm as the trunk.   This tree is the full size of an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.  Fold in in half to fit into the card made from any color piece of the same size paper folded across the width of the paper.  I then took a small picture of each of the children and glued it into the center part of the trunk avoiding the fold of the paper.  I then cut out leaves on which we wrote the names of the child's family, Mom, Dad, brother,sister, etc and we glued them on the tree.  I did this one on one and we talked about how special each member of the family was to them.  On the front of the card I had a poem which reads:
"I have a special place in my own family.
I need my family and my family needs me.
Open up this card with my family tree
To find the important person I can me!"

Turkey Song
Submitted by Amanda
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
There's a turkey tom and a turkey mom singing
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble all day
As the sun comes up and the moon goes down
singing Gobble, Gobble, Gobble all day
Arm in arm, on the farm
as they strut their merry way
A turkey tom and a turkey mom singing
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble all day.
I do not know for sure where this originated.  I was
taught this song last year by a friend.


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