Thanksgiving Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette

thanks for thanksgiving

Song: “If You’re Thankful and You Know It”
If you’re thankful and you know it, Clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it, Stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it, Shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it, Do all three.

Song: “I’m Gonna Eat on Thanksgiving Day” – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

Book: Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by J. T. Morrow

Flannel: Five little kernels
[Put up the five kernel shapes on the board, as spread out as you can.] [When you say POP! slap a white popcorn shape right on top of one of the kernels.]
Five little kernels sizzling in the pot
All of a sudden, one went POP! [When you say POP! slap a white popcorn shape right on top of one of the kernels.]

Four little kernels… etc.
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

popcorn

Rhyme: Popcorn

You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot
You put the popcorn in and you start to grin.
Sizzle, sizzle Sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle Sizzle, sizzle, POP!

(Children begin in a crouched position, knees bent, then s-l-o-w-l-y rise until the final POP! when we jump up in the air!)

 Song: “Hot Potato” – The Wiggles: Hot Potatoes: The Best of the Wiggles

Book: Where is Baby’s Turkey? by Karen Katz

Song: “Clap Your Hands” – They Might Be Giants: Here Come the ABCs

Song: “Everybody Clap Your Hands” – Peter Moses: 90 Nifty Songs

Song: “Icky-Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing rhyme

Craft: Paper bag turkeys

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Thanksgiving Story Time – Preschool

Hello Song

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette

thanks for thanksgiving

Song/Flannel:  “Thanks A Lot” — Raffi: Quiet Time (kids sign the words “thanks” and “a lot.)

thanks a lot
(credit: Mel’s Desk)

Book: Thank You for Me! by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Kristina Stephenson

thank you for me

Song: “I’m Gonna Eat on Thanksgiving Day” – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

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Book: 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Rich Deas

10 fat turkeys

Song: “The Turkey Hop” – Carole Peterson: H.U.M.

Puppet: Turkey tells jokes from Turkey Riddles, by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg, illustrated by Kristin Sorra

turkey riddles

Craft: Turkey with tissue paper feathers and STUFFing I’m thankful for coloring page.

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End Rhyme

Thanksgiving – Everybody Story Time

Opening Song

Book: Over the River, and Through the Woods by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Kimberly Smith

over the river and through the woods cover image

 

Rhyme: “The Turkey
The turkey is a funny bird. (Hook thumbs together and spread fingers to create turkey tail.)
Its head goes wobble, wobble. (Wobble head back and forth.)
And all it knows is just one word. (Hold up one finger.)
“Gobble, gobble, gobble.”
Source

Felt Story: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie  by Alison Jackson,  illustrated by Judith Byron Schachner

i know an old lady who swallowed a pie cover image

Song: “Hot Potato” – The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy

Book: All for Pie Pie For All by David Martin, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

all for pie pie for all

Song & Flannel:  “Thanks A Lot” — Raffi: Quiet Time (kids sign the words “thanks” and “a lot.)

thanks a lot

Book: Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim

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Song: “Song in My Tummy” — Laurie Berkner: Under A Shady Tree

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

turkey cones

 

 

Thanksgiving Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: thank you

Book: Thank You for Me! by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Kristina Stephenson

thank you for me cover image 

Song: “If You’re Thankful and You Know It”

If you’re thankful and you know it, Clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it, Stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it, Shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it, Do all three.

Song: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate”- Jim Gill: Jim Gill’s Irrational Album

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

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Rhyme: Popcorn

You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot
You put the popcorn in and you start to grin.
Sizzle, sizzle Sizzle, sizzle Sizzle, sizzle Sizzle, sizzle, POP!

(Children begin in a crouched position, knees bent, then s-l-o-w-l-y rise until the final POP! when we jump up in the air!)

Song: “Hot Potato” – The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy

Song: “Fruit Salad Salsa” – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Book: Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George (3 pages) by Cynthia Platt and Julie M. Bartynski, illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young

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Song: “Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you?” (Tune: “If you’re happy and you know it”)

Hello Mr. Turkey how are you,? (clap twice)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you,? (clap twice)
With a gobble, gobble, gobble and a wobble, wobble, wobble (flap and walk like a turkey)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you? (clap twice)

Song: “Bodies 1-2-3” – Ellen and Peter Allard: Sing it! Say it! Stamp it! Sway it! vol. 2

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing rhyme

Craft: Trace hand, then color and decorate with feathers

Thanksgiving Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette

thanks for thanksgiving

 Song & Flannel: “Thanks A Lot” by Raffi: Quiet Time (credit: Mel’s Desk) (kids sign the words “thanks” and “a lot.”)

thanks a lot

Song: “If You’re Thankful and You Know It” (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you’re thankful and you know it, Clap your hands…
If you’re thankful and you know it, Stomp your feet…
If you’re thankful and you know it, Shout “I am!”…
If you’re thankful and you know it, Do all three…

Book: Thanksgiving by Trudi Strain Trueit

thanksgiving

Song: “Turkey Hop” – Carole Peterson: H.U.M. All Year Long

Rhyme: Popcorn
You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot
You pour the popcorn in and you start to grin.
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, POP!
(Children begin in a crouched position, knees bent, then s-l-o-w-l-y rise until the final POP! when we jump up in the air!)

Book: Theo’s Thanksgiving by David Steinberg, illustrated by Julia Woolf

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Song: “I’m Gonna Eat (On Thanksgiving Day)” w/ props – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

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Song: “Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you?” (Tune: “If you’re happy and you know it”)

Hello Mr. Turkey how are you,? (clap twice)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you,? (clap twice)
With a gobble, gobble, gobble and a wobble, wobble, wobble (flap and walk like a turkey)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you? (clap twice)

Song: “Icky, Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing rhyme

Craft: Indian corn out of paper, tissue paper squares, and craft sticks (Credit: Play and Learn with Dana)

corn

Thanksgiving Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: What kind of foods do you eat on Thanksgiving? What does a turkey say? What things are we thankful for? Learn the sign language sign for thank you.

Opening song

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette

thanks for thanksgiving

Song & Flannel: “Thanks A Lot” by Raffi: Quiet Time (credit: Mel’s Desk) (kids sign the words “thanks” and “a lot.”)

thanks a lot

Book: Pigs Love Potatoes by Anika Denise, illustrated by Christopher Denise

pigs love potatoes

Song: “I’m Gonna Eat (On Thanksgiving Day)” w/ props – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

thanksgiving day

Book: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson, illustrated by Judy Schachner

i know an old lady who swallowed a pie

Song: “Popcorn” – Barenaked Ladies: Snacktime!

Book: Setting the Turkeys Free by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

setting the turkeys free


Craft:
Hand Print Turkeys – inspired by Setting the Turkeys Free

turkey montage