Have children use brown tempera paint to paint one of their palms and fingers. Each child should then carefully press his or her entire palm -- with fingers spread out -- onto a piece of yellow or orange construction paper. After children wash their hands, let each child use a brush to paint a turkey neck and head onto the end of the print of his or her thumb. Children can use black paint to add eyes and a beak. Then give children a copy of this poem, which they can glue onto the paper with their hand turkeys.
Thanksgiving Day was very near,
Tom Turkey felt a certain fear.
He ran out of the barnyard gate,
Hoping to dodge an awful fate.
As Tom ran quickly past the bay,
Some people thought they heard him say,
"I'll be very far away - so-o-o
Have pizza on Thanksgiving Day!!"
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