Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving early in our storytimes!  (Sorry I didn’t get this posted before Turkey Day!)

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Turkey” and “Thank You”

BOOK:
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Markes
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
Turkey Feathers
Turkey Feathers Flannelboard
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)
Feathers!
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?
A rainbow!

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:
where-is-babys-turkey-9781534400894_lg
Where is Baby’s Turkey
 by Karen Katz

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
This Little Piggy
This Little Piggy Flannelboard

This little piggy went to market (wiggle baby’s first finger or toe)
This little piggy stayed home (wiggle baby’s second finger or toe)
This little piggy ate roast beef (wiggle baby’s third finger or toe)
This little piggy ate none (wiggle baby’s fourth finger or toe)
And this little piggy went “wee, wee, wee” all the way home.
(wiggle baby’s last finger or toe)

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Hill-Spot's_Thanksgiving Dewdney-Llama_Llama_Gives_Thanks

Book: Spot’s Thanksgiving by Eric Hill
Book: Llama Llama Gives Thanks

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime (November 25, 2014)
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime (November 20, 2012)

HOW IT WENT:
Whenever I have storytime the week of Thanksgiving I use this theme.  It hasn’t changed much from year to year (as you can see if you click on the links to my other Thanksgiving theme).

When I read Thanks for Thanksgiving with the infants, I always skip over a couple of the rhyming couplets to make it shorter.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

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