I have a turkey - big and fat (thumbs up and out)
He spreads his tail and walks like that (fan hands - and wobble them)
His daily corn he would not miss (thumbs down pecking the ground)
And when he talks, he sounds like this - (open and close hands to talk)
GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE
Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated by David Catrow - David Catrow is an Ohio -based illustrator and this is a great book to introduce the traditional song -that was originally written to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Greg Shed
For school visits - this craft is just as popular with grades 1-3 - after a read along to We Gather Together by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Linda Bleck
Craft activity - counting out five pre-cut feathers and adhering them to precut body - adhering googly eyes, pre-cut beak and pre-cut waddle. Last step adhering a paper loop that allows our turkey to be used as a table setting or napkin holder.
We plan on closing out the program by teaching the kids the first stanza of the Over the River song - and using our egg shakers to shake out the rhythm.