Gathering: Turkey Hats
We found these super cute turkey hats on Family Fun's website. We made a couple of modifications to better meet the needs of our group. We used their template to cut out all the pieces, but we stapled in some places that they glued.
Materials Needed: Construction Paper, cereal box rectangles, paper grocery bag, Googly Eyes, Stapler, Glue Sticks
1-Cut out the pieces for the turkey hat BEFORE class, using the pattern found on the Family Fun Website.
2-Measure your child's head and use the stapler to make a headband with the grocery bag strips.
3-Glue the feathers on the back of the hat. Glue the wings, one on each side.
4-Glue the beak, eyes, and waddle onto the circle face.
5-STAPLE the cardboard neck onto the hat and then staple the face to the neck so that it is 3-dimensional.
6-Wear your hat and do a NOODLE DANCE!
Circle Time: Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
"Wibble Wobble, Gibble, Gobble. Do a Noodle Dance! Ten Silly Turkeys sitting on a fence!"
We read Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston. This is a new book to me. It is a VERY silly book with funny rhymes, bold and goofy pictures. The kids giggled as each turkey fell off the fence, one at a time, trying to do something really crazy (like roller skate or swan dive). The length is perfect for our twos and young threes. There is no moral lesson, no deep meaning, and I don't think it is going to win any awards. But the pictures tell the fun story and it made our kids (and adults) laugh, and that in and of itself holds merit for me.
We sang turkey songs during circle time, of course!
Hello Mr. Turkey (If you are happy and you know it)
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you, how are you? (clap twice)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you, how are you? (clap twice)
With a gobble, gobble, gobble and a wobble, wobble, wobble (clap twice)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you how are you?
But soon it will be Thanksgiving Day. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.
Folks all say that means great fun, but I think I'll run, run, run.
And hide until the day is done. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.
Turkey Hunt Flannel Board Activity
I have had this poem since I student taught 16 years ago. I wish I knew who to give credit for.
I printed turkey pictures off on the colors of construction paper mentioned in the hunt. After I said each verse, a child came and chose that color and place it on the board. (My board is getting pretty matted, I think I need a new one for Christmas). When the moms were packing up to go home, the kids came back to this activity again.
I'm going on a turkey hunt, just for fun.
Don't need a bow and arrow, don't need a gun.
I'm going on a turkey hunt, so up and out of bed.
I'm looking for a turkey with his feathers painted RED!
I'm going on a turkey hunt. You can come too.
Let's look for the turkey with its feathers painted BLUE!
I'm going on a turkey hunt. It might take all day.
I need to find a turkey with its feathers painted GRAY!
I'm going on a turkey hunt, my eyes are so keen.
I'm sure to spot a turkey with its feathers painted GREEN!
I'm going on a turkey hunt. Id' better not wink,
Or I might miss the turkey with its feathers painted PINK!
I'm going on a turkey hunt, that bird's a funny fellow.
Especially the one with its feathers painted YELLOW!
I'm going on a turkey hunt. I think I see a track.
It must be the turkey with its feathers painted BLACK!
I'm going on a turkey hunt. I'll look all around,
Until I find that turkey with its feathers painted BROWN!
I'm going on a turkey hunt. I'll look all night.
Until I find that turkey with its feathers painted WHITE!
I'm going on a turkey hunt, I've spotted a turtle.
I must keep looking until I find a turkey painted PURPLE!
I'm going on a turkey hunt. It hasn't been boring.
I'm hunting for the last turkey with his feathers painted ORANGE!
Well, I went on a turkey hunt, just for fun ,
And I found those turkeys ~ each and every one!
Art: Handprint Bean Turkey
I fell in LOVE with this adorable turkey I saw on The Idea Room. I was so excited to have our kids do this one! Hers were beautiful. But alas, sometimes we do crafts, and they don't turn out the way I thought. Not that I don't think our children's art work is beautiful, but this time it didn't turn out quite the way I pictured it would. I think our problem was, we chose to trace the KID's hands for our turkeys. They were just a little too small to actually tell they were turkeys after we added all the pretty beans and corn. Or maybe the kids added too much? Not sure. But I think the key would have been to use MOMMY's hand and then let the kids create the collages.
Materials Needed: Paper plates, pencils, glue, a variety of beans, lentils, and dried corn. Spiral noodles for the waddle. (you don't need the staplers, they were just still there from the turkey hats).
1-Trace a hand (probably a mom hand) onto your paper plate.
2-Apply glue just on the inside of the handprint.
3-Create a collage using the beans, lentils, and corn.
4-Add a turkey noodle waddle. (Then do a NOODLE DANCE)!
Snack: Turkey Gobbler Fruit Kabobs
Activities: Turkey Pokey and Turkey Hop
Turkey Pokey (to the tune of Hokey Pokey) Let the children pretend to be turkeys. Have them stand in a circle, and sing: You put your right wing in, You put your right wing out, You put your right in And you shake it all about. You do the Turkey pokey and you turn yourself around. That's what its all about! Gobble Gobble! (Continue with left wing, Your tail feathers, drumsticks, beaks and of course at the end you put your whole turkey in)!
Turkey Hop (The song and instructions are found at macaroni soup).