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Thanksgiving Songs & Rhymes

FAMILIES
 
Some families are large.
Some families are small.
But I love my family
Best of all!

Author Unknown
 
PIES IN THE OVEN

 
Pies in the oven
Yum, yum, yum.
I can smell them
Oh, what fun!

One is pumpkin,
One is berry.
They will make
Thanksgiving merry!

Pies in the oven
Yum, yum, yum.
Soon, they’ll be in my
Tum, tum, tum!
Jean Warren

THANKSGIVING’S COME
Tune: “Frere Jacques”
 
It is Thanksgiving.
It is Thanksgiving.
Oh, what fun
For everyone.
 
Friends and family near,
Filled with holiday cheer.
Oh, what fun.
Thanksgiving’s come!
Jean Warren
 
HELPING AT THANKSGIVING

 
Who will sweep the floor?
That's something I know. (Child makes sweeping motions)
Who will help bake pies?
I'm great at kneading dough. (Child makes kneading motions)

Who will pick the flowers?
I hope my mom picks me. (Child makes picking motions)
Who will fold the napkins?
I'm very good you see. (Child makes folding motions)

Who will mash potatoes?
I think that I'm the one. (Child makes mashing motions)
Who will taste the turkey?
Thanksgiving's so much fun? (Child pretends to eat turkey leg)

Who will greet the guests?
I know it will be me. (Child makes hand shaking motions)
Because I love to greet
My whole big family! (Child hugs self)
Jean Warren

PLAYING ON THE BED
 
Four little kids
On Thanksgiving Day,
Went up to a bedroom
So that they could play
 
The four little kids started jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
He ran to his mother and his mother said,
"No more kids jumping on the bed!"

Three little kids started wiggling on the bed.
One fell off and bumped her head.
She ran to her mother and her mother said,
"No more kids wiggling on the bed!"

Two little kids started rolling on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
He ran to his mother and his mother said,
"No more kids rolling on the bed!"

One little kid, left on the bed.
She got bored and so she said,
"Playing on the bed is not much fun
When you are now the only one!"

Soon it was time for dinner
There were no kids on the bed.
"Happy Thanksgiving,"
Is what they now all said.
Jean Warren
 
 
THE TURKEY PARADE

Tune: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again”

The turkeys are marching into town, hooray, hooray!
They are marching in a Thanksgiving, Day, parade.
Some are short, some are tall.
Some are big, some are small.
Oh, we’re oh so glad, that they could come today.

The turkeys are marching into town, hooray, hooray!
Watch them waddle, as they march, along, our way.
They spread their feather way out, so.
And they gobble, gobble, as they go.
Oh, we’re all so glad, that dinner has come today!
Jean Warren

Have your children act out the Turkey Parade song, with or without costumes. At the end of the song, have the turkeys look surprised and frightened, then turn around and run off gobbling, before they are caught.
 

FOR THANKSGIVING DAY
Have your children pretend to be Indians or Pilgrims getting ready for Thanksgiving while they sing this song.

Tune:  “Mulberry Bush”

This is the way we grind our corn,       
Grind our corn, grind our corn.
This is the way we grind our corn,
For Thanksgiving Day.

This is the way we hunt for food,
Hunt for food, hunt for food.
This is the way we hunt for food,
For Thanksgiving Day.

This is the way we catch some fish,
Catch some fish, catch some fish.
This is the way we catch some fish,
For Thanksgiving Day.

This is the way we kneed our bread
Kneed our bread, kneed our bread.
This is the way we kneed our bread,
For Thanksgiving Day.

 

(Children sit and pretend to grind corn.)

 

(Children walk around looking for berries or hunting for deer.)

 

(Children show how they like to fish)

 

(Children pretend to kneed bread.)