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Storytime: Thanksgiving

Book – The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

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Some Families
Some families are large (arms out wide)
Some families are small (put hands together)
But I love my family best of all! (hug self or child)
Source: Preschool Education

We Eat Turkey (Tune: Frere Jacques)
A great repeat after me song! First we went over the each food item (squash is the hardest, corn the easiest for this munkins) and I held up each card as we sang about it.

we eat turkeyWe eat turkey / We eat turkey
Oh so good / Oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving / Always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum / Yum, yum, yum

(repeat with mashed potatoes, corn, squash and pie)

Dinner’s over / Dinner’s over
We are stuffed / We are stuffed
What a great Thanksgiving / What a great Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum / Yum, yum, yum
Source: Story Time Secrets

Book – Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell

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1 Little, 2 Little
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers (count on fingers)
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hands

They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together (wiggle hands)
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
10 little fingers on my hands

They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
10 little fingers on my hands
Source: Jbrary

Mr. Turkey
I have a turkey, big and fat (hold thumb up)
He spreads his tail and walks like that (spread fingers out on other hand behind thumb)
His daily corn he would not miss (have thumb “peck” at floor)
And when he talks, it sounds like this:
Gobble, gobble, gobble!
Source: Preschool Education

Turkey Hop by Carole Peterson
One of my favorite Carole Peterson songs!

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Book – Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim

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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 clap your hands
If you’re thankful and you know and you really want to show it
If you’re thankful and you know it clap your hands

…stomp your feet
…shout I am!

One Whole Pie (Flannel Board)

One whole pie set by the door,
Cut into pieces,
I count four.

Four pieces of pie, all for me
I ate one piece (num, num, num)
Now there are three.

Three pieces of pie, for me too
I ate another piece
Now there are two.

Two pieces of pie, oh what fun!
I ate another piece
Now there is one.

One piece of pie, I can’t wait!
I ate that last piece,
Oh no…. empty plate!
Source: Jen in the Library

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Thanksgiving Party

Here’s what we did:

Fall Flannel Board
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I wanted to make sure that this program was for children of all ages. We have quite a few infants and toddlers that come into the library and interactive flannel boards are a great thing for them. I had a hard time thinking of a Thanksgiving related flannel board so I went with a standard fall one. The little ones loved putting the leaves on the trees and even throwing them into the air and watching them fall.

 

 

Fall Obstacle Course

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Since our Halloween obstacle course was such a hit I went ahead and created a Fall one. I took over two nonfiction stacks and used streamers to create the obstacles. I also put 5 Thanksgiving and Fall related riddles that the children had to answer before they could keep going and I hide 5 feathers in books. Children of all ages enjoyed this, I even had some of the 12 year olds boys who play on the computer all afternoon join in on the fun.

 

 

Coloring Pages

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Thanksgiving Memory Match Game

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This was another game that was enjoyed by all ages. The little ones enjoyed flipping the cards over and looking at the pictures and the older kids enjoyed playing the actual game. I did end up losing some of the cards but they are simple enough to create. All you need to do is find clipart pictures, print them out and laminate them!

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Headband Craft

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This was an easy and fun craft. I cut templates out of cardstock and had the children trace them onto the construction paper. The younger ones did it with the help of an adult but the older children had no trouble making the craft by themselves. These are great because they can be worn as a headband, put out as a decoration or you could even put a bowl of goodies inside of it!

Story & Song

 The only children interested in listening to a story were very young, 2 and under. While I’m not a huge fan of the words of this story it does have great pictures. I ended up going through the story and talking over the pictures with the kids, this worked really well with my group.

 

Next we sang a great repeat after me song, I sang the first line and I had them repeat it.

                                   “We Eat Turkey” Tune: Where is Thumbkin

we eat turkeyWe eat turkey, we eat turkey
Yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum, yum
Always on Thanksgiving
Always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum, yum
(repeat with mashed potatoes, corn, squash and pumpkin pie)

 

 

 

How it went: I had about 30 people attend the program but the majority of them just so happened to come into the library. Only 5 people came to the library with the intention of participating in the Thanksgiving Party. Overall I was happy with how the program turned out. It seems the best attendance we get is when we have no registration and they are drop in.

 

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Storytime: Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving by Miriam Nerlove

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the buzzers we use during Young Adult trivia games sounds like a doorbell, I let each child ring the bell once while we read “Thanksgiving is Here.”

Families

Then we talked about how every family is different and who is in our families.

Some families are large (arms out wide)

Some families are small (hands close together)

But I love my family best of all (hug self)

We Eat Turkey (Tune: Frere Jacques)

Next we talked about all the yummy food we like to eat on Thanksgiving. Then I was informed that none of my 3-5 year olds like turkey, mashed potatoes or squash. When I asked them what they eat on Thanksgiving they said corn, mac & cheese and pie! I told them it was a repeat after me song, that I would sing and then they would repeat it. This is the first time I’ve ever done that with them and it went better than expected, they all got really into the song.

we eat turkey

We eat turkey/we eat turkey

Oh so good/oh so good

Always on Thanksgiving/always on Thanksgiving

Yum, yum, yum/yum, yum yum (rub belly)

(mashed potatoes, corn, squash, pie)

Dinner’s over/dinner’s over

We are stuffed/we are stuffed (hold belly)

What a great Thanksgiving/what a great Thanksgiving

Yum, yum, yum/yum, yum, yum

Source: Story Time Secrets

The Turkey Hop by Carole Peterson

Silly Turkey (flannel board)

Each child received one feather and put it on Mr. Turkey (I got a few giggles when I called him that) when their color was called.

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I’m a silly turkey, I’m so much fun

But I need some silly feathers

Do you have (color) ones?

Source: Read, Rhyme & Sing

Walk Like a Turkey

Walk like a turkey

Waddle, waddle, waddle

Talk like a turkey

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Run like a turkey

Round and round

But when it’s Thanksgiving

Shhhh don’t make a sound

If You’re Thankful and You Know It

If you’re thankful and you know it clap your hands…

(stomp your feet, jump up and down, turn around, touch your toes, shout I AM)

Craft

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