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Story Time: Turk and Runt

Story Time: Turk and Runt activities include free printables, crafts, and more to enjoy with the Thanksgiving picture book by Lisa Wheeler

Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler may well be the cutest Thanksgiving book ever.  Turk is the best of the litter, destined for greatness, while Runt is continually ignored.  The problem?  Runt is the smart one.  And he seems to be the only turkey on the farm who knows why people keep coming to admire Turk as Thanksgiving approaches. Mom and Dad think Turk is up for a football team or lead in a ballet (Swan Lake–hahaha).  So while people are visiting the farm, Turk is showing off and trying to get chosen.  If only they would all listen to Runt!

Your littles will have a blast finding out if Turk ever catches on to the danger he’s in.  And I belly laughed at this book, so you’ll have fun, too.

Story Time: Turk and Runt activities include free printables, crafts, and more to enjoy with the Thanksgiving picture book by Lisa Wheeler

Turk and Runt Activities

Language

Not only is this book a laugh riot, but it’s full of rich vocabulary that may be new to your littles.  I love when picture books do that!  Let your littles use this free worksheet to look up the definitions to some of the bigger words found in Turk and Runt and watch their language grow!

Free printable vocabular worksheet for Story Time: Turk and Runt

Science

Just how much do your kids know about turkeys?  They are very interesting animals, actually; something we don’t think about too much when we’re eating them for Thanksgiving dinner.  Go grab the free Let’s Learn About Turkeys printable and let your littles learn how cool turkeys really are.  (We’ve raised several.  They can be awesome friends.)

Free Let's Learn About Turkeys printable helps kids understand the Thanksgiving staple before it becomes food. Great extension for the picture book Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler.

Craft

Your kids can make their own Turks and Runts with just a few supplies.  These are really easy to make and can be used as toys or decorations. Or even puppets.  So you can act out this hilarious story.

Sounds like fun to me!

Plastic Cup Turkey Craft is a fun activity for kids to do with the picture book Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

Plastic Cup Turkey

What you need:

What you do:

Plastic Cup Turkey Craft is a fun activity for kids to do with the picture book Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

  • Before you do anything else, turn the cup upside down on the brown foam sheet and trace the top of it onto the foam (this will be the turkey’s face)

Plastic Cup Turkey Craft is a fun activity for kids to do with the picture book Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

  • Paint craft sticks (both sides)–one in each color of the paint
  • Paint the INSIDE of the cup (makes for easier gluing)

Plastic Cup Turkey Craft is a fun activity for kids to do with the picture book Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

  • Cut out the face from the brown foam
  • Cut off a corner or the yellow foam to make the beak
  • Cut out a squiggly red piece for the snood.  Seriously, it’s easier to just cut out a squiggle than to try to follow a template

Plastic Cup Turkey Craft is a fun activity for kids to do with the picture book Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

  • Glue beak, snood, and eyes in place on face

Plastic Cup Turkey Craft is a fun activity for kids to do with the picture book Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

  • Once all the paint is dry, choose the back side of your turkey
  • Run a straight line of tacky glue down the center
  • Fan out 4 more lines, 2 on each side of the center line
  • Glue craft stick ‘feathers’ into place

Plastic Cup Turkey Craft is a fun activity for kids to do with the picture book Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

  • Turn your turkey around and glue his face on the front

I just feel like this would make a great place card, too.

 

Food

Okay, so it’s kind of a sugar overload.  But look how cute they are!  Plus, peanut butter and chocolate.  Also, easy peasy.  Win!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Turkey Cookies are a festive fall treat to mke with kids for the picture book Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Turkey Cookies

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 12-oz pack Rolo candies
  • 1 12-oz pack Brach’s autumn mix
  • Seasonal-colored decorative icing (I used red)

What you do:

Make the cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Cream together shortening, margarine or butter, sugars, and peanut butter until smooth
  • Beat eggs in one at a time
  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt
  • Add flour mixture to creamed mixture
  • Stir in oats until just combined
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet
  • Bake 11-12 minutes (you’re going to want them to be chewy, so don’t overbake them)

Assemble the turkeys:

  • Separate the brown- and yellow-tipped candy corns
  • Put a line of icing near the edge of one cookie, then stand another cookie upright on the icing, pressing down gently to get it to hold
  • Put a smudge of icing on the back of one brown-tipped candy corn and place point-down near top of upright cookie
  • Repeat for 2 more brown-tipped candy corns and angle them to either side of the center candy
  • Put a smudge of icing on the bottom of a Rolo and put it near the front of the bottom cookie
  • Put a smudge of icing on the back of a yellow-tipped candy corn and place it atop the Rolo with the point facing away from the upright cookie
  • Repeat all steps for remaining turkeys

I love Thanksgiving because of its coziness, and there’s nothing better than cuddling up with a little and reading a good book. I am not making it up when I say that Turk and Runt is one of the funnies Thanksgiving books I’ve ever read.  And with all these activities to enjoy? How can you resist?

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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