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Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

October 22, 2015 04:32 by Barbara Shelby

 

ARTS AND CRAFTS (Autumn Table Top decorating at page bottom; Songs, Poems, Fun Facts & More on Page 2)

ROCKS OF GRATITUDE

Materials:
Rocks (various sizes, avoid shiny or glossy rocks)
Light stock paper (such as news print)
Low-gloss varnish or clear finish

Steps:
1. Collect an assortment of rocks.
2. Clean with soap and water, then paint with fall colored acrylic paints (It's not necessary to cover the entire rock with paint, leave some areas exposed if you wish. Let dry.
3. Print words of wisdom or Thanksgiving quotes on paper. Tear out the sayings (ragged edges).
4. Glue the sayings to your rocks using either white glue or Modge Podge.
5. Finish off the rocks by applying low-gloss varnish or polyurethane.
At home a variety of rocks good be arranged for centerpiece or in a cornucopia along with some other dried elements, such as nuts or grasses.

After Thanksgiving this makes a nice paper weight or addition to a garden!

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 I AM THANKFUL HANDPRINT TREE
Gather colored paper (red, orange, brown, green, yellow) Trace the children's hands onto several sheets of several colors. Cut out. Then cut out a brown tree trunk branches in proportion to the amount of leaves. Have the children glue the hand shapes to the tree trunk to form the leaves of the tree. Have the child think of things to be thankful for and label the hand/leaves.

Thankful Tree Display

is a sample from Mann School Art Appreciation.

 

 

 

 Version #2 of  Thankful Tree! (Image from Discount School Supply)

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THANKFUL WREATH OF LEAVES
Children can make a beautiful wreath of leaves that displays what they are thankful for. This wreath makes a great Autumn or Thanksgiving decoration.
 
Materials:
A plain white paper plate
Construction paper (orange, red, yellow, brown, and other earth tones)
Templates of leaf shapes
Crayons or markers
Scissors
Glue or a glue stick

  • Cut a HALF CIRCLE OUT OF THE CENTER of a plain paper plate. Cut out a lot of leaves from construction paper. Draw the leaf veins if you wish. If you'd like, use a leaf template.

  • Glue the leaves all around the rim of the paper plate.
In the lower center of the wreath, (the half circle part that was NOT cut out) write, "I am thankful for," and then have the children write or draw what they are thankful for.

  • Put the child's name on the wreath (or let them sign it).
For variations on this wreath: instead of using leaves, use cut-out handprints of the child, tissue paper baking cups or torn-up scraps of paper.

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KINDNESS or GRATITUDE FOR THANKSGIVING

 

Make a huge turkey body out of construction paper and affix it to a wall. (Or make a smaller body and put on card stock or construction paper)
Give kids multi-colored paper feathers (made from construction paper) and have them write something nice about other students or family members.
Collect the feathers and place on the turkey.

 

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PINE CONE TURKEY
Need:
A pine cone
An acorn or a nut in the shell
Brown, red, orange and yellow construction paper
Pencil or marker
Scissors
Glue
Hot glue
Googly eyes
Clay

1. Cut out construction paper feathers.
2. Put a small blob of clay on one side of the pine cone to steady it on the table. The pine cone will be the turkey's body.
3. Glue the "feathers" to the top of the wide side of the pine cone.

  • Glue the acorn to the front of the turkey using hot glue. 
  • Glue on two googly eyes and a small piece of red construction paper (for the turkey's wattle). Let the glue set.

You now have a great Thanksgiving table turkey decoration. To avoid staining a tablecloth with the clay, put the turkey on a small plate.

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'SCRATCH AND SNIFF' CORNUCOPIA

1. Do you have a large pattern or coloring book picture of a cornucopia. If so, make a copy for each child.
2. Have kids color the picture.
3. With stick glue, apply glue to a piece of fruit in the cornucopia; sprinkle dry jell-o (matching the fruit) over the glue. Shake off excess jell-o powder.
4. Reat with the other fruit and flavors of jell-o.
(Original idea from Ms. Tyler-Livonia, Mi. SAC)

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HAND AND FOOT PRINT TURKEY
 
  • I painted the kids fingers different (Turkey) colors and placed them on a piece of tag board. Then I painted one foot.

  • Place foot opposite way so the heel is on the top, your toes are the turkey feet and your heel is the head.

  • The funny part is I told all the kids is they had to scrub their feet the night before. They didn't know why and their parents were questioning. I told them it is for a gift for them.

  • We wrapped them up and gave it to the parents for Thanksgiving. Some are framed and hanging in homes every Thanksgiving. I didn't have a poem including the feet but that would be adorable.
Mrs. Z/Rochester Mi.

Mrs. Z...I think the following poem would work (Barb)

This isn't just a turkey,
As anyone can see-
I made it with my hands and feet...
Which are part of me.

It comes with lots of love
And especially today…
I hope you have a very
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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HOLIDAY SCENTS!
Materials: Construction paper or tag board, glue, paintbrush, different seasonal spices such as: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, whatever smells good!

1. Trace children's hands on tag board or construction paper. Have the children then put glue on the palm and finger shapes.
2. Spices are then sprinkled on the glue. They can be mixed or put on areas of fingers and hands...
3. To make the spiced handprint become a turkey, draw-feet, eyes, beak and wattle.

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APPLE TURKEYS (A snack and craft in one!)

These are fun to make. The tail feathers can be colored mini-marshmallows, gumdrops or a ring cereal such as Froot Loops. The feet can be whatever you decide--such as gum drops or candy corn

 

 TURKEY: (Sample and Photo by KidActivities) Need: apples, ingredients for feathers, candy corn, large marshmallows and colored toothpicks.

  • The apple is the body of the turkey.
 • Add colored mini-marshmallows or gum drops to 5 or 6 toothpicks; stick them in one end of the apple. 
 • Use a toothpick for the neck.
 • Use a marshmallow for a head -tiny raisin pieces for the eyes - a cut up cany corn for the beak
. Use 3 toothpicks for legs (in a triangular position so your turkey can stand up) If you decide not to add legs, cut a small slice from the bottom of the apple to sit straight.

 Personally, I like to then eat the spice gum-drops! When you are making food crafts with children, make sure to have a few extra pieces for the kids to munch on!

The "Apple Turkeys" would look nice combined with some of the  centerpieces at the bottom of the page...

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PLYMOUTH ROCK SEATING--A fun alternative to place cards!

Version #1

Materials
Smooth rocks
Craft paint
Paintbrushes
1. Make sure rocks are clean and dry.
2. Paint the stone/rock entirely or with designs on it.
3. After the rocks are dry, paint  names of Thanksgiving Day dinner guests!

Version #2 using pasta letters... 
Materials:
Medium sized smooth stones
Pasta Letters

Coat stones in brightly colored craft paint. When paint is dry, glue on pasta letters.

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THANKFUL FOR YOU "BECAUSE" BAGS...
A Connecting and Feel Good Activity

These can double as an activity and for decorations on the tables. You'll need: 
  • Brown paper lunch sacks 
  • Green paint pen 
  • Raffia 
  • Tissue leaves in autumn colors.
  • Plenty of small pieces of paper (approx. 3" X 4" size).

1. Cut the top of each sack in a decorative manner. (Use pinking shears, or regular scissors to trim the size, and give the bag a little character.)
2. Glue one autumn leaf to the center of each bag at an angle.
3. Tie raffia into little bows, and glue one to the base of each leaf with a hot glue gun. Write the name of each child on the bags with the green paint pen.

 

 

Place small pieces of paper in a basket along with pens and markers. Have each  child write a note or draw a picture (little ones) of why they are thankful for each person.

    • If your group is having a party-this can be done in the days preceding the party. Drop notes into bags. Allow time during the party or program for the children to read their notes. A great self-esteem building activity!!!

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MAKE A THANKSGIVING TREE in a container 
Supplies: 
  • Leaves (these can be commercial silks, plastic leaves, or children can children trace and cut out their own leaves. 
  • A branch to make the tree  
  • A container and rocks to support the tree 
  • Magazines 
  • Paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Markers 
  • Needle 
  • Thread 
  • Low-tack tape

Instructions
1.
Fill the container with rocks. Remove leaves and unnecessary branches from the tree. Put branch in container. Make sure that the branch is securely anchored by the rocks.
2. Use the needle and thread to make individual hangers for the leaves.
3. Have children cut out or draw images of things for which they are thankful or have them write a list of things they are thankful for and cut out the words.
4. Use the tape to stick the thanksgiving items to the leaves. Hint: Any adhesive would work but if you use a low tack adhesive you can use the leaves again next year.
5. Hang the leaves on the tree.

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THANKSGIVING CARD

 

You'll need: leaf cutouts, glue, dried kernel corn 

 

1. Write a greeting on a sheet of construction paper or card-stock-
such as Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Autumn, Give Thanks, etc.
2. Have the children glue the corn to form the letters of the words. 3. Glue leaf cutouts around the rest of the picture for decoration

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 PAPER PLATE TURKEY

 

•Color paper plates with markers
•Glue turkey head on to T-paper tube.
•Staple the tube to the plate.

Courtesy of Renee Glashow at lilteacher

 

 

 

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'Words' for Younger Children's Hand-Print Turkeys  The poem above (for Mrs. Z's Footprint Turkey)  uses the words 'Hands and Feet'--this one is just hand...) 

This isn't just a turkey,
As anyone can see-
I made it with my hand
Which is part of me.

It comes with lots of love
And especially today-
I hope you have a very
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Handprint photo courtesy of Ms. Glashow's class at lilteacher 

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TURKEY OF LEAVES
Gather brightly colored leaves and create this cute turkey! 

1. Glue the leaves to a piece of construction paper. It should resemble the tail feather of a turkey.
2. Add a body cut from another piece of construction paper.
3. Add a beak, feet, and some eyes--either wiggly eyes orpaper.
Tip: You may want to preserve the leaves before starting project. Thank you to MomentsofMommyHood for idea and images! 

 

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ACTIVITY BOOK
175 Easy-To-Do Thanksgiving Crafts (Creative Uses for Recyclables) (Paperback)by Sharon Dunn Umnik
$7.95 new and starting at $2.97 used at Amazon.com
A review: This book is an incredible asset to any classroom. The directions are clear and concise and the full color pictures of the end result are great! I would highly recommend this book to any teacher in need of extra ideas! Mary Ellen Fuentes

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Be sure to check out Ideas in the Autumn/Fall Centerpieces and Decorating Category!

 

 

All Miscellaneous activities of POEMS, SONGS, FACTS AND MORE...has been moved to its own page! Click here...

 

 

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Autumn Decorating and Centerpieces

October 26, 2011 01:29 by Barbara Shelby

 

LONG LASTING AUTUMN DECOR...
I personally like  Autumn to last as long as possible--to go from late September all the way to Thanksgiving! I don't want it to stop at Halloween. Love Halloween but want Fall to last longer!

So decorating (as several images show) is focused on--baskets and pottery filled with uncarved pumpkins, fruit, vegetables, gourds, Indian corn, walnuts and seed balls of nature, dried flowers and foliage. Add raffia, berries, Fall colored ribbon, candles, seasonal candy, and rustic accessories...(Barb)

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 MAKE AN APPLE CANDLE HOLDER for your Holiday Table

This table centerpiece is short lived ---but pretty while it lasts.

Materials:
Large Rome Beauty apples (that will stand straight on the table)
Candles
Waxed paper and potato peeler
Lemon juice
1. Using an apple corer, make a hole about halfway through the middle of an apple. Make the hole as straight as possible and remove the core piece.

2. Insert a candle into the hole. It should fit tightly; if the hole is too large, wrap waxed paper around the candle's end.

3. Older kids can decorate the apples by carefully carving designs in the skins with the tip of a potato peeler (to prevent the designs from turning brown, rub them with lemon juice).

4. Arrange the candleholders in a circle on a plate or cutting board.
Make sure that the apples are stable. Cut the bottom accordingly if not.

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CARVED OUT PUMPKINS MAKE GREAT 'VASES AND CANDLE HOLDERS'!

 

Thoroughly carve out a small to medium-sized, round pumpkin. Place a block of florist's foam inside the scooped pumpkin; place an assortment of harvest-themed artificial berries and flowers, available at arts and crafts stores, into the foam block. Abundantly fill the foam block so that you cannot see the opening of the pumpkin. This makes a festive Fall and Thanksgiving centerpiece--or wonderful outside decoration! If doing this for outdoors--just place flower pots inside of the hollowed-out pumpkins. (Outdoor Image: Redesign+more)

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 GLITTER PUMPKIN CENTERPIECE

Materials: Sponge brush, glitter, glue and wax paper

 Lightly put glue on  entire  pumpkin while it sits on wax paper. Quickly sprinkle  glitter on the pumpkin.
(The sample uses Martha Stewart's powder glitter in penny, persimmon, orange, and pink champagne!)
Let dry and then brush off excess glitter. 
Tie with ribbon and bow draping with long ends cut on diagonal.
(Image: Martha Stewart)

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 AUTUMN CENTERPIECE ...Something you can leave on your table all Fall!

 An easy and pretty centerpiece for early October to Thanksgiving... is to pile gourds, pumpkins and silk leaves in the middle of the table and tumbling out of a basket. This centerpiece would be pretty piled on a serving tray/basket/dish! (This example is made with artificial gourds-by KidActivities.net)

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Using the above centerpiece---set A WARM AUTUMN TABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have a centerpiece--put together a lovely 'Autumn Table'...This table is set with Fall colors; more gourds and miniature pumpkins placed around the centerpiece. Votive candles add sparkle and candy corn is sprinkled about.

Note the canning jars which are hot glued to short glass candle sticks. (They can be seen in image on right through the water glass)  Candy corn is placed in the base of each jar and candles snuggled in... (The jars also have a variety of functional use. At the time of this writing--three jars hold Autumn candy and are placed on the coffee table. The goodies change with the season!)  Images by KidActivities.net

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FLOATING PUMPKIN CANDLES
Materials: Miniature pumpkins, votive candles, bowl(s) or buckets (depending on whether pumpkins are inside or outdoors), thin marker, knife

Purchase the amount of pumpkins you'll want for your table. Five to eight pumpkins should work for a table decoration. You may want more if floating them in buckets for an outdoor harvest theme. Also purchase the same amount of votive candles. 

Place the candle over the top of the pumpkin and trace the circular shape onto the pumpkin. Using a knife, carefully cut out the circle so that a votive candle will fit securely into the hole. Do this with all the candles.
Fill bowls/pails with water. Light candles and float the pumpkins in the water.

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SIMPLE AND BEAUTIFUL DECORATION

 

Just line up small white pumpkins along a wooden platter. To accent the gourds paleness --add a runner or fabric piece in a bright autumn color. Image Source: GoodHousekeeping

 

 

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PAINTED PUMPKINS AND GOURDS

These almost look  ceramic-but they're painted. These were first spray-painted with Rust-Oleum Satin primer. After drying--they were spray painted with 'Heirllom white paint. What a lovely centerpiece! Source: SomeDay Crafts 

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  FILL CLEAR JARS AND VASES with your favorite Autumn colored candy or Autumn Fruit! Wonderful as it also doubles as a welcoming snack or after-dinner treat!

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SIMPLE AND PRETTY...

Wonderful on a coffee table. Pile up gourds and small pumpkins (real or artificial) on a tray or large flat basket. Add candles (or not)...Wonderful from late September to Thanksgiving! (Image with candles by KidActivities.net)

 

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GLAZED PUMPKINS... Tiny pumpkins or any small gourds can be colored in minutes with acrylic paints or permanent markers. The secret to their jewel-like sparkle is a finishing glaze applied after the paint or ink has thoroughly dried.

Materials: Miniature pumpkins in varying sizes and shapes
Foam brush
Acrylic paint
Rubber comb (available from craft stores)
Broad-tip permanent markers
Polyurethane glaze

1. Use a foam brush to apply acrylic paint evenly over pumpkin.

2. While paint is still wet, run a rubber comb around the pumpkin. Start from the stem and work from top to bottom. As an alternative to painting and combing, use a broad-tip marker to draw spirals or dots on the pumpkins, or go a little wild by drawing random lines in contrasting colors.

3. When paint or ink is dry, spray with a polyurethane glaze as a protective finish. (Source: sunset.com)

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PUMPKIN TOPIARY
Materials:
4-inch terra-cotta pot
Styrofoam piece to fit in pot
Wooden dowel or small tree branch
Miniature pumpkin
Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
Dried beans or peas
Raffia

1. Use hot glue to secure the Styrofoam into the pot.

2. Make the "tree." Sharpen the end of the dowel or branch (trimming it to size if necessary). Push it into the bottom of the pumpkin. Push the other end of the dowel into the Styrofoam. Hot-glue the dowel to secure if necessary.

3. Add the finishing touches. Spread dried beans or peas over the top of the Styrofoam, gluing if desired. Using raffia, tie a bow around the dowel just below the pumpkin.

TIPS: You can replace the miniature pumpkins with small gourds. If you want your topiary to last for more than two weeks, use artificial vegetables or fruits.

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 AUTUMN CANDLE HOLDERS

  

Anchor pillar candles in a bed of candy corn or black and orange jelly beans for seasonal touches. Mix in with fall follage, gourds and pumpkins!

 

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 AUTUMN PORCH

 

 To the right....A tall metal container filled with faux silk mums, sunflowers, and leaves--a few tall branches added for height.  Group pumpkins at the base --and perch a small happy scarecrow. (Both the metal container and Scare Crow are weighted--so even on a windy day---everything stays in place! (Images by KidActivites.net)

AND THEN....

 FINISH WITH CORNSTALKS!
Do you have columns on your house? Simply tie corn stalks to them with twine... and add a scarecrow. Place tied dry corn cobs or an Autumn wreath on the door. Wonderful from October to Thanksgiving!

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  Image on right...How very cool is this?! Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes filling the fireplace opening.

 

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Image on left... Start at the front entrance with a warm and inviting AUTUMN FOYER!

A faux corn stalk is placed behind the chest--silk mums and fall follage fill the tall pottery. A couple added pumpkins (one on a cake stand) completes the 'Welcome'! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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Thanksgiving Poems, Songs, Facts and More

October 25, 2011 16:35 by Barbara Shelby

 

LITERACY... POEMS...SONGS...

 
FOUR IDEAS FOR PROGRAM COOKBOOKS...

IDEA # 1
Have the children write or dictate their own recipes for a Thanksgiving feast. Write each recipe on a large index card and ask them to illustrate their recipes. Then mount the recipe cards below the pictures.

IDEA # 2 (Similar to #1) 
Give each child a clip-art decorated page and have them write or dictate their favorite recipe (from their perspective) and compile all into a "center cook book". You will come out with a very humorous book! 

 IDEA #3
You could also put the recipes together and make a "Class  Book" to display at your parents' center.

 IDEA #4
Ask each child to bring a favorite "real" Thanksgiving Family recipe from home. Compile all and make a cookbook for each family!

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TURKEY DAY WISH...
This would be really cute for your November Newsletter (October if you live in Canada) or posted at your 'Info Center'. It could also be said at your Turkey-Day table!!! 

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your Turkey be plump...
May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize...
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs.

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FIVE LITLE TURKEYS #1

5 little turkeys were standing by a door...
One saw some corn, and then there were four.
Run, Run, Run far away. Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day!
 
4 little turkeys flew up in a tree...
One fell down and then there were three.
Run, Run, Run far away. Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day!
 
3 little turkeys gobbled as they do...
A dog chased one and then there were two.
Run, Run, Run far away. Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day!
 
2 little turkeys strutting in the sun...
The wind came along and then there was one.
Run, Run, Run far away. Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day!

1 little turkey saw a farmer come; He ran far away and then there were NONE!

FIVE LITTLE TURKEYS #2

Five little turkeys standing at the door,
One waddled off, and then there were four.

Four little turkeys sitting near 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 morning sun,
One waddled off, and then there was one.

One little turkey better run away,
For soon it will be Thanksgiving Day.

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THE TURKEY

The turkey is a funny bird
Its head goes bobble-bobble...

And all he knows is just one word...
And that is GOBBLE-GOBBLE!

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Love this idea from lilteacher... DISGUISED TURKEYS! 

Children took home a copy of a plain turkey. The fun was to disguise the turkey in a creative manner! If you're concerned that parents in your program are in the mist of time-challenge constraints--form groups of 2 to 4 children to come up with their own version of a "Disguised Turkey"!  Create a wonderful display with their vision!

Put names of the 'Turkey" under the creations. Example: Gramma Turkey, Santa Turkey, Superman, etc.

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ALBUQUERQUE TURKEY SONG 
(Sung to tune of: My Darlin Clementine)

Albuquerque is a turkey
And he's feathered and he's fine...
And he wobbles and he gobbles
And he's absolutely mine!

He's the best pet you can get yet
Better than a dog or cat
He's my Albuquerque turkey
And I'm awfully proud of that!

And my Albuquerque turkey
Is so happy in his bed-
'Cause for our Thanks-giving Dinner...
We have spaghetti innnnn-stead

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Instead of the Hokey Pokey Dance--do THE TURKEY JERKY

You put your right wing in, you put your right wing out,
You put your right wing in, and you gobble all about.
You do the turkey jerky and you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.
Next would be:
Left wing
Drumsticks
Head
Tail feathers
Turkey body

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LYRICS TO 'OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS'...

Over the river and through the wood
To Grandfather's house we go.
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood --
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Ting-a-ling-ling!
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast, my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow --
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood --
Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurray for the pumpkin pie!

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TURKEY QUIZ & DISCUSSION--HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW?

 

The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America.  In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey, not the Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States!


1. What is a male turkey called?
2. What is  female turkey called?
3. What is a baby turkey called?
4. Where will you find the turkey's wattle?
5. What is a Gizzard?
6. Where and what are the turkey's caruncles?
7. Where is the turkey's snood?
8. How big are wild turkeys? (How tall and average weight)
9. How many babies do turkeys have?

CHECK YOUR ANSWERS...

1. A male turkey is called a Tom or a Gobbler.

2. A female turkey is called a hen.

3. A poult is a baby turkey.(A chick)
When the  poults hatch, they flock with their mother all year including the winter).
After the turkey begins to grow--A young male turkey is called a "jake" and a young female is called a "jenney."

4. A Wattle is the flap of skin under the turkey's chin. It turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.

5. A Gizzard is  part of a bird's stomach that contains tiny stones.  It helps them grind up food for digestion.
 
6. The caruncle is the growth of skin that dangle from the turkey's chin--the throat region. It turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
 
7. The snood is the growth of skin that droops over the gobbler's bill. (The flap of skin that hangs over the turkey's beak) It turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.

8. Wild turkeys are about 3 to 4 feet tall.
The male turkey weighs between 16 and 24 pounds and the female is smaller and only weighs between eight and 10 pounds.

9. A turkey hen lays an average of eight to 17 eggs. She lays them one at a time in a nest built on the ground. After several weeks when all the eggs have been laid, she begins to sit on them to incubate, or keep them warm. After 28 days the eggs are ready to hatch.

OTHER FUN FACTS...
Wild turkeys can run fast---up to 25 miles per hour. They can also fly up to 50 miles per hour. In the right conditions (still and quiet), a turkey's gobble can be heard up to one mile away!

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Check out the Category with Thanksgiving Jokes!

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TURKEY-FEST! HAVE A PROGRAM  THANKSGIVING POTLUCK BUFFET

1.) Weeks ahead---Post and hand-out a save-the date. Invite parents to attend and have them sign up to bring in foods traditional to Thanksgiving such as:
Turkey, sweet potatoes, vegetables, applesauce, pies, fruits, etc.

2.) Estimate the amounts you will need and put out a sign-up sheet with how much you'll need.

Example-
Pies:                                      Salads     
1. ____________              1.__________________


2. ____________              2. __________________ 

3. ____________              3. __________________

4. ___________

5. _____________

 
3
.) Parents then sign up for their choice. Be sure to tell them to bring their contribution ready to go and serve!
Have the center provide juice, water, sturdy plates, napkins and utensils.

4.) Time is short for us all; however, there are so many good food stores that make excellent turkey breast, chicken pieces, potatoes, fruit, etc. Tell families their contribution does not need to be home-made!

5.) For the feast, have children make THEMED-PLACE MATS and decorations the weeks before the event! Give all a role in the fun celebration!

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TURKEY TALES...

 • I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A PIE... by Alison Jackson, Judith Byron Schachner (Illustrator)
Great twist of the classic - I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry. And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady make
s a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities.

IN NOVEMBER...by Cynthia Rylant, Jill Kastner (Illustrator)
In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter. And people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends. This book is a great resource to share at Thanksgiving time, as it honors family traditions of this seasonal month.

THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING... by Natasha Wing, Tammie Lyon (Illustrator)
A creative spin on the Clement C. Moore classic, The Night Before Thanksgiving is a warm, whimsical celebration of everyone's favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and thanks are given, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.

SOMETIMES IT'S TURKEY-SOMETIMES IT'S FEATHERS..by Lorna Balian, Humbug Books, 1994

GRACIAS THE THANKSGIVING TURKEY, by Joy Cowley, Illustrated by Joe Cepeda, Scholastic Press, 1998

THE TURKEY SAVES THE DAY, by Shelagh Canning, Illistrated by Doug Cushman, Troll Assoociates, Inc., 1997


NON-FICTION...

ALL ABOUT TURKEYS, by Jim Arnosky, Scholastic Press, 1998

WILD TURKEYS, by Dorthy Hinshaw Patent, Photographs by Wiliam Munoz, Lerner Publications Co, 1999

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