The Book - 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
There will be serious, moral, and educational books about Thanksgiving to come, so I thought I'd start off with a completely silly, nonsensical story. 10 turkeys take turns showing off their stuff (rollerskating, dancing, vine-swinging...) and each fall off of the fence on which they are sitting. The rhymes are cute and tongue-twisty, the illustrations adorable, and the turkey-antics sure to please the toddler or preschooler in your life!
The Craft/Snack - Turkey Apples
Surprise your kids with a healthy - and adorable - snack, or have them create their own. I've seen these pop up on the web, most recently from Marie at Makes and Takes - how on earth was she able to thread popcorn on the toothpicks? - and knew we had to make our own. So I scoured our cupboards and poured likely toppings into bowls.
Little Page adorned her toothpicks with cheerios, craisins, raisins, and marshmallows. That left one empty toothpick. She insisted on my finding a fifth topping and when popcorn didn't work, we turned to goldfish. Having filled all five tail "feathers", I cut a toothpick in half and added mini marshmallows and raisin pieces for eyes. Then I stuck toothpicks in the front and one in the back to stabilize the turkey. Finally I could use at least a couple pieces of that batch of popcorn!
I thought we were finished, but Little Page said a turkey needs a beak and a "waddle". (Did you know it was called a waddle? Clearly they've been learning about turkeys in school.) A goldfish worked for the nose and a craisin filled in for the waddle.
After I put the girls down for a nap, I looked at my turkey and decided Little Page was right. It at least needed a beak. I think the candy corn works better, don't you?
Gobble, gobble! Gulp!