Feed the Turkey Alphabet Game

Let’s get ready for Thanksgiving! As we prepare for the holiday season, it’s a great opportunity to engage children in exciting learning activities. Our Feed the Turkey alphabet game is one of those Thanksgiving activities for preschoolers that not only provides fun but also stimulates their cognitive development. 

This turkey game is designed to make learning the alphabet an exciting adventure. Your little one will be delighted to follow your instructions and feed the turkey the correct pumpkin pie. 

Isn’t it a great way to combine holiday spirit and education? Make sure to add this game to your literacy centers during the month of November. 

Not only will this great game help kids learn and reinforce their knowledge of the alphabet, but also it fosters important skills such as listening, comprehension, and fine motor skills. 

Don’t miss these free preschool printables! They’re perfect for your Thanksgiving or turkey-themed lesson plans!

Feed the Turkey Alphabet Game

This printable Thanksgiving activity is a fun way to teach or reinforce the alphabet in your preschool or kindergarten classroom or homeschool.

While this activity does require a bit of preparation, it can be used at home or in the classroom to work on letter recognition or beginning sounds.​

Trying to find a unique and engaging way to teach the alphabet is often a challenge. But, when you add this educational activity to your lesson plans, it’s sure to be a hit. It’s the perfect hands-on way to practice letter recognition this holiday season.

Preparing the Activity

I suggest printing the pages on cardstock and laminating them for durability.

Then, cut out the turkey face including the mouth. Cut out all 26 pumpkin pies, as well.

Completing the Activity

Place the turkey face on the table. You could also glue it to the top of an empty oatmeal canister or shoebox, as well. Just remember to cut out the turkey’s mouth.

Then, shuffle the pumpkin pies and spread them out on the table in front of your child.

Now, call out a letter of the alphabet and have your child feed it to the turkey. You could also call out a beginning sound and have your child find the correct letter card.

Or, you can call out the name of an object, and have your child listen for the beginning letter sounds to determine which card to feed the turkey.

Preschool Books About Thanksgiving

Now that we’ve delved into an engaging Thanksgiving-themed activity, let’s explore the world of literature with our little ones. Introducing, our specially curated list of preschool books about Thanksgiving

These books are teeming with delightful stories and vibrant illustrations about the holiday, making reading a fun and educational experience. They are perfect for fostering an early love of reading in your young children while teaching them about the history and traditions of Thanksgiving.

How to Catch a TurkeyTurkey Trouble10 Fat Turkeys


How to Catch a Turkey – A turkey is running loose in a school right before a Thanksgiving play. Can YOU help catch it? Follow along as students turn their school upside down trying to catch the turkey, ending with a twist that ensures no turkeys are harmed (or eaten!).

Turkey Trouble – Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main course. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead? 

10 Fat Turkeys – Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. 

Thanksgiving Crafts for Preschoolers

If you need more Thanksgiving activities to engage your little ones, why not try one of these fun ideas?

Engaging in craft activities is not only a fun way to keep little hands busy, but it also helps children to improve their creativity, motor skills, and cognitive abilities.

Here are some easy and enjoyable Thanksgiving-themed crafts for preschoolers.

Paper Plate Turkeys: These are simple to make and require basic materials like a paper plate, construction paper, glue, and googly eyes. Kids can create colorful feathers using pieces of construction paper and make their own little turkeys.

Thanksgiving Tree: A thankful tree craft that encourages gratitude. Children can cut out leaves from colored paper and write something they’re grateful for on each leaf. These leaves can then be attached to twigs in a vase to create a Thanksgiving tree. Then, you can read what’s written on the leaves during Thanksgiving dinner as a reminder of all you’re thankful for. 

3. Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cup: This pilgrim hat craft is not only fun to create but also functional. Kids can decorate paper cups with black and gold construction paper to resemble a pilgrim’s hat. This can then be used as a cute holder for crayons or markers.

4. Handprint Turkeys: A classic turkey activity that children love. Kids can trace their hand on a piece of paper, and the fingers become the turkey’s feathers while the thumb becomes the head. This craft is particularly cherished because it captures the size of your child’s hand at that age.

Encourage your children to try out these creative ideas this Thanksgiving season. It’s a great way to keep them engaged and helps to bring out their creative side. Plus, these crafts can serve as cute, meaningful keepsakes for years to come.

Teaching Resources

Do you smell that? Is it fall or your new pumpkin pie play dough kit. This homemade pumpkin scented play dough kit is perfect as a party favor, holiday goody bag or even a fun activity at home.

Welcome autumn and encourage creativity in your children with this fall-themed felt creations busy bag. Practice counting and exploring patterns as you put on the turkey’s feathers.

In the end, both the activities and the books we’ve recommended not only make learning the letters of the alphabet fun and engaging for your preschoolers, but they also imbibe the spirit of the holiday – Thanksgiving.

From feeding the turkey the right alphabet pies to enjoying delightful Thanksgiving tales, each of these activities and books is designed to bring out the joy, warmth, and unity that this holiday stands for.

So, as we approach Thanksgiving, let’s celebrate the essence of this wonderful time with our little ones, nurturing their growth and curiosity.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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