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The Best Thanksgiving Poems for Kids
Get your kids ready for the holiday with the best Thanksgiving Poems for Kids.
Yes, friends, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Time for turkey crafts, turkey facts for kids, turkey books, turkey songs and fingerplays, turkey math, turkey hunts, and, well…..I think you get the point! It’s time to be thankful and learn all about turkeys.
There is a lot of American history to be taught surrounding Thanksgiving. However, when teaching little kids about Thanksgiving, it’s important to keep it basic and fun.
Let them be kids, and enjoy waddling around like a turkey, talk about their favorite foods, share what they are thankful for, and learn about the Pilgrims and Indians.
The following poems can be your poem of the week in November, or anchor your cute turkey lessons and activities for emergent readers.
The kids get caught up in the silliness, rhyme, and repetition of the cute poems, while you get caught up watching as they build their fluency and reading strategies.
Five Little Turkeys
Five Little Turkeys standing by a door. One waddled off, and then…
Aside from the skill of counting backwards (one less), can you imagine the predictions this fun turkey poem could lead into?
Since the “Five Little Pumpkins” poem is fresh in their heads, they will love the familiar tune of “Five Little Turkeys”.
It is perfect for a Thanksgiving readers theater or group reading activity. Incorporate math, sequencing, and retelling with this fun printable turkey poem for kids.
Turkey, turkey, look at you! This is a Thanksgiving day poem that is sure to get your kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students laughing while engaged in reading. Yes, even the older kids have a fun time reciting this Thanksgiving poetry.
Although turkey is a tradition at Thanksgiving, this would be a great poem to start a discussion about alternative Thanksgiving meals. Let the kids work in groups to come up with their perfect Thanksgiving dinner menu. I bet pumpkin pie and ice cream will make their lists. You’d be surprised what their family dinner of choice would be. Either way, let’s enjoy the good food, family, and friends.
If you are a kindergarten teacher looking for fun Thanksgiving lessons to do with your kiddos, check out my video, Thanksgiving Activities for Kindergarten
Funny Thanksgiving Poems
If you’re looking for a printable Thanksgiving song or finger plays, Funny Bird is just what your need for your early readers.
Younger children, typically in preschool and PreK, are just learning that a turkey is a bird. This funny poem is a wonderful way for the younger kids to celebrate their first Thanksgiving at school. They will have a great time acting like a turkey, as they gobble and waddle around the room.
Did you know turkey sleep in trees? Help your kiddos learn all about Turkeys and check out my blog post Turkey Facts for Kids.
Thanksgiving Dinner Poem
This Turkey Dinner poem for kids is near and dear to my heart!
My youngest daughter sang this turkey dinner song during her preschool Thanksgiving program.
As you will see in the video below, she belted out the turkey song as loud as her little self could. (I bet you have no problem pointing her out.) This was such a crowd pleaser!
Thanksgiving songs are a great way for kids to celebrate the special day with family and new friends around the dinner table.
Turkey Handprint Poem for Thanksgiving
Saving the best for last, this Thanksgiving turkey hand print poem is perfect to send home as a parent keepsake. Paint your kiddos hand using the colors of your choice, let dry, then send home as a Thanksgiving gift for parents.
If you don’t want to use paint, you can simply have the kids trace their hand using markers. Then, they can color in the turkey feathers whichever Fall colors they want. Laminate, and give to the families for them to keep for a long time. For years to come, they will have a happy Thanksgiving with this poem displayed for the whole family to see.
Thanksgiving Day will soon be here!
It comes around but once a year.
If I could only have my way,
We’d have Thanksgiving every day!
Mr. Turkey, better watch out.
Thanksgiving Day is coming.
If you’re not careful, you’ll end up
In someone’s hungry tummy!
Mr. Turkey, run, run, run/
Please run away and hide.
Mr. Turkey, run, run, run.
Don’t wait around outside!
Turkey in the Barnyard
Turkey in the barnyard. What does he say?
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble all day.
Turkey on the table. What do I say?
Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy all day.
Turkey in my tummy. What do I say?
I ate too much on Thanksgiving Day.
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