Thursday, November 10, 2016

Get Ready for Thanksgiving With Fun Turkey Songs

Turkeys are large birds, both wild and domestic. The Pilgrims hunted wild turkeys for their Thanksgiving feast and this bird has become a tradition in most American families for this holiday. Turkeys walk with a specific waddle that children love to imitate. Invite the children to pretend to be turkeys as they sing these songs.

How many ways can the Hokey Pokey be adapted? Here is a version for Thanksgiving with plenty of movement.

You put your right wing in (the elbow),
You take your right wing out,
You put your right wing in and you shake it all about.
You do the Turkey Pokey and you wobble all around.
That's what it's all about.

Continue singing and playing this game with these verses:
You put your left wing in...
You put your right leg in...
You put your left leg in...
You put your head in...
You put your whole self in...

This open-ended song emphasizes the sounds that turkeys make and young children love to act out the infamous 'gobble' sound. Sing this turkey song to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot."

I'm a little turkey,
My name is Ted.
Here are my feathers,
Here is my head.
Gobble, gobble, gobble,
Is what I say,
Quick run...It's Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Dinner Song

Today this holiday is celebrated with a feast (just like the first Thanksgiving) with family, relatives and friends. Sing this song about what good food might be on the table. Use the tune of "Are You Sleeping/ Frere Jacques."

Turkey dinner, turkey dinner,
Gather round, gather round.
Who will get the drumstick?
Yummy, yummy drumstick.
All sit down, all sit down.

Cornbread muffins,
Chestnut stuffing,
Pudding pie, ten feet high.
We were all much thinner, before we sat for dinner.
Me, oh my, me, oh my!

All children benefit from experiences with music. It enhances learning especially the child's language development. These Thanksgiving songs for children will enlighten the holidays with fun music and energetic movement.

Note About Songs: Authors Unknown
Photos courtesy of --
Thanksgiving, Kaz/1443 and Turkey Cartoon, GraphicMama-team-225; all CCO Public Domain

You have about two weeks to teach these cute songs to your children. Music puts us into the happy, holiday mood. Don't you think?

Happy Parenting,
Tania :)