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Memorize a Thanksgiving Poem Together

To encourage family connection and memory making, why not memorize a Thanksgiving poem together? You could even plan to perform a recitation at your family’s Thanksgiving celebration!

Memorization is good for the brain. It helps develop a sense of rhythm. It helps develop phonetic awareness. Clearly it aids in developing memorization skills. Memorizing poetry also helps children practice self-expression as they attach emotion to the message. Memorizing can be hard, so learning a poem together can make it more fun.

Here are a few to try, or—even better–you could even make one up yourselves!


A turkey is a funny bird,
Its head goes wobble, wobble,
All it knows is just one word,
“Gobble, gobble, gobble.”



5 little turkeys standing by door,
One waddled off, and then there were 4.
4 little turkeys under a tree,
One waddled off , and then there were 3.
3 little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then there were 2.
2 little turkeys in the noon day sun,
One waddled off, and then there was 1.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving day.



Turkey in the barnyard, what does he say?
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble all day.
Turkey on the table, what do I say?
Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy all day.
Turkey in my tummy, what do I say?
I ate too much on Thanksgiving Day!