Thanksgiving Songs


Thanksgiving Songs


Thanksgiving Songs

Fun and easy Thanksgiving songs and fingerplays for preschool through 2nd grade.


Fun Finger Play about this holiday’s most popular bird!

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)


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)


A Thanksgiving Song

(tune: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

The Pilgrims sailed away,

Far across the sea.

They came to America

So they could be free.

The Native Americans

Helped them plant the corn.

Then they shared a great big feast,

Thanksgiving Day was born!


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’m A Little Turkey (sung to obviously “I’m A Little Teapot)

I’m a little turkey on a farm.

Here are my feathers, here is my beak.

When Thanksgiving comes I get really freaked, Please don’t eat me for your treat!

The kids really like this song…even though most of us do eat turkey for Thanksgiving…they think it’s funny.


Gobble Gobble.

Tune: Military Chant

Gobble Gobble is the sound (repeat)

Of the turkey fat and round (repeat)

Thanksgiving Day will soon be here (repeat) Then he’ll surely disappear (repeat)


Turkey In The Brown Straw

(Tune: Skip To My Lou)

We use this in my classroom with felt board scenes.

Turkey in the Brown Straw

Ha Ha Ha,

Turkey in the brown straw

Ha Ha Ha,

Turkey in the brown straw

Ha Ha Ha,

Turkey in the straw my darlin’

Turkey in the green tree

Hee Hee Hee,

Turkey in the green tree

Hee Hee Hee,

Turkey in the green tree

Hee Hee Hee,

Turkey in the tree my darlin’.

Turkey in the white snow

Ho Ho Ho,

Turkey in the white snow

Ho Ho Ho,

Turkey in the white snow

Ho Ho Ho,

Turkey in the snow my darlin’.

Turkey in the red barn,

Harn Harn Harn,

Turkey in the red barn,

Harn Harn Harn,

Turkey in the red barn,

Harn Harn Harn,

Turkey in the barn my darlin’.

Turkey in the blue sky,

High, High, High,

Turkey in the blue sky,

High, High, High

Turkey in the blue sky,

High, High, High

Turkey in the sky my darlin’.


When at dinner at my relatives house, my little 5-year-old cousin taught me a new prayer. We call it our “Thankful.” It goes…

We are thankful for the food we eat. (hands over shoulders opening and closing fingers.)
We are thankful for the friends we meet. (hands over shoulders, palms up.)
We are thankful for the golden sun. (hands together overhead making a circle.)
The trees (elbow in other hand, arms straight up and fingers wiggling.) the birds (hands out flapping like wings) and everyone (hands open again)

We chose to do this one because it is general/without mention of religious symbols for public centers.


Thank You, God (to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me”)

Thank you, God for good, good friends

Thank you, God for family

Thank you, God for food to eat

Thank you, God for everything!

We thank you God!

We thank you God!

We thank you God!

We give our praise to You!

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