Turkey in the Straw Puppets
Brown construction paper
Plastic drinking straw—one per student
Feathers of various colors
Small googly eyes (optional)
Paper cutter or scissors
Before you do this craft, cut the brown construction paper into strips that are about two inches wide. You will need two strips for every student plus two for you.
Pass out the strips to your students. Show students how to make a big ring with one of the strips and have them do it. This will be the turkey’s body. Go around and staple the students’ ring together. Next, show students how to make a smaller ring and have them do it. This will be the turkey’s head. Go around and staple the smaller ring on top of the bigger ring. Try to staple the body together off to the side so that you will have room to poke a hole for the straw.
After that, use a sharpened pencil to poke a hole in the bottom of the turkey and directly above it through the middle of the turkey. Pass out a straw to each student. Have students push the straw through both holes. Pass out feathers and the bowls of glue. Allow students to glue four of five feathers to the back of their turkeys. If you choose to use them, give each student two small googly eyes and have them glue onto the front of their turkeys. Finally, have them draw and color a beak and wattle under the eyes.
Use this time to teach your students the song, Turkey in the Straw. Here are the lyrics:
Turkey in the hay, in the hay, in the hay.
Turkey in the straw, in the straw, in the straw.
Pick up your fiddle and rosin your bow,
And put on a tune called Turkey in the Straw.
Turkey in the Straw is usually sung to the tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low?
For an easy stage to perform the song, place a fall colored piece of fabric over a table to use as a stage. Allow them to use their turkey puppets to perform the song for other classes or even for parents.