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 came to class.
- When the song is over, the cook gets 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 until all of the turkeys are found, or you run out of time. 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!