Thanksgiving Songs

My Turkey

As you recite the poem below, have the children act out the movements described.

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 sounds like this
Gobble, gobble, gobble.


Turkey Strut

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!

Turkey Wobble

Play music of your choice and encourage the children to move like:

BIG turkeys

Little turkeys

Tired turkeys

Happy turkeys

Scared turkeys


Mr. Turkey

Mr. Turkey’s tail is big and wide He swings it when he walks, His neck is long His chin is red He gobbles when he talks.

Here is a verse that I’ve been using for years. Add actions and the students love it.

Thanksgiving Day is coming So Mr. Turkey said, “Now I must be real careful Or I will lose my head.”

The pumpkin heard the turkey, “I’m frightened too, oh my! They’ll mix me up with sugar and spice and I’ll be pumpkin pie

A turkey sat on a backyard fence as he sang this sad, sad tune. Thanksgiving Day is coming gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble And I know I’ll be eaten soo-on.

Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble I don’t like Thanksgiving Da-ay.

Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble I would like to run aw-away

“I’m Mr. Turkey”

I’m Mr. Turkey, Turkey, Turkey
I’m Mr. Turkey Big & Fat.
I’ve got feathers, feathers, feathers
I’ve got feathers down my back.
When I walk I wobble, wobble, wobble
When I talk I gobble, gobble, gobble
I’m Mr. Turkey, Turkey, Turkey
I’m Mr. Turkey Big & Fat.

Tom Turkey

There was a tom turkey that waddled around on yonder farm
He had a plump belly that touched the ground and wiggled as he sang this song.
oooh e oooh a a wing wang gobble gobble ding dang
ooh e oooh aa wing wang gobble gobble ding dang

A Turkey Ran Away Sung to tune of “Farmer in the dell”

A turkey ran away,

Upon Thanksgiving day, said he

They’ll make a roast of me

And so I will not stay.

(Continue with other Thanksgiving foods)eg. A cranberry ran away….. they’ll make a sauce of me… A pumpkin ran away… they’ll make a pie of me… etc.

Turkey, Turkey (tune:Twinkle, Twinkle)

Turkey, Turkey look at you

please be careful what you do

Thanksgiving Day will soon be here

We eat turkey every year

Go and hide out in the woods

We’ll eat pizza as we should.


Thanksgiving Day will soon be here.

It comes along but once a year.

If I could only have my way,

We’d have Thanksgiving every day.


The turkey is my favorite bird and

Pumpkin is my favorite pie and

Cranberry is my favorite sauce,

I wonder why.

I’m thankful for them all, Aren’t you?

And for the stuffing too

A BIG TURKEY Tune: London Bridges

The pilgrim had a big turkey,

Big turkey, a big turkey;

The pilgrim had a big turkey

And he kept him in a fence.


Five little turkeys were standing by a door; one saw some corn, and then there were four.

Four little turkeys flew up in a tree; one fell down and then there were three.

Three little turkeys gobbled as they do; a dog chased one and then there were two.

Two little turkeys strutting in the sun; the wind came along and then there was one.

One little turkey saw a farmer with an ax; look at that turkey run! run! run!