Thanksgiving Crafts

by Julia & friends

Book Of Thanks:

Materials: Construction Paper, Stapler or Yarn, Glue, Crayons, Magazines, Photos, Clips Art, Etc.

How To Make: Decide on how many pages you want your book to have. Gather that many pieces of paper and staple one side to make a booklet. You could also punch holes on the sides of the pages and then tie them together with yarn.

Now, fill each page of your book with an item you are thankful for. For example, on the first page you could write "My Family" or write the number of a specific person. Include a picture of your family or person and write a few sentances about why you are thankful for them.


Harvest Basket:

Materials Needed: Brown Construction Paper, Magazines, Glue.

How To Make:  Cut a basket shape out of brown construction paper or a paper bag. Cut  or rip pictures of fruit and vegetables out of magazines and glue them on your basket.


Thankful Tree:

Materials: Brown Paper, Fall colored Construction Paper, Scissors, Markers, Glue.

How To Make: Create a tree trunk out of brown paper and add branches. Have the children trace their hands onto different colored paper. Cut out. Each day have them think of something that they are thankful for, and write it onto the hand/leaf. Glue the leaf onto a tree branch. Above the tree, put the words & quot "We Are Thankful For.....&quot.


Thankful Wreath:

Cut out an orange or yellow circle to fit a paper plate, and have the children glue to center. Ten have them crumple up and glue colored tissue paper (fall colors) to the outside of the wreath. Cut out a bow shape and either glue a small picture of the child in the center of the bow, or have the children write his/her name on the bow. Glue the bow to the outside of the plate. Discuss thankfullness, and ask the children what they are thankful for. Then write in the center of the plate. i.e. :I am thankful for my parents". Then attach a ribbon or string on the back to hang the wreath.


Best Turkey Hands- Down:

Materials: Paper Plate, Brown Paint, Paint Brush, Fall Colored Construction Paper, Glue, Markers

How To Make: Paint the paper plate brown and set aside to dry. Trace your child's hands onto several colors of construction paper. Cut out. These will be the turkey's feathers! Now, have your child place their hand(with fingers all - together), on brown construction paper. Trace their hand, and wrist, but make a general oval shape around their fingers instead of tracing exactly around each finger. Cut this out, it will be the turkey's head/neck. Cut 2 long triangles out of orange paper for legs, and an orange triangle for the beak. Draw and cut out waddle out of red paper. Now we'll put it all together!

Glue the head slightly above center of the paper plate (so that the head is sticking up slightly above the top of the plate.) Then glue the hand cutouts to the top back 1/2 of the plate to form the turkey's feathers. Glue the legs to the back on the bottom. Now glue the beak onto the head of the turkey, and glue the waddle onto the beak. Use markers to draw eyes and wings if you wish. These turkeys are so cute and coorful!!!!


Hands And Feet Turkey:

Materials: Construction Paper (brown, tan, orange, red, yellow, and white.) Scissors, Glue, Wiggle eyes, (optional)

How To Make:  gather up all your materials. Trace two feet (with shoes on) on brown construction paper. Trace two hands on each of of the tan, red, orange, and yellow construction paper. Cut out all the hands and feet tracings. Put the two feet tracings together to make the turkey body and head, matching the heels together, and spreading the bottoms apart. Glue. Cut two feet out of orange scraps and cut a diamond shape for the beak. Draw eyes on white construction paper or use wiggle eyes. Make the wattle out of red construction paper. Gluethem onto the body. Glue the red, orange, and yellow construction paper hands behind the brown body to make the tail. Position the two tan hands to either side to make the turkey's wings and glue them in place.


Oreo Turkey Snack:

Ingredients:  Oreo cookie, candy corn, hershey kiss, green icing (or white with green food coloring) Red icing or small pieces of red licorice.

Directions: Divide the Oreo into two pieces. ( An adult can easily do this without breaking the coolies by using a sharp knife.) Place four or five pieces of candy corn around the top of the Oreo cookie that has the icing. Place the flat part of the Kisss in the icing at the bottom of the Oreo.

Optional: Add green icing to the other half of the Oreo so the Turkey will 'stand up'. Add a touch of red icing or a small string of red licorice to make wattle. Eyes can be added using small pieces of icing or by 'stealing' a little bit of frosting with a toothpick.



ALBUQUERQUE THE TURKEY: (Sung to My Darlin Clementine)

 Albuquerque, he's my turkey,
and he's feathered and he's fine
and he wobbles and he gobbles
and I'm awfully glad he's mine.

 He's the best pet you could ever get
better than a dog or cat
Albuquerque, he's my turkey
and I'm awfully glad of that.

 Albuquerque, he's my turkey
he's so cozy in his bed
because for our Thanksgiving dinner
we had scrambled eggs instead.


The Turkey:

 A turkey I saw on Thanksgiving,
Her tail was spread so wide.
Shh.... don't tell that you've seen her,
For she's running away to hide.
(make fist for turkey and spread fingers of the other hand for tail. Make a shhhhhhhhhhsound)


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!


Gobble, Gobble:

 "If your Happy & You Know It'
"Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble" says the bird-
"Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble", say the bird.
Mr. Turkey gobble-gobble
And his head goes wobble-wobble
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble", says the bird.


A Turkry Sat on a Backyard Fence:

 A turkey sat on a backyard fence
And he sang this sad, sad tune:
"Thanksgiving Day is coming (Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble)
And I know I'll be eaten soon!
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
I would like to run away-
Gobble, gobble, gobble gobble,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
I don't like Thanksgiving Day!"



Five Fat turkeys were sitting on a fence. (one hand up)
The first one said, "I'm so immense."(Point to thimb)
The second one said, "I can gobble at you."(Point to finger)
The third one said, "I can gobble too."(Middle finger)
The fourth one said, "I can spread my tail,"(Ring finger)
The fifth one said, "Don't catch it on a nail,"(Little finger)
A farmer came came along and stopped to say (Point finger of the other hand.)
"Turkeys look best on Thanksgiving Day"!


 My Turkey(Fingerplay)

 I have a turkey, big and fat
He spreads his wings, (Fan hands at hips)
And walks like that (Strut)
His daily corn he would not miss (Pretend to eat corn)
And when he walks, he sounds like this, (Gobble, Gobble)


Pilgrim Children (Poem)

 Pilgrim children did not play
on the first Thanksgiving Day
The firsy chopped wood which he could take
to help his sister cook and bake.
The second took a great big sack,
and brought some nuts, all they could crack.
The third one got a turkey and
she helped to roast it in a pan.
The fourth ground corn to make the bread
The fifth made covers for the bed.
The sixth one brought a pumpkin by
she cut it up to make a pie.
The seventh came and popped some corn.
The eighth fed horses in the barn
The nineth watched food or it might run.
The tenth churned butter in a churn.
Pilgrim children did not play
On that first Thanksgiving Day.


I Am Thankful: (Poem)

I am thankfuk for pets
I am thankful for school
I am thankful when I
can swiom in the pool.

 I am thankful for home
and the food I eat.
I am thankful for all
the new friends that I meet.

 I am thankful for health
and for my family
I'm especially thankful
that I am just me!


Turkey Day (Poem)

 Turkey, turkey in the pen,
It's Thanksgiving time again.
Still you strut around with pride
When you should take off and hide.
Nice big bird we have a date.
I will see you on my dinner plate.

 On that day we'll give you praise,
Talk about your better days
When you scared us with a gobble.
Giggling at your silly wobble. Then we pass around white meat,
Thank you for your special treat.

 Then a piece of pumpkin pie,
With whipped cream extra high.
I dream of this throughout the year
Now Thanksgiving's almost here.
Turkey, turkey, i must say,
"Your the one who makes that day!


Gobble, Gobble (game)

 A child is chosen to be "it". "It" closes his/her eyes and sits at the front of the room. Another child is chosen to be the turkey. The turkey runs and hides in some part of the room/housr? When the turkey has been hidden,he/she should be saying "gobble, gobble, gobble" "It" tries to guess who it is, from the sound ofthe voice. He/she has three guesses. Little ones can follow the sound anf find the turkey.

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