Read: “Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers” by Lorna Balian and Lecia Balian
Instructions; For fun drop feathers every time Ol’ Tom loses his feathers and let the children pick them up when the game is done.
Supplies Needed; Scissors and crayons or markers.
Directions; Have children color and cut out "Tom Turkey" and his feathers. As you recite the poem (posted above). Ask the children to drop the feather as you recite the poem.
Materials needed: Paper plate, fake feathers, glue, construction paper brown, orange and red construction paper, scissors, and wiggly eyes.
Directions: cut one shape the size of an avocado, one shape the size of an egg, one size the shape of a small triangle for the beak. Put the large shape on the plate in the center-bottom vertical. Put the next size on top of this shape for the gobbler. Put the triangle at the top of the egg size shape for a beak. Put the wiggly eyes near the triangle. Or, let the children use these shapes any way they think is nice. Let the children glue on as many feathers as they think a turkey should have.
Read: “Mixed Blessing; A Children’s Book About a Multi-Racial Family” by Marsha Cosman and Kyra Kendall
We have created two versions of this rhyme, to illustrate different types of families, Please feel free to edit the poem to suit your students needs.
Materials needed: construction paper, paint, scissors, glue, small picture of the child.
Directions: Have the children make a hand print on a piece of construction paper. Write the title at the top saying, "NAME’s Family” Cut out feathers. Have the children write the name of each person in their family on a feather and glue to the hand. Glue the child’s picture to the thumb (head of the hand turkey).
Read: “Grateful” A Song of Giving Thanks” by John Bucchino and Anna-Lisa Hakkarainen.
Materials needed: a jar, rick-rack, stickers etc., glue, scissors, Chocolate kisses.
Directions: Give each of the children a jar, glue and scissors and decorations. Let them decorate their thankful jar. Send instructions home about how to use the Thankful Jar.
Instrctions: Each day have your child name something they are thankful for, and place a chocolate kiss in the jar. Celebrate by eating the thankful kisses on Thanksgiving.
Spelling stones are a fun Thanksgiving craft and spelling activity rolled into one. Create a challenge by asking “How many words can we make with the word Thanksgiving?” and use your child’s natural competitiveness as fuel for learning. The stones are a great way to teach letters, and also show children how to interchange letters in a word to create other words.
Supplies; stones (dollar store, or foraged stones) , temper paint , a paint brush, paper, and pencil.
Directions; If you use foraged stones, you might need to paint them a solid color. Start by writing out thanksgiving on the stones. We used all uppercase letters so they would be easier to read. We used several layers of temper paint to turn our stones black. These paints are washable so the kids could help, and it was ok if it got on their clothes. Once our primary paint dried, we painted on the letters. We used different colors, and outlined them with a gold art pen.
Once dry, lay out the stones on a flat surface. Explain the challenge to the children. How many words can they make with the letters?