Saturday, November 20, 2010


Book Suggestions:
The Turkey Ball by David Steinberg
Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon
A Turkey For Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
Over the River: A Turkeys' Tale illustrated by Derek Anderson
A Plump and Perkey Turkey by Teresa Bateman
All About Turkeys by Jim Arnosky
Turkey Surprise by Peggy Archer
Five Little Turkeys by William Boniface


Turkey Hand Prints:
Materials: Paper, Paint, Markers, Crayons
Description: Before beginning this activity talk about turkeys with your child. (Turkeys have two legs, a beak, feathers, their color etc) Ask your child to tell you where their hand is and explain that we are going to create turkeys using their hands. Let your child choose a color (maybe the color of a turkey). Dip their hand in the paint and stamp it on the paper. You or your child can add eyes, a beak, a gobbler, legs etc. to their hand print to make a turkey. You could even use googly eyes for your turkey. Your toddler can make a whole flock of turkeys!
If you would rather, you can also do this activity by tracing your child's hand. They can color in their hand print and add features to make their turkey.
You can also use their turkey hand prints to create a cute Thanksgiving card to send to family and friends. See the Teach Your Tot Blog for an example of this.

Feather Sorting:
Materials: Feather of different colors
Description: Talk with your child about turkeys. Explain to them that turkeys are birds and that birds have feathers. Let your child feel a feather and talk about how feathers look and feel. Give your toddler an assortment of different color feathers and let them sort the feathers by color. (You can have them put each color into seperate shoe boxes, on seperate paper plates etc.)

Leaf Turkeys:
Materials: Paper, leaves, glue, markers
Description: Before beginning this activity, draw a turkey shape onto a piece of construction paper (do not draw the feathers). Go on a leaf hunt with your child. Gather leaves and talk about their colors and how they feel as you pick them off of the ground. Use the leaves, and glue them on the turkey drawing to create feathers.

Pin the tail on the Turkey:
Materials: A large drawing of a turkey (you can create this by drawing or printing a picture of a turkey onto a piece of paper. Your child can help by coloring the turkey), tape, feathers (or feather shapes cut from construction paper)
Description: Hang the drawing of the turkey on the wall with the tape (or any other way that you would like). Put a piece of tape on each feather (or feather shape cut from construction paper) and let your child have fun pinning the feathers on the turkey. (you can blindfold your child if you would like)

Paper Plate Turkey:
Materials: paper plate, crayons or makers, feathers (or feather shapes cut from construction paper), red and yellow construction paper
Description: You and your child can talk about turkeys and their different features (eyes, beak, wattle, feathers etc). Create a turkey by first coloring a paper plate brown. Your child can draw eyes (or glue googly eyes to the plate). Cut out a triangle for the beak and an L shape for the wattle. Glue these parts on. Glue feathers along the top of the paper plate for feathers.

Strut Like A Turkey:
Motor Development
Description: Explain to your toddler that turkeys strut. Show them how tostrut. Let your child have fun strutting around the house!

Stuffed Turkeys:
Materials: a large brown paper bag, a medium brown paper bag, brown paint, newspaper, construction paper, markers, feathers (optional)
Description: Stuff the large paper bag with newspaper (this will be the turkey's body), twist the open end closed and secure with tape. Repeat this for the medium brown bag (this will be the turkey's head). Tape both bags together. Have your toddler paint the turkey. When the paint dries glue on eyes, a beak, and a gobbler. (you can cut these shapes out from construction paper or draw them with markers.) Glue construction paper feathers (or real feathers) to the body.

Songs and Fingerplays:

10 Little Turkeys:

1 little, 2 little, 3 little turkeys
4 little, 5 little, 6 little turkeys
7 little, 8 little, 9 little turkeys
10 little turkeys

Turkeys on the Farm:
(sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")

The turkeys on the farm
Say "Gobble, gobble, gobble,"
"Gobble, gobble, gobble,"
"Gobble, gobble, gobble."
The turkeys on the farm say
"Gobble, gobble, gobble,"
On Thanksgiving Day.

Gobble Gobble:
(sung to the tune of "If you're happy and you Know It"

Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
Says the turkey.
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
Says the turkey.
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
As his feet go woddle, woddle,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
Says the turkey.

5 Little Turkeys:

How many turkeys do you see?
I see 5 turkeys looking at me.
The first little turkey had feathers of brown.
The second little turkey made a gobble gobble sound.
The third little turkey was red, orange, and yellow.
The fourth little turkey was a kind little fellow.
The fifth little turkey said he was a bird.
A bird that cannot fly...why isn't that absurd?


Turkey Pockets:
(This recipe comes from

Left over turkey
American Cheese
Cresent Rolls
Place one cresent roll down on a baking sheet. Top with several pieces of leftover turkey and 1/2 piece of American cheese. Place another cresent roll on top and press down all sides with a fork to make a pocket. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown

Turkey Cupcakes:
(This recipe comes from

Vanilla cake mix
chocolate icing
vanille icing
candy corns
miniature peanut butter cups
Make cupcakes according the the packaging directions. Place one mini peanut butter cup on top of each cupcake. Icing cupcakes and mini peanut butter cup with chocolate frosting. With vanilla frosting, make an eye on top of the peanut butter cup. Add a candy corn for a beak and feathers. See this adorable turkey cupcake here.

Fun Turkey Sandwiches:

Make a fun turkey sandwich for your toddler. Let them help you add mayo, mustard, turkey, and cheese. Cut the sandwich into shapes using cookie cutters.

Online Fun:
Visit for printable Turkey coloring pages.

FYI for adults!
Here are some great turkey facts that you might enjoy!

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