Teaching Topics - Thanksgiving

Rhyme - Turkey Day


Turkey, turkey in the pen,
It’s Thanksgiving time again.
Still you strut around with pride
When you should take off and hide.
Nice big bird we have a date.
I will see you on my plate.


On that day we’ll give you praise,
Talk about your better days,
When you scared us with a gobble.
Giggling at your silly wobble.
Then we pass around white meat,
Thank you for the special treat.


Then a piece of pumpkin pie,
With the whip cream extra high.
I dream of this throughout the year
Now Thanksgiving’s almost here
Turkey, turkey, I must say,
“You’re the one who makes that day!”  


Turkey Day Activities: Craft - Clip-on Turkeys


Here's a fun and easy Thanksgiving craft project for the kids you can do...Clip-on turkeys. You can clip them onto curtains, or whatever! This project is rated as EASY to do.


What You Need

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Yellow pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Wiggle eyes


How To Make It

  1. Make a turkey tail by tracing a child's hand, four fingers, no thumb (any color paper - we made all different colors).
  2. Then design a body shape to glue over top of this.
  3. Glue wiggle eyes, a wattle; attach colorful feathers on top of the 'fingers' on turkeys' backs; legs out of yellow pipe cleaners (tape those on the back, glue won't hold them on).
  4. When finished, glue a wooden clothespin crosswise on the back.


Turkey Day Activities: Craft - Colorful Turkey Decoration


This is a very colorful turkey you can use to decorate your Thanksgiving table. Teacher/Parental supervision is recommended. This project is rated EASY to do.


What You Need

  • 2 Toilet paper tubes
  • Brown construction paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tempera paints or watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Stapler


How To Make It

  1. Trace around the child's hand on one piece of white construction paper. Note: You may wish to trace larger around the child's hand to make the turkey feathers bigger and also make it easier for the child to cut out.
  2. Cut out the pattern.
  3. Paint the hand pattern with different colors of paints.
  4. Let the paint dry.
  5. Cut one of the toilet paper tubes in half. (You will only need 1 piece)
  6. Cut out brown construction paper to fit around the two toilet paper tubes and staple it on to the tubes.
  7. Staple the two tubes together, the shorter on top of the longer one.
  8. Cut out a beak and feet out of the yellow construction paper, a gobbler out of red construction paper, and eyes out of white and black construction paper.
  9. Attach the eyes, beak, feet, and gobbler to the tubes with glue. (See photo)
  10. Staple the feathers to the back of the tubes when the feathers are dry.




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