In the early twentieth century there was a popular dance called the turkey trot. This dance was done to ragtime music. Although the original dance was done with couples face to face, Children enjoy doing the dance individually. The movements consist mainly of feet wide apart (about shoulder width); “wings” flapping and shoulders going up and down.
Crafts: One of the most popular turkey crafts seems to be drawing around the childs hand and making the thumb into the tutkey head and the fingers into tail feathers. There is even a little poem about it.
The craft I’m going to recommend is a little different. It uses a white canvas work glove, also markers; glue on buttons or googley eyes; felt pieces for wings,beak and wattle. Using markers draw feathers on fingers and thumb. Using some felt, glue wings on the palm. decorate thumb with eyes beak and wattle. Presto, you have a turkey hand puppet. It would be fun to use it while saying the turkey poems.
A fun decoration that is easy to make uses a pine cone, some decorative feathers, and a head made out of construcrion paper.
fill your plate and enjoy!!
Here is a list of Turkey books:
Turkey Surprise-Peggy archer
A Turkey for Thanksgiving– Eve Bunting
The Best Thanksgiving Ever–T. Slater
Run,Turkey Run–Diane Mays
Over the River: A Turkeys Tale–Derek Andersen
Silly Tilly’s Thanksgiving Dinner–Lillian Holsam
A Plump and Perky Turkey-Teresa Bateman
A fun song for listening is “Turkey in the Straw”
Fun song for singing: I’m a Turkey (tune “Yankee Doodle”)
I’m a turkey, big and fat
I spread my tail I walk like that.
Each days corn I will no miss,
And when I talk I sound like this:
GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE.
Did you Ever see a Turkey?(tune of “Did you ever see a Lassie”)
Did you ever see a turkey, a turkey, a turkey?
Did you ever see a turkey run this way and that?
He runs and he runs but he won’t get away.
He’s going to be my dinner on Thanksgiving Day.