Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Preschool Thanksgiving Songs & Fingerplays

*Image via Henny Penny*

I Have a Turkey
(Spoken in a singsongy voice)

"I have a turkey, big and fat."
(Make a fist with one hand, with your thumb out for the turkey’s head.)

"He spreads his tail and walks like that."
(Attach “tail” by spreading out fingers of other hand and join together.)

"His daily corn he would not miss."
(Poke with thumb at floor, while making yummy sounds.)

"And when he talks, it sounds like this: Gobble Gobble Gobble..."

The Turkey Pokey
(Sing to: The Hokey Pokey, with movement actions)

"You put your right wing in
you put your right wing out
You put your right wing in
And you shake it all about.
You do the turkey pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about."

Switch in actions with:
"...Left wing"
"...Beak" (head)
"...Tail feathers" (bottom)
"...Turkey body" (whole self)

If You’re Thankful and you Know It
(Sing to: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

"If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands."

Then switch in with other actions:
"... stomp your feet."
"... shout “I am!”
"... do all three."


Amber Blue Bird said...

i'm sure the kids at our dinner are going to really get a kick out of the turkey song.

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Carrie said...

How fun!! We are definitely going to have to sing some of these at my house. Thank you for sharing at Crafty Moms Share this week. I look forward to seeing what you share next week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Michelle said...

These are really good songs. I love the rhyme and action! I'm sharing this post in a few places today. I don't teach in the classroom anymore and my kids might be too old for this, but I hope some teachers and parents find this to have a little fun before Thanksgiving is here and gone.