Tricky Turkey Dressing
(Hall Display)

In November I like to send home a family homework project.  I send a brown construction paper turkey outline home with each child with the following note:

Dear Parents,
It's time for Holiday Homework!  Your child is bringing home a construction paper turkey today.  Please cut out the turkey shape and help your child DISGUISE Tom Turkey as a different animal or character in hopes of avoiding being caught for Thanksgiving Day dinner!  Please use any items you find in your home to create your turkey's disguise.  Some suggestions for disguising the turkey may be: a sheep, a cat, Superman, a pilgrim or Indian, etc.  Please return these turkeys sometime during the first week in November.  Good Luck and enjoy working on this project with your child. 

Sincerely,
The Kindergarten Teachers



When the turkeys are returned I hang them in the hall with this caption:

~~My name is Tom Turkey and I'm afraid as can be!~~
~~I'm wearing my disguise so you won't catch me!~~


Traditional Turkey Dressing
(Hall Display)

This is a variation of the above activity for those who want a more "traditional" looking turkey display.  These turn out very pretty!


Dear Parents,
It's time for Holiday Homework!  Your child is bringing home a construction paper turkey today.  Please cut out the turkey shape and help your child decorate Tom Turkey. Please use any items you find in your home to create your turkey's disguise.  Some suggestions for decorating  the turkey may be: real feathers, cereal pieces, candy pieces, dry  beans, popcorn kernels, or any other creative idea you can think of!   Please return these turkeys sometime during the first week in November.  Good Luck and enjoy working on this project with your child. 

Sincerely,
The Kindergarten Teachers



When the turkeys are returned I hang them in the hall with this caption:

~~My name is Tom Turkey and I'm cold as can be~~
~~Please put some decorative feathers on me~~


Turkey Treats

1 vanilla wafer
1 rolo candy, (unwrapped)
5 candy corn pieces
1 malted milk ball
1 red hot candy
chocolate frosting

Spread a layer of frosting on the top of the vanilla wafer.

Place a rolo in the frosting  on the middle to bottom area of the cookie.  Then turn the cookie on its side.

Arrange the candy corn (feathers) in a semi-circle around the rolo.

Use a bit of frosting to attach the malted milk ball to the rolo (for the head), and the red hot to the malted milk ball (for the wattle).


Feather Match
Center Activity

To make each activity,  program 1 paper plate with dot stickers (Garage sale dots) in  a semi-circle shape around paper plate. Draw or glue a turkey face in the middle of each plate. Write a lowercase letter on each dot.  Program matching clothes pins with a matching capital letter on each clothes pin.  Students then clip matching pins to correct dots.  This can also be done with numbers to 10 and their matching number sets.  Colored clothes pin are cute to use for this center activity.  Store clothes pins in a plastic bag or juice can.
Number Recognition
Center Activity

Color and cut out 10 turkey patterns.
Program each turkey with a different number on it's tummy.
Then cut out many construction paper feathers.  Place the turkeys and the feathers in a storage box.  A child will choose a turkey, read the number and arrange the corresponding number of feathers behind the body.
This could also be done in a large group activity where students take turns choosing a turkey and another student supplies the right number of feathers as the class counts in unison.
Turkeys from little Tootsies
(Art Project)

Needed:
Brown Tempra Paint mixed with a bit of liquid soap.
1 pan (large enough for children to step in but not too deep)
Wash tub on floor and filled with warm soapy water.  Paper towels needed for drying feet.

Have each child step one bare foot into the paint pan and then step on a large 8 1/2 by ll sheet of paper.  Allow paint to dry. 

Later, with the toes facing down, draw or paint feathers (or glue construction paper feathers) around the foot.  Draw two eyes (or glue on the little, movable eyes) and glue a construction paper, orange, diamond below the eyes to resemble a beak.

A fun and festive fall art activity!

GOBBLE, GOBBLE SONG
Sung to the tune:  Pop Goes the Weasle

A turkey is a funny bird,

His head goes wobble, wobble.

He knows just one funny word--

It's Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

Source:  Unknown
Mr. Turkey
Sung to the tune:  If You're Happy and You Know It

Hello, Mr. Turkey, how are you? (snap,snap)

Hello, Mr. Turkey, how are you? (snap, snap)

With a gobble, gobble, gobble,

And a wobble,wobble, wobble,

Hello, Mr. Turkey, how are you? (snap, snap)


Source:  Unknown
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Happy Thanksgiving!