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Funny Thanksgiving Food – B&W and Color

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Funny Thanksgiving Food Bundle

Maybe some of you are taking a trip on Thanksgiving, and want something to keep your children busy when they get tired of movies and computer games. There are also some home school Moms who can use this in a music lesson next week.

The printables I’m posting today are old, so if you have been following my blog for a while, you recognize them. After one reader alerted me on Facebook that the link was wrong in my Thanksgiving Round Up post, I decided to freshen them up and put them all together in one PDF for you. There are two versions, one for learning piano keys, and the other has the easier notes around middle C on the staff. Each one comes in B&W and color.

The pages in color were not meant to be printed out, but to be used on an iPad or Android. There are several child-friendly PDF annotating apps you can download for your device, such as Skitch, Jot, and Good Notes

However, if you want to print the color versions out, I suggest you print out just one copy of each. Put them into sheet protectors, and store them in a binder. Use page dividers to keep all the different printables organized, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Rhythm, etc. Use a dry erase marker on the printables, and you can use them over and over. If you leave the writing on the page too long it will not erase very well, so be sure to erase the marks before the end of the day. I got this tip from a teacher’s comment on my blog, and I think it’s a great way to save ink!

For those of you who do not know print out just one page of a PDF document, take at look at my FAQ here. Scroll down the page to find “How to Print on Both Sides of Flash Cards.” I give instructions on how to print just one page. If you want to know how to use Jot on your iPad, I wrote a tutorial here.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for the Jot tutorial, and I bought the Jot app myself. The free version of Jot will not work for this purpose. However, Skitch and the free version of Good Notes will work. If you want to save more than a couple of files on Good Notes, you will have to get the paid version. Skitch is a useful free app.

The black and white version is also fun to color on the iPad if you work one-on-one with a preschool child. If you find these iPad worksheets helpful, and want more, let me know!


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Save The Turkey – Keyboard Version

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Mr. Turkey here. My boss, Susan Paradis, made another version of the popular game, Save the Turkey. I think it’s a great game, because what’s better than a turkey? By better, I mean handsome and smart, not tasty. Anyways, play this game just like the other Save the Turkey games, which I don’t have time to link to. But you can do a search and find them.

I’ve noticed that when Susan plays this game with young children she does something odd.  Sometimes, if it is her turn, she tells them if they can run to the piano and play the key on her card, they can take her turn. And all this time I thought she knew her piano keys.  Maybe if she plays this game enough she will learn them! Meanwhile, she has to ask the children to help her out.

Click on the link (under my handsome picture!) to print the cards. There is only one page and it doesn’t use much ink. Take it from me, Mr. Turkey, this is a fast game that children love!


Shuffle the cards and put them in a stack on the table. Be sure the Turkey card is not near the top. The Skip a Turn cards should be evenly distributed. Player one draws a card and identifies the symbol.  As long as they answer the card correctly, they continue to draw until they draw a Skip a Turn card. Then the teacher (player 2) does the same thing. Whoever draws the Turkey card has “saved the turkey” and is the winner. The game is short, so the cards can be shuffled and played again.


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Thanksgiving Round Up

Here is my yearly round up of all the Thanksgiving activities and music I have posted over the years.

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Chasing the Turkey Game

Chasing the Turkey is a board game I made last year. It’s easy and the cards are included in the file.

Below is Save the Turkey, a game my students love. You can find the directions here.  It’s very easy and fast, plus, it comes in 3 ability levels.

Save the Turkey Game, easiest version

For a slightly more difficult version of the same game, try  Save the Turkey Game, set two  Please note that the preview graphic shown for Version Two is the same as version 1, but the actual PDF is different! I need to fix that but I haven’t had time.

I even posted a more difficult level I call the early intermediate level, and it is the third set of cards.   Continue reading


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Wendy Stevens’ Thanksgiving Prayer


Thanksgiving Prayer by Wendy Stevens

Are you looking for something musical your families can use for Thanksgiving?  What about a family performance for grandparents and relatives at Thanksgiving get-together? Well,Wendy Stevens has created something just for you.

She has written a Thanksgiving ensemble in her own special style called A Thanksgiving Prayer. I think most of us agree that there is just not enough Thanksgiving music around that modern students can relate to. Wendy took a lovely, child-friendly Thanksgiving poem and set it to a melody that students can sing and play. The multi-faith lyrics are appropriate for students of all religions.

When you buy A Thanksgiving Prayer, (very moderately priced at $2.99 for 9 pages, single use) you will receive an ensemble for piano, voice, and guitar. Wendy thoughtfully included several versions, all included for the same price, and this is quality, professional music.

The piano version is in the key of C. The right hand stays in middle C position and has mostly quarter notes. There are a few easy syncopated eighth notes that give it a modern sound. The left hand accompaniment has mostly half notes, starts in C position and then moves around slightly. There are a few simple flourishes that students will love and you can teach by rote if necessary. Only the white keys are used.

The second version that is included in the set is for piano and guitar. Guitar players who play chords such as Csus2 will be able to comfortably play this, but there are also guitar chord symbols if they need them.

The other version is for piano and easy guitar. These chords are easier, C, F, G, and Emin, and it also has chord symbols. I’m not that good on the guitar, but I can play this guitar version. I’m so glad it’s in C, so I can also play it on my autoharp, minus the Emin, which is missing on my autoharp.

Here’s another idea. Since the melody has a small range, students who are learning recorder in school can play the melody on their recorder, adding to the ensemble. I tried it with my recorder playing the melody only, and it was very charming.

Don’t be afraid to give this to older students in levels 3 and up if you’re going to use the ensemble version. This is a good opportunity for your older students to be the ensemble leader.  

There is not very much Thanksgiving music published that is about the real meaning of Thanksgiving. I am so happy Wendy has added this timeless and thoughtful addition to our holiday repertoire.  This music is available for single or studio license. The studio license allows you to print as many copies as you want.

You can read more about Thanksgiving Prayer and listen to Wendy sing and play it on her website. 






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Chasing the Turkey Board Game

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After we finish taking the state theory test, I give my students a theory break. I don’t assign formal theory work to complete at home and bring back. This makes everyone happy, including me, because by now we’re all kind of “theory weary.” But there is the problem of forgetting everything we carefully learned. So I like to play theory games to keep everything fresh in my students’ minds. They don’t mind reviewing theory in a game. In fact, they like it!

If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving game, I hope your students love this one as much as my students did. I don’t know if it was the farmer with his ax, using dice, or if it was the fact that they all beat me. (I must be the most unlucky person in the world!)  This game meets my criteria for a music lesson game. It is fast and over quickly, so it doesn’t take much lesson time.

There are several levels of cards included in this printable. Look at all seven pages in this PDF, and only print what you need. If you don’t know how to do that, see my last post for instructions. The last page in this set is an optional back to the cards, but I didn’t use it!

The nice thing about this game board is that you don’t have to print out the cards I made. I also played this game using note flash cards to review note names, and for beginners, keyboard flash cards. If you want to review all the major and minor key signatures, check out my key signature flash cards on my website.


  • To review previously learned musical symbols, intervals, key signatures, and vocabulary.
  • To enjoy a seasonal game.


  • Grades 1-5, using the appropriate cards for the concepts students have learned.


  • Game board.
  • Cards with musical symbols and terms, or use your own cards.
  • One die.
  • Tokens. (I used milk carton tops.)


  • The game can be played with two or more players
  • Print the game board and cut out the cards or use your own cards.
  • Each player puts his token on the game board. The first player draws a card and answers the question.
  • Then he rolls the die and moves the number of spaces on the die. If he lands on a circle with instructions, he follows the instructions, such as taking a short cut, or moving back to Start.
  • The game continues in the same way with the other players.
  • The first player to reach Safe is the winner.
  • Optional: Write the instructions on the back of the game board for future use.

Why I like this game

  • My students loved it and didn’t want to stop playing.
  • It really helped them remember their theory vocabulary and terms.
  • By using flash cards I already have, I can modify the game for all ages.


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