Thanksgiving Songs and Poems to Teach Your Kids

The older I get the more I love the simplicity of Thanksgiving. It has become my favorite holiday because of its relative ease: cook, eat, watch football, eat some more. There's no hassle to buy gifts, put on costumes, decorate the house, and send out cards. There's plenty of family togetherness and room to make the day your own by playing board games, running in a Turkey Trot, or going to the movies. Yet, as a mom and teacher, the one thing that irritated me about the holiday was the lack of fun, catchy songs to teach the kids. Fortunately, over the years, I found several that are fantastic and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's face:

I'm Glad I'm Not a Turkey

(tune: "Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?")

I'm glad I'm not a turkey, a turkey, a turkey.
I'm glad I'm not a turkey 
On Thanksgiving Day.

They stuff you and bake you
And then they all taste you.

I'm glad I'm not a turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

We Eat Turkeys

(tune: "Are You Sleeping, Brother John?")

We eat turkeys.
We eat turkeys.
Oh, so good!
Oh, so good!
Only on Thanksgiving
Only on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum, yum

****Change turkeys to other foods eaten on Thanksgiving: cranberries, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie.

Albuquerque Is a Turkey

(Tune: "Darling Clementine")

Albuquerque is a turkey,
And he's feathered and he's fine.
And he wobbles, and he gobbles,
And he's absolutely mine.

He's the best pet that you can 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.

A Turkey Poem

 A turkey is a bird with a head
that can wobble (move head up and down).

He says only one thing:
"Gobble, gobble, gobble!"

For more fun fall activities with your kids

Your whole family will love this hilarious book about a turkey who disguises himself to avoid getting eaten on Thanksgiving.

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