As the weather begins to change and holidays get closer and closer it is time to pull from our rich musical history and share our favorite turkey songs! Here at Music Rhapsody we have had almost 40 years of holidays to find our favorite turkey songs. Below are three of our favorites that you can sing and dance to with your children for years to come.
Shoo Turkey (Kitchen Music Video)
This turkey classic is filled with fun! It will get you and your family up and running around the house singing ‘Shoo turkey shoo shoo’. Many times, this song has ended with families in a heap on the floor laughing and giggling with kids screaming to do it again! Below is a fun video with Teacher Ann showing how you can find instruments all over your home and sing and dance with them to Shoo Turkey. You can practice the rhythms for “yes ma’am” and “so-so” with your homemade kitchen instruments.
The Turkey Song (Animation Video)
This folky turkey song is a recent favorite, from Lynn Kleiner’s Award Winning book and CD – Holiday Winter Songs & Adventures. This silly song gets most children laughing because of the turkey’s stinky feet. Be sure to check out this cute animation your children will want to watch over and over again!
Turkey Feathers (Thankful Turkey Activity)
This song is one we use in our classrooms during the month of November. Colorful feathers are passed out to each child then we sing ‘Turkey, turkey, where’s your hair?’ then as the teacher sings the color for their feather, (“What color is this one? This one is the orange one”) they hold it up and put in on the felt turkey so it has feathers. By the time every student has had a chance to put a feather on the turkey, the turkey has a beautiful body filled with colorful feathers! Here are the felt board and turkey felts we use.
Bonus – The Thankful Turkey Activity
Every November we sing the turkey feather song and put a bare turkey on a bulletin board in our classroom! This turkey is known as the Thankful Turkey. Every student can pick a colorful feather as they walk into the classroom, write what they are thankful for that day, and fill the bare turkey with beautiful feathers! This is a simple activity that you can do at home with your children during the month of November. By the end of the month our board is filled with colorful feathers!
The Eensy Weensy Spider is a classic finger play sung with children throughout the world. The song has many benefits to your child. The rhythmic repetition helps with their brain and speech development. Additionally, the hand motions help teach fine and gross motor skills.
Most children start by mimicking their parents – raising their hands and lowering them as the spider walks up the spout and the rain washes them down. Eventually, each child learns the fine hand motions that cause the spider to walk up the spout, pointer to thumb. As a parent, your direct involvement in this simple interaction will help them for years to come, even if it is the 100th time you have sang this song today!
Try These Fun Learning Activities With Your Child!
SINGING AND PLAYING
These 4 simple musical phrases can be a wonderful vehicle for much more learning!
You’ll need a simple one octave glockenspiel (8 pitches, C D E F G A B C). Young children love the challenge of playing after they sing each line with the hand motions. The vocabulary, concepts, timing, coordination, counting and visuals are also a fantastic precursor to reading and music notation.
The eensy weensy spider went up the water spout (Ascending: Play from the lowest to the highest, longest to the shortest bars)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out (Ascending Glissando: Play a gliding motion from high to low, 4 times)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain(Ascending, Descending Glissando: Play a gliding motion up and down)
And the eensy weensy spider went up the spout again (Play from the lowest to the highest, longest to the shortest bars)
SPIDER CUT OUT ACTIVITY
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Books with musical additions also add to a child’s enjoyment! Stimulate the imagination by singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider. You and your child can also add musical aspects by adding sound effects. Use wind and movement for the spinning and have each animal can sing its line to the The Very Busy Spider.
Here at Music Rhapsody, we love to help parents help their children develop through our music classes. These Orff-based classesset your child up for success by developing their love for music and helping them with their motor skills, brain development and speech development. Learn more about our programs below!
Baby music and movement is a way to build a foundation in music and learning that babies both need and love. The best way to introduce your baby to music and movement is a music class for babies. At Music Rhapsody, our early childhood music classes incorporate fun, age appropriate music, dances, parenting tips, and fun activities for both the parent and child. All our classes are taught by an experienced early childhood music teacher.
Music classes for babies are one of the best ways for parents to learn how to be musical with their child. Our classes explore babies’ natural impulse to move, speak, sing and play rhythmically, because it’s a natural and vital part of being human!
What’s A Baby Music & Movement Class Like?
By exposing babies to rhymes, tickle games, songs and instruments, music classes reinforce core first-year developmental milestones. Music and movement classes for babies teach eye contact, object permanence, and bonding with parent or caregiver. Also, music classes are wonderful mommy and baby, daddy and baby, or caregiver and baby activities to do together and meet other mommies in the neighborhood. Many of our families grow up together and become lifelong musical friends.
Music Rhapsody’s music classes for babies teach basic music concepts like a sense of timing and pitch, coordination and mental concentration and memory. But, these are just a few of the areas developed in our early childhood music lessons.
Through music and movement, the repetition of music and activities, baby music classes help babies become aware of their environment. These visual and aural stimulations aid in language emergence and the ability of the eyes to focus. Floor activities and group dances done in mommy and baby music class help to naturally develop babies core strength and social skills and stimulates the vestibular system.
Try It Out!
Looking for a way to learn more about baby music and movement? Why not try out one of Music Rhapsody’s baby classes? It’s free to try out, and we’d love to sing hello!
Come celebrate Kids Music Day on October 3rd, 2020with us! Try a complimentary baby music class. Also, listen and move to music by our wonderful Orff & Recorder Ensemble! Many of our older ensemble students have been in the Music Rhapsody program since they were babies. They have developed an excellent musical foundation!