Thanksgiving – Toddler Storytime

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone!  We celebrated last week at our toddler storytime, and here’s what we did.

SONG: Welcome Song

MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun: songs and rhymes from the parent-child Mother Goose program by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

LETTER FLANNELBOARD:
T is for Turkey (and Thanksgiving)
Letter-Flannelboard-T-jeninthelibrary

Today we reviewed the sound the letter T makes, drew it with our fingers, and talked about a tree, a teddy bear, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a train, and a turkey!

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

BOOK:
Over the River and Through the Wood by Child pictures by Westcott
Over the River and Through the Wood: A Song for Thanksgiving by Lydia Maria Child, pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel

COUNTING FLANNELBOARD:
Turkeys
8-Turkeys-jeninthelibrary
We counted 8 turkeys.

Sing:
It’s counting time, it’s counting time
so let’s all count while I put these in a line.

Then we count the whatevers as they go up.

Sing:
It’s counting time, it’s counting time
so let’s all count as they go bye-bye

FLANNELBOARD:
Turkey Feathers
Turkey-Feathers-Flannelboard-jeninthelibrary
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!

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: The Itsy Bitsy Spider*

BOOK:
Hill-Spot's_Thanksgiving
Spot’s Thanksgiving by Eric Hill

MOVEMENT: Two Little Blackbirds*

VIDEO:
Max and Ruby's Halloween DVD

“Max’s Thanksgiving” from Max & Ruby’s Halloween

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
where-is-babys-turkey-9781534400894_lg Levine-This_is_the_Turkey Dewdney-Llama_Llama_Gives_Thanks All for Pie and Pie for All Thankful Book by Parr

Book: Where is Baby’s Turkey? by Karen Katz
Book: This is the Turkey by Abby Levine, illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye
Book: Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney
Book: All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
Book: The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Toddler – November 25, 2014
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Toddler – November 20, 2012

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I thought that by singing the book Over the River and Through the Wood that might keep the toddler’s attention a little better than just reading.  I think maybe I should have just chosen a shorter book, which is why I picked Spot’s Thanksgiving for my second read.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  27 people      11 am: 24 people

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

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