It’s been two years since my last Thanksgiving storytime for this age group, but I used mostly the same books. Why aren’t here more awesome Thanksgiving stories for young ones out there? Do you have any favorites that I’m missing?
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*
10 am: All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
11 am:The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Pattern from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Song from Everything Preschool
Here’s a turkey. (Place the turkey on the flannelboard.)
But he’s missing something! What is he missing? (wait for audience to answer)
What color is this feather? (Bring out the red feather)
Red! That’s right! Let’s put it on the turkey. (Place the feather on the turkey.)
(now sing, to tune of Mary Wore Her Red Dress)
Turkey wore his red feather, red feather, red feather.
Turkey wore his red feather all day long.
(Continue adding color feathers and singing)
Let’s see, what color feathers does turkey have? (rename all the colors)
And what does that make?
MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music
MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider
10 am: The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
11 am: Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child, pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott
MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass
“Max’s Thanksgiving” from Max and Ruby’s Halloween
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette
Flannelboard: We Eat Turkey (you can find it on this post)
Flannelboard: One Whole Pie
Video: “Ruby’s Horn of Plenty” from Max and Ruby: Everybunny Loves Winter!
HOW IT WENT:
I’m thankful that I get to do storytime as part of my job. I seriously have the best career on the planet. Who else gets to have as much fun at work?
I felt like the books I used in the 10 am storytime were a little too long for the group, so I switched things over at the 11 am storytime to use shorter ones. I also need to find a better video — I think Max and Ruby strains the attention span a bit. But it’s hard to find a good Thanksgiving one for toddlers. Maybe something food related?
ATTENDANCE: 10 am: 27 people 11 am: 34 people
* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page