Five little turkeys
Five little turkeys are we (wiggle fingers)
We slept all night in a tree (pretend to sleep)
When the cook came around, we couldn’t be found (pretend to look everywhere)
That’s why we’re here, you see! (point to self)
Five little turkeys sitting by the barn door, One ran away, and then there were four. Run, turkey! Run, turkey! Run far away! Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day.
Four little turkeys sitting under a tree. One ran away, and then there were three. Run, turkey! Run, turkey! Run far away! Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day.
Three little turkeys playing Skip-To-My-Lou. One ran away, and then there were two. Run, Turkey! Run, turkey! Run far away! Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day! Two little turkeys lying in the sun. One ran away, and then there was one. Run, turkey! Run, turkey! Run far away! Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day. One little turkey, having no more fun. He ran away and then there were none. Run, turkey! Run, turkey! Run far away! Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day.
Who ate the Turkey?
My mama cooked the turkey; Everybody cheered! But, when the turkey plate was passed, the LEG had disappeared! Who ate the turkey?! All but a crumb? Mama and pawpaw softly said, “Yum-yum-yum!”
MR. Turkey (Are You Sleeping?)
Mr. Turkey, Mr. Turkey,
Big and fat, Big and Fat.
I’m gonna eat you! I’m gonna eat you!
Just like that! Just like that!
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.
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:
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.