Choose two children to be turkeys. Have them go to the center of the circle. Recite, with the other children, the poem below. When the poem is done, encourage the two “turkeys” to chat with each other in turkey talk.
Two turkeys went out to play
On one fine sunny day.
When they got together,
This is what they had to say!
Use pieces of masking tape to make turkey footprints all over the floor. Start playing some music. let the children pretend to be turkeys and strut around the room. When you stop the music, have the turkeys find footprints to stand on (one turkey to a footprint). When you start the music again, have the turkeys continue strutting around the room.
The Turkey Dance (done to the German Folk Song- The Chicken Dance)
Find a recording of the Chicken Dance and have the children pretend to be turkeys. Teach the children the movements:
Make your hands like they are “talking” 4 times
Pretend to “flap” your wings 4 times
Wiggle your bottom 4 times
Clap four times
Continue until you are tired out or the music stops~~~Which ever comes first!
Play music of your choice and encourage the children to move like: