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Turkey Finger Puppets

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These cute and easy-to-decorate puppets will keep little fingers wiggling while the big turkey is cooking. The accompanying poem is a great way to reinforce numbers learning and rhyming.
Turkey Finger Puppets
What You’ll Need
  • Yellow or orange rubber glove
  • Adhesive dots or glue
  • Craft feathers
  • Self-adhesive wiggle eyes*

*These can be a choking hazard for children under age 4; close adult supervision is a must.

What to Do
  1. Cut the fingers from the glove.
  2. Use adhesive dots or glue to attach feathers to each glove finger.
  3. On the opposite side, attach wiggle eyes.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each puppet.
  5. Put the puppets on your fingers and act out the rhyme:

 

Five little turkeys at the barn door.

One ran away and then there were four.

Four little turkeys under a tree.

One ran away and then there were three.

Three little turkeys playing “Skip to My Lou.”

One ran away and then there were two.

Two little turkeys, sitting in the sun.

One ran away and then there was one.

One little turkey having no more fun.

He ran away, and then there were none.

 

Extend the fun

Younger kids: Use this rhyme to help your child practice counting down from five. First, say the whole rhyme with your child a few times. Then say the rhyme and pause when you reach a number. Ask him to say each number when you come to it. Then if that’s easy, let him fill in the word that rhymes with each number.

Older kids: Encourage your child to make up her own turkey adventure story. If she’s hesitant to start, take turns saying lines. Or if she’s more of a visual learner, write out the rhyme on a piece of paper and leave a blank space where she can fill in her own words.

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