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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Crafts & Activities
Songs, Finger Plays & Nursery Rhymes

Also See:  Autumn Theme

Crafts & Activities

Hand print Turkey
Paint the palm of the child's hand and thumb brown. Then paint each finger a different color. Make the print.  Add a "little red gobbler" to the bottom of the thumb print. When dry add feet to hand print. 

Apple Turkeys - Centerpieces
Using an apple, poke 5 toothpicks (like a fan) into one side, and add a gumdrop to each toothpick.  Bend a thick brown pipe cleaner for the head and add googly eyes! 

Indian Corn Napkin Rings 
Toilet tissue rolls cut into ring
Indian Corn Kernels

Brush glue all over the rings. Roll in Indian corn. Let dry. 

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey
Take a toilet paper tube and cover it with brown construction paper. Trace child's (both) hands on white paper and let child color feathers. Cut out hands. Cut thumb off.  Glue hands to back of tube. Cut out peanut shape for head and glue to the front of tube. Use a red piece of felt to droop down from top of his head. Add googly eyes. 

Colorful Corn on the Cob
Give each child a piece of cardstock cut into the shape of a corn on the cob. Let them glue on colored popped corn all over the corn cob shape. Add crepe paper to one end for husks.

Turkey Stick Puppets
Help each child trace around their hand on a piece of heavy white cardboard or card stock. Each child can decorate their "fingers" with markers or crayons to resemble feathers. Add a face to their "thumb". Attach a red "wobbler" to the thumb, cut from felt or fun foam. Glue to a popsicle stick to complete the puppet!

Fingerprint Turkeys
brown washable paint

Take a small amount of paint and brush a small amount on your fingertip and press down on the paper. You can do this several times and then let dry.  With markers, add features like the eyes, beak, feathers and feet to make little turkeys! 

Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes

The Turkey (poem) 
The turkey is a funny bird
His head goes wobble, wobble, 
   (move head from side to side) 
The only word that he can say 
Is gobble, gobble, gobble. 
   (children walk with a wiggle and repeat the last line) 

Five Little Turkeys 
Five little turkeys standing by door,
One waddled off, and then there were four.
Four little turkeys under a tree,
One waddled off , and then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the noon day sun,
One waddled off, and then there was one.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving day.

Mr. Turkey Song
I heard Mr. Turkey say,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
Soon t'will be Thanksgiving day,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
People say that it's much fun,
But I think I'll run and run
And hide until the day is done,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,


Cornucopia Treat
This recipe idea was submitted by:
Toni White, Dalton Whetstone Boy's & Girl's Club
Little Rock, Arkansas

1 large sugar waffle ice cream cone
trail mix  with M & M's chocolate added and honey roasted peanuts

Fill cone with trail mix and wrap with saran wrap (colored kind) tie end with bow.

Thanks, Toni - Sure to be a favorite with the kids!

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