Turkey Day


No turkey’s were harmed during the making of this storytime: This week’s storytime turned out to be mostly about turkeys (rather than Thanksgiving.)  I couldn’t bear to read books about hunting or eating turkeys – so here you have a “vegetarian Thanksgiving” storytime.  I particularly like the end of the book Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale, when the turkey family sits down to eat a bountiful Thanksgiving meal of fruits and veggies (and dog biscuits, for the hunting dog whom they befriended.)

OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together


  • Apple Tree
    Way up high in the apple tree (reach arms up high)
    Two little apples smiled at me (make two fists)
    So I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake fists)
    And DOWN came the apples. Mmmm they were good (bring fists to ground, rub tummy)

ACTION SONG: Hello Mr. Turkey
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It*)
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)
With a gobble, gobble, gobble (hand under chin, wiggle fingers)
And a wobble, wobble, wobble (shake body)
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)

BOOK1: 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

Pattern for this flannel board can be found in Judy Sierra’s Flannel Board Storytelling Book. All you need is a turkey, a duck, and a hill.  Before starting this rhyme have children practice tilting heads from side to side whenever you say “gobble, gobble, gobble” and flapping their arms with “quack, quack, quack.”

Old Tom Turkey lived on a hill.
Gobble, gobble, gobble (tilt head from side to side)
If he’s not gone, he lives there still,
Gobble, gobble, gobble.
A duck came by and said hello,
Quack, quack, quack (flap arms)
Gobble, gobble, gobble. (tilt head)
Goodbye now friend, it’s time to go.
Quack, quack, quack (flap arms)
Gobble, gobble, gobble. (tilt head)

ACTION SONG/CD:  Turkey in the Straw by Phil Rosenthal

I had children and parents partner-up for this active song.  Call out instructions during the song.
1st verse: Clap hands
Chorus: Hold hands with partner and turn in circle
2nd verse: Clap hands
Chorus: Motion like milking a cow
3rd verse: Clap hands
Chorus: Bend up and down
4th verse: Clap
Chorus: Hold hands and turn in circle

BOOK 2: Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson
A new take on the classic song “Over the River and Through the Woods.”  In this book we meet a turkey family who encounters some trouble on the way to Grandmother’s house.   The entertaining pictures tell the story in this one.  For storytime, I pre-read this by telling the story through the pictures.  Then we go back through and sing “Over the River” along with the book.

CLOSING SONG: We Wave Goodbye Like This

CRAFT: Why turkey’s, of course!  Here is my Turkey Pattern and printable Happy Thanksgiving words.  I used die-cut leaves, but they can also be cut out by hand.

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