Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Fun: Fingerplays, Songs, Stories and More!

Next Thursday brings my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! Tomorrow, at the New Bedford Whaling Historical Park we will be celebrating this special day, and of course turkeys!

Here are some fingerplays and songs I will be using during the program. They are not my original pieces but found on many websites over the Internet without attribution. Please feel free to use them in your work. I hope they add something festive to your holiday.


Five Little Turkeys

Five little turkeys by the barn door (hold up open hand)
I saw some corn and then there were four. (fold down one finger)
Four little turkeys flew up a tree (
fly fingers into the air)I fell down and then there were three. (one finger falls to the ground)
Three little turkeys gobbled as they do
A dog chased one and then there were two. (left hand chase one finger on right hand)
Two little turkeys strutting in the sun.

The wind came along and then there was one. (make wind movements with left hand)

One little turkey began to run (one finger runs)
For he saw the farmer and now there are none. (
left hand grabs right hand)
Turkey Dinner Up and down, round and round

(make circles in the air)
The turkey ran across the ground. (wave hands across the floor)
Over, under, in between (hold hands up, down, and between the legs)
Now the turkey can't be seen.
The farmer looks in front (look in front, holding hand above the eyes)
The farmer looks behind, (look behind, holding hand above the eyes)
Still the turkey can't be found.
There's the turkey(point across the room)
Running right (move hands right)
Running left (move hands left)
Over the hill and out of sight (move hands up and down)
No turkey for dinner tonight!


My Turkey
I have a turkey, big and fat. (arms out in a circle in front of you)

He spreads his wings (spread arms out to your side)
And walks like that. (wobble right and left)
His daily corn he would not miss (shake finger "no")
And when he talks he sounds like this
Gobble, gobble, gobble. (everyone "gobbles")
I'm a Little Turkey (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)I'm a little turkey My name is Ted.
Here are my feathers, here is my head.
Gobble,gobble,gobble Is what I say
Quick run… It's thanksgiving Day!


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 and a wobble, wobble, wobble,
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)

Turkey on the Farm – (Sung to The Wheels on the Bus)The turkey on the farm says, "Gobble, gobble, gobble.
Gobble, gobble, gobble. Gobble, gobble, gobble."
The turkey on the farm says, "Gobble, gobble, gobble."
Thanksgiving Day is near.

Thank You Song (Sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Thank you for the sun so bright

Thank you for the moon at night
Thank you for my family
Thanks for friends who play with me
Thanks for everything I see I am thankful, yes sirree!


A Season of Gratitude - A blog post from 2010 filled with facts, stories, curriculum connections and more. 

Karen Chace 2012 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.


Maggid said...

OH how i enjoy visits with you - via your blog. OH how you have encouraged me, helped me along the way . . . OH How Thankful i am for YOU!!!
Blessings, now and always,

Karen Chace said...

As always, you bring a smile to my day! Thank you for your lovely words. Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving.


storyspace said...

Thank you once again. Yes I will use them and I just teated your blog post and I will pin it in pinterst.

Karen Chace said...

Thank you Andrea; you are appreciated!