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If you’re looking for a fun Thanksgiving song to teach your little ones, Five Fat Turkeys is it! This song tells a story about five turkeys who are hiding from a cook so that they don’t end up as somebody’s dinner. I taught this song to kindergarten, and they thought it was so funny to picture the turkeys hiding in a tree!
Five Fat Turkeys game
There’s a really fun game to go along with this song.
Here’s how we played:
- five children were chosen as the turkeys
- one was chosen to be the cook
- the cook sat on the inside of the circle while the turkeys sat outside the circle.
- Everyone would sing the song together.
- After singing the song through one time, the cook tried to catch one of the turkeys.
- Then we’d play the song again, with new players.
Since we’d usually do this song the week of Thanksgiving, I’d let them keep playing until everyone had a turn. They really enjoy being turkeys!
If you have a smaller group, or just one child, you can print off five of these turkeys I made in picmonkey and act out the story. You should be able to resize it easily. You could also use die cut turkeys. For durability, you can print on heavier paper, like cardstock or photo paper. I like to laminate my projects, but I’ve also used contact paper, before getting my laminator at home.
I’m adding an audio clip of this song at the bottom of this post so that you can hear the tune.
A fun book to go along with this song is Ten Fat Turkeys, by Tony Johnston. The turkeys in the story are really silly, just like the turkeys that are hiding from the cook in the song. I love opportunities to practice counting. The phrase “gobble, gobble, wibble wobble” is perfect for adding creative movement or instruments!
I hope you’re able to use this song! I’d love to hear any Thanksgiving favorites at your house, or classroom!