Free “Turkey Trouble” Printable Activity Set

Free "Turkey Trouble" Printable Activity Set

At our house, Thanksgiving gets its dues. We don't do any of that Halloween-straight-to-Christmas nonsense, we make sure to give each Holiday its rightful turn. Part of not neglecting Thanksgiving includes reading themed children's books about the holiday. One of my kids' favorites is "Turkey Trouble," written by Wendi Slivano and illustrated by Lee Harper.  It's a great little storybook about a turkey doing everything it can to avoid becoming Thanksgiving dinner. Will he succeed? Well, you'll have to read it yourself to find that out.

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These paper cutouts based on "Turkey Trouble" are a great way for your child to actively engage in the book as you read. I used my handy-dandy Silhouette to cut these out automatically with print and cut (.studio3 file download available below), and then I laminated the pieces so they can last through as many readings of the book as we need. Quite often, I find the kids playing with the parts without reading the book. Independent play and storytelling are important skills for a child to learn, so it makes me so happy to see this happening.

Turkey Trouble Pages

Why do we read so much?

Reading and storytelling are such a crucial part of child development. Stories inspire the imagination and provide language and communication skills. They make your kids more empathetic and understanding of the fact that other people may think differently than them. Stories also provide children with scenarios that may help them make decisions in real life situations where problem-solving skills are necessary. Stories expand a child's horizons and shape his/her view of the world. A child who is read to often is more likely to succeed in literacy as well as in their academic and professional lives. Frequently being read to helps a child to concentrate and pay attention. Plus, reading to/with your child is a great way to strengthen your relationship. There are absolutely no downsides to lots of reading!

Here is some more great information about reading and child development. Click each link to read more about the benefits of reading with your children often. 
"Why is storytelling Important to Children?"
"Reading and Storytelling with Babies and Children"
"Reading to Children Promotes Brain Development"
"This is your Child's Brain on Reading"

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