Story Time

Thanksgiving
Submitted by: Penny Atkinson, Freeman
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Thank You, Thanksgiving by:David Milgrim
A young girl walks from her home to a town store to buy a carton of whipping cream for her family's pumpkin pie. She points out some of the people, places, and things she's thankful for as she walks to the store and back home. This book has wonderfully vivid illustrations and simple text.
Thanks for Thanksgiving by:Julie Markes
Detailed watercolor illustrations show foods, people, and everyday activities for which we can be thankful.
Songs
If You're Thankful and You Know It
Adaptation of traditional song
to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you're thankful and you know it, clap your hands.
If you're thankful and you know it, clap your hands.
If you're thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're thankful and you know it, clap your hands.

If you're thankful and you know it, stomp your feet.
If you're thankful and you know it, stomp your feet.
If you're thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're thankful and you know it, stomp your feet.

If you're thankful and you know it, shout "I am!"
If you're thankful and you know it, shout "I am!"
If you're thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're thankful and you know it, shout "I am!"

If you're thankful and you know it, do all three.
If you're thankful and you know it, do all three.
If you're thankful and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're thankful and you know it, do all three.

Source: http://www.theholidayzone.com/thanks/songs.html
The First Thanksgiving
Sung to the tune "Twinkle, Twinkle"

Pick the corn and pick the beans,
Pick the squash and other greens
It is harvest time you see
Come and share a feast with me.
Bring your family out to play,
We'll call this Thanksgiving Day

Source:
http://www.preschooleducation.com/sthanksgiving.shtml
Craft
Fingerprint Indian Corn Craft: http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/fall/fingerprint-corn-craft.asp

What you'll need:

Yellow and green construction paper
Printable corn template
Scissors
White glue
Red, orange, yellow, and white washable paint.
How to make your Fingerprint Indian Corn Craft:
Print our corn template and cut the pieces out. Trace the corn piece onto yellow construction paper, and the husk piece onto green construction paper. Cut both pieces out.
Glue the corn piece onto the husk piece.
Have your children dip their fingers into the paint and dot the different colors onto the corn. This works best if you can convince them to use one color at a time, but looks just as cute if they all get smeared together too!

***I used this craft for an afterschool craft program. The children and adults really enjoyed it. I used the template to give the children a choice in "colors" of the corn shape (different shades of yellow or beige) and stalks (green or brown). I had three stations set up so that they could fingerpaint the Indian corn, use magic markers for the corn, or glue on balled up tissue paper in Indian corn colors. The fingerpaint method was definitely the most popular!