November is right around the corner, and I am super excited to share my THANKSGIVING RHYME TIME TURKEYS with you!  This purposeful craft is guaranteed to make a great Thanksgiving bulletin board this month.
Thanksgiving Bulletin Board
Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Rhyme Time Turkeys Integrate Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Art!

I created these with my kinders last year, and they turned out super cute!  What I love most about this craftivity is that it incorporates phonemic awareness skills (rhyming) along with phonics skills (encoding).  This product includes 20 word families.  In kindergarten, I used the short /a/ patterns since that is the only vowel we have covered at this point.  If you are using this in first or second grade, it would be a great idea to use all 20 families and challenge each student with a different word family!

Thanksgiving Bulletin BoardHere are my teacher tips for assembling these adorable turkeys in your classroom…

1.  First, select which body style you prefer to use.

If you are using one of the clip art patterns, copy onto card stock.  If you choose to use the kids as turkeys, take their pictures and print out! (When taking pictures, be sure to crop around body as closely as possible.  The head should be at the very top and feet at very bottom without leaving too much space around the perimeter.)  This is my favorite option!  The kids turned out too cute!

2.  Next, choose which word family feathers you would like to use.

Select from 20 word families included in this resource.  Copy the families of your choice onto white card stock.  I am doing all the families with the short /a/ since that is the only vowel pattern I have introduced in kindergarten.  First grade teachers could use all 20 templates giving each student a different family!

3. Coloring the Turkey Feathers

Have the children use dot art or watercolors to paint feathers page.  I prefer to use dot art – it dries the same day and it’s far less messy!  I have the students do this portion right when they enter in the morning.  The feathers are usually dry by the time we begin centers, so we can move onto the next step…

Easy Thanksgiving Craft

4.  Completing the Word Families

When the feathers dry, have students complete the word family portion by adding a letter or two before the family.  I let them use pencil first.  Once I check it, I give them a black sharpie or magic marker to trace over their writing and the dotted word family font.
Turkey Word Families

5. Assembling Your Turkeys

Last, have your students cut out the feathers and assemble behind the turkey body.  Glue or staple onto construction paper and mount onto last page in file (“____’s Rhyme Time Turkey”).  .  Laminate if you wish.  (If you are laminating, use glue instead of staples).  Display for the perfect THANKSGIVING DAY BULLETIN BOARD for the month of November!  This product has been updated to include the “Rhyme Time Turkeys” display lettering shown in the preview photo!

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Craft
Rhyming TurkeysTurkey Craft for Kindergarten

Enjoy!  If you create this Thanksgiving bulletin board in your classroom, I would love to hear from you or see a pic of how it turns out.

I wish you the happiest Thanksgiving, and I hope you get some well-deserved time off of school to spend with your family!

This resource is sold separately or as part of a 30 seasonal set BULLETIN BOARD MEGA BUNDLE for the ENTIRE YEAR!
Dot Art
Stock up on Dot Art to make this project a quick and easy one!

For more ideas, visit the KINDERGARTEN KORNER BLOG!