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Thanksgiving Turkey Song~I Don’t Want to Eat the Turkey

When my second son was in kindergarten 4 years ago, he came home one early November day singing the Thanksgiving Turkey Song~I don’t want to eat the turkey, with so much exuberance and gusto that it has stuck in all of our heads as a favorite each year. It is a cute little song about a child who has come to love the live turkey, and wants to keep it as a pet. This could get controversial (vegetarians?) and really some kids might get sad when thinking about it, so you decide if it’s right for your family.  We love it, so I wanted to share. It’s to the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic which most adults know, and it’s easy enough for kids to catch on.

{I’ve updated this! Fun graphics and helpful to memorize a song, click!}

I originally shared the version below, but updated the song printable with this one I like better.

Thanksgiving Turkey Song

I don’t want to eat the turkey Download HERE


thanksgiving turkey song

Click here for brown version or on the image to download.

It’s 8×10 in size, so can easily be transferred onto a Word Document to print at home, or printed as a picture.

Here is what the new one looks like: (click on the image)

Thanksgiving Activity Memorize a silly Turkey Song

Need other Thanksgiving ideas? Click on images below and Check out: Thanksgiving Lunch Jokes // Thanksgiving Printable Checklist // Thanksgiving Photobooth free printables // Kids Thanksgiving coloring placemat // I don’t want to eat the Turkey Thanksgiving song // Turkey Placecards // Count Your Blessing Free Printables

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Photo Props

Thanksgiving Turkey Placecards

Turkey Placecards


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  1. Very cute!

  2. How fun! I can’t wait to share it with my kids, I’m sure I’ll get some laughs!

  3. Thanks for this. My grandchildren will love it!