Thanksgiving Fingerplays

by Aubrey on November 14, 2012

In October we had so much fun singing Halloween songs and doing finger plays I thought it only appropriate to round up some for Thanksgiving.  I’m a firm believer that music can make any day better!  Take a few minutes to sing with your kiddos and you’ll be surprised with how their face will light up, plus it makes for great opportunity to teach them more about this time of year.  Just a word of caution: be prepared for the songs to play out in your head all day – they’re catchy :).

The Turkey

The turkey is a funny bird.
Hook thumbs together and spread fingers to create turkey tail. 

Its head goes wobble, wobble.
Wobble head back and forth.

And all it knows is just one word:
Hold up one finger.

“Gobble, gobble, gobble.”
Make mouth shape with hand, opening and closing it while sounding like a turkey.

Five Little Turkeys

by Dianne de Las Casas

Copyright 2008 The Story Connection

Five little turkeys having some fun (snap fingers and dance)

The first one says, “Thanksgiving’s begun!” (Hold up pointer finger to make number one.  Open arms and make a surprised face.”

The second one says, “Let’s hide far away!”  (Hold up two fingers.  Cover face with hands.)

The third one says, “But I want to play!”  (Hold up three fingers.  Make an American sign language Y (extend pinky and thumb with fingers between folded down) with both hands and wiggle around.)

The fourth one says, “The hunter is coming!” ( Hold up four fingers.  Place both hands on face and look shocked.)

The fifth one says, “We better start running!” (Hold up five fingers.  Make a running motion.)

“Yum!” Says the hunter.  (Rub tummy with hand in circular  motion.)

Ready for a bite (Make biting motion and sound with mouth.)

But five little turkeys waddle out of sight  (Wiggle hips and flap folded arms.)

 

Did You Ever See a Turkey?
(to the tune of “Did You Ever See a Lassie?”)

Did you ever see a turkey,
A turkey, a turkey,
Did you ever see a turkey
Run this way and that?
He runs, and he runs,
And he runs, and he runs!.
To keep from being dinner on Thanksgiving Day!

 

If You’re Thankful and You Know It
to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re thankful and you know it, stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it, stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it, stomp your feet.

If you’re thankful and you know it, shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it, shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it, shout “I am!”

If you’re thankful and you know it, do all three.
If you’re thankful and you know it, do all three.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it, do all three.

I’m a little Indian
Tune: I’m a Little Tea Pot

I’m a little Indian on the go,
Here is my arrow and here is my bow.
When I go out hunting, hear me shout-
Bear and Buffalo better watch out.

 

Little Pilgrim
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Little Pilgrim clothed in gray
On that first Thanksgiving Day,
Little Indian clothed in brown
Come to visit Plymouth Town,
Side by side they ate and prayed
On that first Thanksgiving Day.

I think it’s appropriate to say that I am thankful for music and finger plays!  :-)

Aubrey

p.s. that cute little turkey came from MeinLilaPark, there’s a card to go with it!

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VickiT November 15, 2012 at 7:30 am

Those are all so cute. Thank you for these because I’d forgotten some of them and others I’d not seen before. With our 9 month old Granddaughter living with us for awhile these will be fun for her to watch us ‘singing’ them to her.

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