This week we had another great group of Wiggleworms! First we sang our Opening Song, and of course we said hi to the TURKEYS! Gobble Gobble!
BOOK: I’m a Turkey by Jim Arnosky
This is a great rhyming book full of fun facts about turkeys – many of which were new to me! Simple with colorful, large, fun pictures. Kids loved it and were as amazed as I was about some of these turkey facts!
SONG: “Turkey Trot”
(To the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”)
You put your right wing in (right elbow)
You put your right wing out,
You put your right wing in,
And you shake it all about,
You do the Turkey Trot,
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!
You put your left wing in (left elbow)….
You put your drumstick in (leg)…
You put your stuffing in (stomach)…
You put your wattle in (head)…
You put your tail feathers in (backside)
Your put your turkey body in…
BOOK: This is the Turkey by Abby Levine
This story shows a family preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Things take a turn for the hilariously chaotic when everyone’s careful plans go awry – but sometimes a good family story makes a holiday even better than you had hoped for! The kids were enthralled and slightly horrified at the silly antics!
This week the cube had us play Ring Around the Rosie!
Flannel Song – “Did you Ever See a Turkey?”
(To the tune of “Did you Ever See A Lassie?”
Did you ever see a turkey, a turkey, a turkey,
As he struts around the barnyard with feathers so bright?
With orange ones and red ones and yellow ones and brown ones!
Did you ever see a turkey with feathers so bright?
I found this delightfully goofy idea and song at http://misssarahsstorytime.blogspot.com/2011/11/flannel-friday-did-you-ever-see-turkey.html It was every bit as fun as Miss Sarah promised it would be! We did one turkey with colors (orange, red, yellow and brown), one with patterns (polka dots, stripes, squiggles and stars) and one with silly stuff – footballs, carrots, glitter, cow spots!
BOOK: Run Turkey Run by Diane Mayr
There are a disturbing number of Thanksgiving books that follow this same theme – but the kids did enjoy shouting “Run Turkey, Run!” A good read-aloud!
The iPod ‘chose’ (with my help!) Turkey in the Straw and we danced like turkeys!
Glue turkey face to the front of the toilet paper roll.
Color the coffee filter (dot markers would work well too!)
If you have time you can spray the filter with water and have the colors run together. We gave this instruction for at home since it can get a little messy and we didn’t have enough time to dry the filters!
Fold the filter in half and insert it into the slits on the side of your turkey toilet paper roll.
How it Went:
Great group of Wiggleworms and we all had a lot of fun! I am glad I decided to split my Thanksgiving themes into more than one week – there is a lot of really fun turkey material! (Next week the theme will be Pilgrims and Thanksgiving.) Because we had a good size group we split the craft into two parts and had half the kids glue their turkey body together while the other half colored the turkey tails. This worked well and we may do more crafts this way! Next time though I will have us sing our goodbye song BEFORE craft in case anyone who finishes early wants to skadoodle!