T is for Turkey and Thanksgiving – Tot School – 15 months, 8 months

So E is about 15 months, and Fairley is about 8 months. Most of what I’m planning is for E, but Fairley loves to join in the fun, too, so I try to adapt most activities so that she can also participate. Here’s our plan for the month of November. (Unless otherwise noted, all ideas are credited to this website.)

Bible Verse: need book/lesson

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good…”
Psalm 107:1

Color Focus: Brown (and other fall colors)

-Mix orange and green to make brown and paint a turkey. 

-Turkey color book (Includes all colors and is part of the link at the bottom of this post.)

Letter Focus: Tt

-T Painting – Cut out a “T” from white paper or cardstock. Use something that starts with the letter “T” as a tool to paint the letter. (toothbrush)

Book: look up at library – http://astore.amazon.com/themebooks-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=12

Music (Mondays): – Grooveshark Playlist

Turkey Trot
To the tune of the Hokey Pokey, sing this song:
You put your right wing in,
You put your right wing out,
You put your right wing in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the turkey trot
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!
Additional verses: Left wing (left arm), drumsticks (legs), stuffing (tummy),
wattle (head), tail feathers (bottom), turkey body (whole self).

Gobbly, Wobbly Turkeys – 

(tune:  Ten Little Indians)

One little, two little, three little turkeys,

Gobbly, wobbly, bobbly turkeys,

It’s Thanksgiving Day!

Art Exploration (Tuesdays):

Corn Painting – Use a corn cob as a paint roller to create paintings.

Turkey handprint – Paint child’s thumb and palm brown. Paint fingers red, yellow, and orange. Press down onto paper.

This poem is a great addition to the turkey:
This isn’t just a turkey
As anyone can see
I made it with my hand
Which is a part of me
It comes with lots of love
Especially to say
I hope you have a very
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Science/Sensory (Wednesdays):

Turkey Baster Water Table-
Place 2 pans on a table. Fill one pan halfway with water. (You could also add
some food coloring!) Give your child a large turkey baster. Demonstrate how
to use a baster. Tell your child that the game is to transfer water from one
pan into the other pan using the baster. This is excellent practice for
developing fine motor skills!
Popcorn Kernel Sensory Tub-
(Be sure that children doing this activity will not try to eat popcorn kernels!)
Give child a tub full of popcorn kernels and different sizes of funnels and
measuring spoons.

Continue using pumpkin playdoh

Use our pumpkin seeds for a sensory bin

Math (Thursdays):

Counting using books like this – Five Silly Turkeys

Counting and sorting feathers

Snack: Turkey/cheese tortilla roll-ups

ExtrasThis is also a great packet that I might be able to use during this unit. (The preparation/execution is a little more intensive, so we may or may not get to it.)

-Contact Paper Thanksgiving Placemats

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