story time

Thanksgiving Story Time

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Song: The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus round and round
All through the town

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish //
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep //
The people on the bus go up and down //
The babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah //
The people on the bus go shh, shh, shh

Book: Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland; illustrated by Sonja Lamut

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Action Rhyme: The Turkey
The turkey is a funny bird (hook hands together and create a turkey tail)
Its head goes wobble, wobble. (wobble head)
And all it knows is just one word: (hold up one finger)
Gobble, gobble, gobble!
Source: Perry Public Library

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Book: Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

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Action Rhyme/Song: I’m a Turkey (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
I’m a turkey, big and fat. (spread arms out)
I spread my tail, I walk like that. (fan fingers in turkey tail, waddle back and forth)
Each day’s corn I will not miss, (rub tummy)
And when I talk I sound like this:
Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!

Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Flannel: Five Little Turkeys
Five little turkeys standing by the door,
One waddled off and then there were four.
Four little turkeys under a tree,
One waddled off and then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off and then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,
One waddled off and then there was one.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving Day!
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes; illustrated by Doris Barrette

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Song: Alice the Camel
Alice the Camel has five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
So go Alice go
Four // Three // Two // One
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
‘Cause Alice is a horse

Song: Let’s be Thankful for this Day (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Let’s be thankful for this day,
For our friends and for our play.
Let’s be thankful, let’s be glad,
For our food and the things we have.
Let’s give thanks to you and me,
And our home and family.
Source: 123Holiday.net

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Notes: This turned out to be a pretty quick story time of 25 minutes. I usually like to go about 30 minutes so in the future I’d add a few more songs or wiggles. Or an extra shaker song since the kids love them so much. Any suggestions?

Also, I don’t like Thanksgiving books about killing turkeys or about first feast (because so much of it is white-washed, stereotypical, and historically incorrect and I just don’t want to get into the whole thing) so it’s difficult to find books for this holiday. I had a hard time finding ones that weren’t too long so we ended up with two that were very short and sweet. I was hoping to find a book about volunteering or giving back to the community but I couldn’t find anything the right length with that theme either! I’ll try again next year …

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