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Primary Thanksgiving Turkey

Perfect for Sharing Time or Singing Time

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Singing Time Thanksgiving Turkey

Singing Time Thanksgiving Turkey

Rachel Bruner
Here's a fun Thanksgiving Turkey that is a perfect activity for your Primary to use before Thanksgiving. You can use it for either Singing Time or Sharing Time and can even use it for several weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. (Singing Time and Sharing Time are part of the Sunday primary organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

Preparation: Download and print the Thanksgiving Turkey pdf file below. You will need to print two copies of page four (small tail feathers) and page five (large tail feathers) to make a total of twelve feathers. Cut out each piece. To protect the Primary Thanksgiving Turkey you can laminate it. When putting the Thanksgiving Turkey together place the six large tail feathers at the back with three small tail feathers on the far left and three on the far right.

On the back of each tail feather write a Thanksgiving question that asks something specific. For example, "Name an animal you are thankful for." There's a great list of specific Thanksgiving questions from the Thankful Jar Idea at SugarDoodle.net. If you are using the Thanksgiving Turkey for Singing Time write the name and page of a song you will be practicing. Note: If you laminated the feathers you can use a dry erase marker to write on the back, which will allow you to erase and reuse the feathers for a future Primary activity.

You will also need to decide how you will display the Thanksgiving Turkey. You can attach it to a poster, wall, chalk board, white board, or felt board. There are several ways you can do this; some of the items you can use to attach each piece are: tape, felt, magnet (glued to the back, or regular magnets to temporarily hold each piece onto a black/white board), pins, or tacks.

Next follow the directions below for using this fun Thanksgiving Turkey idea with your LDS primary children in either Sharing Time or Singing Time.

Download and Print: Thanksgiving Turkey (PDF; .5MB)
This Primary Thanksgiving Turkey file contains the following items:
  • 1 turkey head
  • 1 turkey body
  • 1 turkey feet
  • 3 small turkey tail feathers (print twice)
  • 3 large turkey tail feathers (print twice)
Thanksgiving Turkey Created By: Kate Myers
Note: In exchange for this free LDS Primary singing time idea, please share with us where you are from, how many primary children are in your singing time, and something you are thankful for. Please post your answer in the comments: Thanksgiving Turkey

Directions:
There are several different ways you can use the Thanksgiving Turkey during sharing time or singing time. Below are a few ideas for each.
    Thanksgiving Turkey for Sharing Time:
  1. Place the entire Thanksgiving Turkey (including tail feathers) up on a board or poster.
  2. Ask the children what the turkey represents (Thanksgiving).
  3. Tell the children that the most reverent children will get to pick a tail feather.
  4. Teach about the reason for Thanksgiving.
  5. Choose a child to pick a tail feather and answer the question on the back.
  6. Teach why we should be thankful.
  7. Continue teaching until all the Thanksgiving Turkey's tail feathers are gone.
  8. If you run out of time you can start where you left off next week.
  9. Tell the primary children how thankful you are for their help and participation.
    Thanksgiving Turkey for Singing Time:
  1. Place the entire Thanksgiving Turkey (including tail feathers) up on a board or poster.
  2. Ask the children what the turkey represents (Thanksgiving).
  3. Tell the children that the best singers will get to pick a tail feather.
  4. Sing a Primary song.
  5. Choose a child to pick a tail feather and answer the question on the back.
  6. Practice singing the song on the back of the feather.
  7. Continue until all the Thanksgiving Turkey's tail feathers are gone.
  8. If you run out of time you can start where you left off next week.
  9. Tell the primary children how thankful you are for their help and participation.
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