Silly Thanksgiving Songs

by Donne Davis on November 21, 2011

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Last year I found some silly Thanksgiving songs to teach my two granddaughters who are 8 and 4 years old. They both love to sing so I knew they’d enjoy these songs. I brought out the song sheets after dessert and by the time we finished singing all the songs, we were laughing so hard we almost fell off our chairs.

The song that got the most laughs was “Turkey Pokey,” which is sung to the tune of “Hokey Pokey.”

Turkey Pokey

You put your right wing in.
You put your right wing out.
You put your right wing in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the turkey pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

Additional verses: Left wing, Drumsticks, Stuffing, Wattle, Tail Feathers, Turkey body.

When we got to the “wattle” verse, I pulled on my own “wattle” and created a vibrato by wiggling it back and forth. The girls thought that was a riot and pretty soon everyone at the table was wiggling their wattles and singing the “Turkey Pokey!”

The girls have asked me to be sure and bring the song sheets again. I’m looking forward to another Thanksgiving sing-along this year—especially the “Turkey Pokey.”

Here are some other favorites:

Thanksgiving Song (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)

Let’s be thankful for this day
For our friends and for our play
Let’s be thankful; let’s be glad
For the food and things we have
Let’s give thanks for you and me
And our home and family.

Mr. Turkey (Tune: Frere Jacques)

Mr. Turkey, Mr. Turkey
Run away, run away
If you are not careful
You will be a mouthful
Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Day!

I’m Thankful (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

I’m thankful for my friends
And for my family.
I’m thankful for the food I eat.
I’m happy to be me!

Pumpkin Song (Tune: Have you ever seen a lassie?)

Have you ever seen a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?
A round one, a tall one, a big one, a small one.
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?

Pumpkin song (Tune: I’m a little teapot)

I’m a little pumpkin
Orange and round.
Here is my stem,
There is the ground.
When I get all cut up,
Don’t you shout!
Just open me up
And scoop me out!

Mr. Pumpkin (Tune: Frere Jacques)

Mr. Pumpkin,
Mr. Pumpkin,
Round and big.
Round and big.
Harvest time is coming.
Harvest time is coming.
Yum, yum, yum.
That is that!

{ 2 comments }

Elaine K. Williams November 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

What cute songs! It can certainly be difficult sometimes to entertain the grandchildren, but I think these will go a long way toward that goal this holiday. Thank you for posting!

Susan Adcox November 22, 2011 at 9:51 am

Thanks for these songs–easy enough for me, the musically ungifted, to pull off. The Turkey Pokey is bound to be a hit!

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