Gobble, gobble… it’s nearly Turkey Time! Today’s storytime was all about birds (including lovable–delicious?– turkeys.)

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

Read-aloud #1: Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
*Song: Hello, Mr. Turkey
Fingerplay: Mr. Turkey Went Out One Day
Read-aloud #2: Wow! said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
**Flannel: Mr. Turkey’s Feathers
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Blackbirds
Read-aloud #3: Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems
Fingerplay: Five Fat Sausages
***Flannel: Five Hungry Pilgrims
Read-aloud #4 (Story Cards): The Enormous Carrot
Fingerplay: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Action Song: Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
Action Rhyme: I Clap My Hands
Dancing Song (with shakers!): “I Know a Chicken” from Laurie Berkner’s Whaddaya Think of That?

Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Hello Mr. Turkey (to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It):
Hello, Mr. Turkey
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you?
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you?
With a gobble, gobble, gobble
and a wobble, wobble, wobble
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you?

**Mr. Turkey’s Feathers
(Make a flannel of a turkey sans feathers. Also make red, blue, green, orange, yellow, purple, black, white and brown feather pieces to add to the turkey as the rhyme progresses.)
Mr. Turkey was so sad,
He lost the feathers he once had.
Now he wants us to help him find
All the feathers of his kind.
We will look both high and low,
We will find them, don’t you know.
Here’s a RED one and a BLUE,
Look, we’ve found a GREEN one, too.
Here’s an ORANGE one and a YELLOW,
Soon he’ll be a feathered fellow.
Now we’ve found the PURPLE one,
BLACK and WHITE, we’re almost done.
If we just look up and down.
I know we’ll find the feather BROWN.
Now Mr. Turkey is so glad,
For we have found the feathers he once had!

***Five Hungry Pilgrims (Source unknown)
Five hungry pilgrims were in a grumpy mood.
The first one said, “I’m ready for some food!”
The second one said, “Some turkey would be nice.”
The third one said, “Or a pumpkin pie slice.”
The fourth one said, “Mashed potatoes, please.”
The fifth one said, “And some nice green peas!”
With a chew and a gulp and a munch, munch, munch,
The five little pilgrims were a happy bunch.

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