Thanksgiving Songs


Thanksgiving Songs

The turkey is a funny bird,
his head goes wobble, wobble.
All he knows is just one word,
GOBBLE, Gobble, Gobble.


Five Fat Turkeys

Five fat turkeys short and plump.
The first one hid way high upon a stump.
The second one said, “We should run, run, run.”
The third one said, “or we’ll be done.”
The fourth one said, “I don’t want to be dinner.”
The fifth one said I wish I were thinner!”


I teach this song accompanied by simple sign language or gestures. It is to the tune of “Are You Sleeping”

Mr. Turkey, Mr. Turkey

Run away, run away.

If you are not careful,

You will be a mouthful,

On Thanksgiving Day,

On Thanksgiving Day.


I use 8 identical turkey shapes but color each a different color. The targets for this lesson are color identification, the concepts of middle and different and counting up to eight.

Tune: London Bridges

Eight different turkeys

In the middle, in the middle

in the middle

Eight different turkeys

In the middle

Then the (name a color) ran away.


(A designated child takes the turkey and hides him under a paper). The turkeys are recounted and this continues until there is only one turkey left in the middle. I explain that we can’t sing one “different” turkey because you need more than one to compare so we just sing

“One (name the color) turkey in the middle,

In the middle, in the middle.

One (name the color) turkey in the middle

Then the (name the color) ran away.


This song I have sung with my preschoolers for a few years and every year they love it!

“Hello Mr. Turkey”

Hello Mr. Turkey how are you?

how are you?

Hello Mr. Turkey how are you?

how are you?

With a gobble, gobble gobble and

a wobble, wobble, wobble

Hello Mr. Turkey how are you?

how are you?

we add hand movements to it to make it more fun, but the kids think it’s great!


I have a turkey, big and fat.

He spreads his wings and walks like that.

His daily corn he would not miss.

And when he talks, he talks like this, “Gobble, gobble, gobble.”


I teach music at a church preschool! I had to come up with a food song for Thanksgiving that children would like. Here it is. Pumpkin Pie (tune of Peanut Butter & Jelly) First you take the pumpkin and you pick it, you pick it, you pick it, pick it, pick it. (Chorus in Deep voices) Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie-Yummy! Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie-Yummy!

Then you take the pumpkin and you carve it, you carve it, you carve it, carve it, carve it. Chorus Next you take the spices and you mix it, you mix it, you mix it, mix it, mix it. Chorus You put it in the oven and you wait, you wait, you wait, you wait, you wait. Humming Chorus while tapping foot You take it out the oven and you bite it, you bite it, you bite it, bite it, bite it (sing like mouth full) and you chew it, you chew it, chew it, chew it, chew it. Sing chorus like your mouth is full.


Mr. Turkey’s tail is big and wide

(spread fingers)

He swings it when he walks

(swing hands)

His neck is long

(stretch neck)

His chin is red

(stroke chin)

And he gobbles when he talks

(open and close hands, and gobbles)


Mr. Turkey-

Mr. turkey sat on the backyard fence & he sang this happy song. Oh the children are coming to the country gobble, gobble & I know I’ll be happy soooon!!!!!!

Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

Oh, I love Thanksgiving Day!!!!!


Thanksgiving Songs

Here’s a fun song that my 3’s and 4’s love to sing:

Hello Mr. Turkey! (If You’re Happy and You Know It)

Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)

Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)

With a gobble, gobble, gobble and a wobble, wobble, wobble, Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)


I’m a Little turkey

I’m a little turkey

My name is Ted.

Here are my feathers,

here is my head.

Gobble , gobble, gobble

Is what I say

Quick run.. It’s Thanksgiving Day!


I’ve been singing this song with my kids for years and they all love it!

This old road is hard and bumpy

Five fat turkeys wild and jumpy

Driver driver not so jerky

Or you’ll make us lose a turkey

(spoken)

Driver! Driver! Stop I say!

One fat turkey got away!

repeat each verse until just one turkey is left and say:

Driver! Driver! stop I say!

Let’s save this turkey for Thanksgiving Day!


Mr. Turkey

Gobble, gobble, Mr. Turkey

All around the big farmyard!

Wobble, wobble, Mr. Turkey

But you better stand your guard!

Gobble, wobble, gobble, wobble

Farmer Jones has plans for you!

Better keep one strut ahead

Or you’ll turn into turkey stew!


Gobble, Gobble
(tune: Clementine)

Gobble, gobble, said the turkey
Soon twill’ be Thanksgiving Day
The way they treat me-
They’re going to eat me-
Guess I’d better run away!

(Gobble Gobble Gobble can be said at the end while you “run away”)


Thanksgiving Day is a happy day and we say thank you, God
Thanksgiving Day is a happy day and we say thank you God


Thanksgiving (tune – Where is Thumpkin)

Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving
Here it comes, here it comes.
Turkey on the table, turkey on the table.
MMM good, MMMM good.

Cornbread muffins, chestnut stuffing,
Pumpkin pie, ten feet high.
We were so much thinner before we came to dinner.
Me oh my, me oh my!


We Eat Turkey(tune: Are you sleeping?)

We Eat Turkey
We Eat Turkey
Oh so Good
Oh So Good
Always On Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum,yum

Mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes
Oh so good
Oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving
Always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum,yum

etc… Add your own favorite turkey day feasts foods. The kids love adding what they will bring to the feast.


“See All the Turkeys” (tune: Shortnin’ Bread)

See all the turkeys up in the tree,
All the little turkeys try to hide from me.
All the little turkeys go gobble, gobble,
All the little turkeys go just like this….
All the little turkeys go wobble, wobble,
All the little turkeys go just like this..


Fun Thanksgiving Song-

The cranberry ran away, on Thanksgiving Day,
He/she said “they’ll make a sauce of me if I should stay!”
The pumpkin ran away, on Thanksgiving Day,
He/she said “They’ll make a pie of me if I should stay!”
The turkey ran away, on Thanksgiving Day,
He/she said “They’ll make a feast of me if I should stay!”

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.