Book-making with kiddos is something I enjoy, from more detailed books to simple emergent readers. For November, I created a simple Thanksgiving printable the kids can use to expand their early literacy skills. It’s a very simple book called “Look at the Turkey,” but it’s always well-received by my students.
Are you following Fun-A-Day’s Thanksgiving Pinterest board?
Thanksgiving printable easy reader for preschool
Print out the free Thanksgiving printable book HERE. Fold each page in half, ensuring that the print is facing out. Put the book together, with the bent parts of the papers on the right-hand side. Staple along the left-hand side.
Once the book is put together, call the child over. Explain that she’ll be making a book about colorful turkeys called, “Look at the Turkey.”
Read through each page with the kiddo. Using the appropriate crayon, underline the color word on each page. For the last page, tell her she’ll get to design her own turkey.
Have the child color in each turkey with the appropriate color. For the last page, let the kiddo draw her own turkey. Some of my students chose to free-draw their turkeys, while others traced their hands (or, in one case, my hand) to make into a turkey.
Here are just a few ways to extend and change up the learning:
- Reread the book with the kiddo, and let her reread herself as often as she’d like to.
- Make the repetitive sentences into a pocket chart. Keep the illustrations separate, but also in the pocket chart. Children can match the appropriate illustration to each sentence.
- Write the sentences on strips of paper, then cut apart the words. Kiddos can remake the sentences, with or without help.
- Have the kids go on a “color hunt” to locate items around the house or classroom that match the different colored turkeys.
Let me know if you try this Thanksgiving printable with your children/students! I’d love to hear what they think!