Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday. There's no big hype leading up to it, no presents, just, family, food and fun!! I wish Christmas was celebrated this way too! Anyway... I mentioned this Turkey rhyme/activity from Mommy and Me Book Club blog in my Thanksgiving post last year. I like it because it's versatile. It can be done with colored turkeys (I use felt Ellison diecuts) to be added to the board by the presenter or the children. It can also be done with a file folder! There's lots to discuss with this rhyme! Here's a link to a Google doc of the rhyme that you could print out. Going On a Turkey Hunt!
I guess you can't take the preschool teacher out of the girl. LOL. Here's a learning game/activity that I made with some foam shapes and the copier. I just put the pieces on the glass and laid a white paper behind them and printed them on yellow paper then laminated it on a piece of brown construction paper. The copy was not in color. It was interesting to see how some children approached this. I used this when I taught preschool, but it could be a quiet activity for the early birds to do while waiting for storytime to start. I've also made matching games with diecut shapes and seasonal stickers that I laminate and cut out and offer to the kiddos. So easy and fun too.
I also have a very simple craft/Home extension that is super easy prep and the children really like it. I show the kiddos my finished turkey before I hand out the turkey body and let the children pick 5 colored "feathers" for their turkey's tail. I suggest to the caregivers that the turkey can be attached to a toilet paper roll and will stand up. I have programmed a sheet of paper with 3 of the turkey bodies so that I can stack and cut out several of them at a time. Prep for the week for 5 storytimes can take maybe 30 min. or an hour. Easy, Peasy!! Since the feathers are so easy to cut 3 or 4 at a time, I cut out A LOT and spread them out on one of our small tables. This craft involves counting and decision making and the children have some control by choosing the colors they want. I give the caregivers a little pep talk before I do this by telling them that making choices (within reason and when appropriate) builds connections in the brain and helps the kiddos learn to have self control. Having fun and building a brain...pretty amazing!
Going on a Turkey Hunt is a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!
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