Thanksgiving-Toddlers

12-19-19 I’ve been cleaning up my desk and assorted projects that I have started and realized that I never posted my Thanksgiving storytime plans at Thanksgiving. Better a month late than never.

Books

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson
Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

Flannel Boards

Rhymes & Fingerplays

Mr. Turkey Takes A Walk
Start with hands behind back
Mr. Turkey went out one day one hand is turkey, and comes out to front
In bright sunshiny weather
He met Mr. Duck along the way other hand is duck, and comes out
They stopped to talk together
Gobble, gobble, gobble, quack, quack, quack
Gobble, gobble, gobble, quack, quack, quack
And then they both went back hands go back behind back
Quack!

The Turkey
The turkey is a funny bird. Hook thumbs together and spread fingers to create turkey tail.
Its head goes wobble, wobble. Wobble head back and forth.
And all it knows is just one word: Hold up one finger.
“Gobble, gobble, gobble.” Make mouth shape with hand, opening and closing it while sounding like a turkey.

Puppet

Music

Turkey Hop by Carole Stephens
Do the turkey hop – hop, hop, hop
Do the turkey run – run, run, run
Do the turkey gobble – gobble, gobble, gobble
It is lots of fun – gobble, gobble, gobble
Now flap your wings – flap, flap, flap
Like the turkeys do – flap, flap, flap
Then hide from the farmer (hide eyes)
Before he catches you! (run!)
Turkey In the Straw by Phil Rosenthal

Albuquerque Turkey

Several years ago I found a Turkey song about a turkey named Albuquerque. It is sung to the the tune of Clementine. There are several variations floating around the internet. Around the same time I picked up a turkey puppet from Folkmanis that is absolutely adorable. I decided that they were meant to go together. Unfortunately it seems like Folkmanis no longer stocks it.

Tune: My Darling Clementine

Albuquerque he’s my turkey
Oh, he’s feathered and he’s fine.
He wobbles and he gobbles,
And I’m awfully glad he’s mine.

He’s the best pet you could ever get.
Better than a dog or cat.
Albuquerque he’s my turkey
And I’m awfully glad of that.

Albuquerque he’s my turkey
He’s so cozy in his bed.
Because for Thanksgiving dinner
We had scrambled eggs instead.

Did You Ever See A Turkey?

I picked up this rhyme from Sunflower Storytime. I liked that we can be silly with different feather patterns and not just the colors. It worked out that in my rather large pile of felt I had sheets with patterns on it that matched the rhyme so I could cut this out rather quickly. It is sung to the tune of “Did You Ever See A Lassie?”

Tune: Did You Ever See A Lassie

Did you ever see a turkey, a turkey, a turkey,
Did you ever see a turkey, with feathers so bright?
With red ones and orange ones and yellow ones and brown ones,
Did you ever see a turkey with feathers so bright?

Did you ever wee a turkey, a turkey, a turkey,
Did you ever see a turkey, with feathers so bright?
With spotted ones and striped ones and zebra ones and cow ones,
Did you ever see a turkey with feathers so bright?