I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson
The old lady swallows a pie. You know the rest. I do not read all the repeating lines in order to shorten the story.
The Ugly Pumpkin (Or in my version: The Bumpy Pumpkin) by Dave Horowitz. The bumpy pumpkin is really a squash. The other pumpkins are pretty mean to him so I change or skip most of the text and make it an upbeat story.
Why do I love this book? Because I buy cool bumpy gourds every year and let the kids all touch them.
"Turkey Wore His Red Feather"
I LOVE programming during the holidays because attendance is low enough that I can do activities like this!! Each child picked a feather and did a fabulous job waiting until I called their color and they came up to put feathers on the turkey.
As they brought the feathers up, I sang "Turkey wore his red feather, red feather, red feather / Turkey wore his red feather all day long" etc. for all the colors.
Bibbity Boppity Boo -- Turkey style
I came up with this game (it's floating around on the Internet without my name attached to it because I shared it on a listserve and was not credited when ideas were compiled). It's easy and can work with any animal / thing really.
Each kid got a flannel turkey (I buckled down in front of the TV and made 40 of them last year) and we moved them around our bodies.
"Bibbity Boppity Boo - A turkey sat on my shoe"
"Bibbity Boppity Bed - A turkey sat on my head" etc
"She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" - because she reminds me of the lady who swallowed a pie!
"Turkey Trot" (Gosh! I don't know who to credit).
Oh you turkey to the left
You turkey to the right
You heel toe heel toe
And you scratch with all your might
You flap your turkey wings
As your head goes bobble, bobble, bobble
You turn around and then you say, "Gobble, gobble, gobble."
Of course Turkey trotted with us
Apparently I am the only one with nostalgic memories of this from elementary school, but the parents all sang along and the kids got the "gobble gobble" refrain down. The held on to the little flannel turkeys to dance with.
Game: "Mouse View" I created this game a few years ago. I printed close-ups of various Thanksgiving foods and the kids guess what they are.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!