Need a engaging song to sing with your primary students this Fall? Five Fat Turkeys is a popular one and here’s a little game I came up with to keep the kids interested, while providing plenty of opportunities to sing as a class.
After teaching the song, I wanted to make it the focal point of my lesson by reinforcing the song through repetition. I still had a drawing of a tree on the whiteboard from an earlier activity and this is the game that developed out of that.
- Draw a tree on the white board and stick 5 turkeys on it with tape or magnets. I used die-cut turkeys.
- Tell the class that they need to close their eyes so the turkeys can hide because, they think some of you are cooks!
- With their eyes closed, take the turkeys off of the board and place them out of sight. Tell the class to open their eyes.
- Choose a student to be the cook. While the class sings the song, the cook walks around and tries to guess where the turkeys are hiding.
- Little do they know that you’ve hidden another set of 5 turkeys under their seats/sit spots before they arrived.
- When the song is over, the cook get 1-3 guesses as to where a turkey may be hiding by pointing to another child’s seat.
- The seated child checks underneath for a turkey. If a turkey is found, that child becomes the cook and the game repeats. If all of the guesses are used up and no turkey is found, you can appoint a new child to be the cook.
Hope your students enjoy this fun, fall song!