Thanksgiving Songs, Poems & Fingerplays for Kids

Thanksgiving is a traditional North American holiday, which is a form of harvest festival. Here you will find fun, educational and engaging Thanksgiving songs, poems and fingerplays for children.  Our activities are widely used by teachers, moms, dads, child care providers etc. for learning and teaching while being fun for the kids!

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Thanksgiving Songs, Poems and Fingerplays

songs
The Turkey
A turkey I saw on thanksgiving,
Her tail was spread so wide.
Shhh….don’t tell that you’ve seen her,
For she’s running away to hide
(make fist for turkey & spread fingers of other hand for tail, Make a shhh sound)

Albuquerque The Turkey
(Sung to “O’ My Darlin’ Clementine”)
Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
and he’s feathered and he’s fine
and he wobbles and he gobbles
and I’m awfully glad he’s mine.

He’s the best pet you could ever get
better than a dog or cat
Albuquerque, he’s my turkey
and I’m awfully glad of that.

Albuquerque, he’s my turkey
he’s so cozy in his bed
because for our Thanksgiving dinner
we had scrambled eggs instead.

I’m a Little Turkey
(Sung to “I’m A Little Teapot”)

I’m a little turkey,
My name is Ted.
Here are my feathers
Here is my head
Gobble, gobble, gobble,
Is what I say,
Quick! Run! It’s Thanksgiving Day!

Gobble, Gobble
(Sung to “If you’re Happy & You Know It”)
“Gobble, gobble, gobble,gobble”, says the bird-
“Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble”, says the bird.
Mr. Turkey gobble-gobbles
And his head goes wobble-wobble
“Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble”, says the bird.

A Turkey Sat on a Backyard Fence
A turkey sat on a backyard fence
And he sang this sad, sad tune:
“Thanksgiving Day is coming (Gobble,gobble, gobble, gobble)
And I know I’ll be eaten soon!
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
Gobble, gobble,gobble, gobble,
I would like to run away–
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
I don’t like Thanksgiving Day!”

Turkey on the Farm
(Sung to: “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The turkey on the farm says, “Gobble, gobble, gobble.
Gobble, gobble, gobble. Gobble, gobble, gobble.”
The turkey on the farm says, “Gobble, gobble, gobble.”
Thanksgiving Day is near.

The farmer on the farm goes chop, chop, chop.
Chop, chop, chop. Chop, chop, chop.
The farmer on the farm goes chop, chop, chop.
Thanksgiving Day is here.

The turkey on the farm says, “Please help me!
Please help me! Please help me!”
The turkey on the farm says, “Please help me!”
Thanksgiving Day is here.

The children on the farm say, “Come and hide.
Come and hide. Come and hide.”
The children on the farm say, “Come and hide.”
Thanksgiving Day is here.

The wife on the farm looks all around.
Looks all around. Looks all around.
The wife on the farm looks all around.
Thanksgiving Day is here.

The people on the farm eat Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Kentucky Fried Chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The people on the farm eat Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Thanksgiving Day is here.

The turkey on the farm says, “Gobble, gobble, gobble.
Gobble, gobble, gobble. Gobble, gobble, gobble.”
The turkey on the farm says, “Gobble, gobble, gobble.”
Thanksgiving Day has passed.

Ha, Ha, Turkey in the Straw
(Sung to “Skip to My Lou”)
Turkey in the brown straw, ha, ha, ha,
Turkey in the brown straw, ha, ha, ha,
Turkey in the brown straw, ha, ha, ha.
Turkey in the straw, my darling.

Turkey in the white snow, ho, ho, ho,
Turkey in the white snow, ho, ho, ho,
Turkey in the white snow, ho, ho, ho.
Turkey in the snow, my darling.

Turkey in the blue sky, hi, hi, hi,
Turkey in the blue sky, hi, hi, hi,
Turkey in the blue sky, hi, hi, hi.
Turkey in the sky, my darling.

Turkey in the red barn, harn, harn, harn,
Turkey in the red barn, harn, harn, harn,
Turkey in the red barn, harn, harn, harn.
Turkey in the barn, my darling.

Turkey in the yellow corn, horn, horn, horn,
Turkey in the yellow corn, horn, horn, horn,
Turkey in the yellow corn, horn, horn, horn.
Turkey in the corn, my darling.

Turkey in the green tree, hee, hee, hee,
Turkey in the green tree, hee, hee, hee,
Turkey in the green tree, hee, hee, hee.
Turkey in the tree, my darling.

Five Fat Turkeys
Five fat turkeys were sitting on a fence. (One hand up)
The first one said, ‘I’m so immense.’ (Point to thumb)
The second one said, ‘I can gobble at you.’ (Pointer finger)
The third one said, ‘I can gobble, too.’ (Middle finger)
The fourth one said, ‘I can spread my tail.’ (Ring finger)
The fifth one said, ‘Don’t catch it on a nail.’ (Little finger)
A farmer came along and stopped to say (Pointer finger of other hand.)
‘Turkeys look best on Thanksgiving Day.’

My Turkey
I have a turkey, big and fat
He spreads his wings, (Fan hands at hips)
And walks like that (Strut)
His daily corn he would not miss (Pretend to eat corn)
And when he walks, he sounds like this, (‘Gobble, Gobble, Gobble’)

Pilgrim Children
Pilgrim children did not play
on that first Thanksgiving Day
The first chopped wood which he could take
to help his sister cook and bake.
The second took a great big sack,
and brought some nuts, all they could crack.
The third one got a turkey and
she helped to roast it in a pan.
The fourth ground corn to make the bread
The fifth made covers for the bed.
The sixth one brought a pumpkin by
she cut it up to make it pie.
The seventh came and popped some corn.
The eighth fed horses in the barn
the ninth watched food or it might burn,
the tenth churned butter in a churn.
Pilgrim children did not play
On that first Thanksgiving Day.

Little Indians
Five little Indians, on a nice fall day (dance around)
Jumped on their ponies and rode far away(hands on next child,pretend to be ponies)
They galloped in the meadow,and they galloped up a hill,(pretend to gallop)
They galloped so fast,they all took a spill.(pretend to fall off the ponies)

I Am Thankful
I am thankful for pets
I am thankful for school
I am thankful when I
can swim in a pool.

I am thankful for home
and the food that I eat.
I am thankful for all
the new friends that I meet.

I am thankful for health
and for my family.
I’m especially thankful
that I am just me!

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