The weather is changing and many families are spending more time indoors. Our family tradition every time November rolls around is to cuddle up by our fireplace and read A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman. You see, the main character Pete has been a fan favorite in our house since the kids were toddlers. To make it even more special this year I wanted to create a fun hands-on learning game to bring our favorite Thanksgiving storybook character to life that was inspired by this storybook.
For those of you who have not read it yet, A Plump and Perky Turkey is about a clever turkey named Pete who outsmarts Squawk Valley residents who have hatched an outrageous plan to trick a turkey into becoming their Thanksgiving meal. Pete is far too wise to fall for their plotting and craziness ensures as the townspeople try to capture Pete. This storybook is sure to become a family tradition for anyone with young child who reads it or if they are simply young at heart.
I have found that nothing helps to bring storybooks to life for my children more than a visual hands-on game. After reading this storybook with the kids I knew instantly that I should create a memory style game that Pete the Plump and Perky Turkey himself would be proud of!
DIY Storybook Activity Inspired by A Plump and Perky Turkey
To help make this fun storybook game for my kids I wanted to make a memory game with a twist. Pete is a very clever turkey and my children consider him a pro when it comes to hiding. What better game for Pete to play with children than a memory game to sort out verbs that were found inside of the storybook!
To make your very own interactive memory game to use alongside this storybook you will need the following materials:
- Puffy Paint
- Small gift boxes
- Fiskars scissors
- Craft Glue
- White crayon
- Alligator clip
- Plain paper (for Pete template)
The first thing to do is make your memory game pieces. I wanted to make fun turkey pairs. To do this I cut small squares out of dark and light orange Felt, used and alligator clip to hold two different colors together, I used my favorite Fiskars scissors, which make cutting felt very easy. I used the plain paper to make a small peanut shaped Pete template. Once I had that cut out, I transferred the shape onto brown felt with a white crayon and cut them out.
Then I used Craft Glue to glue the brown turkeys onto the felt circles. Once the glue was dry I used puffy paint to make faces. I did my best to make them all different so that the faces could not be used to identify the words and make the association with the faces.
To make the memory word aspects of the game, my children and I re-read the storybook carefully and Elizabeth wrote down all the verbs that we could find. We then added a few more to make an even number. I set up a quick template in word and Beck helped me type all of the verbs. Then we printed them out, cut out the shapes, and glued them to the bottom of the turkeys.
Once the glue was all dry, we placed all the turkeys in our Small gift boxes and randomly set them up. Now it was time to start playing our game.
How to Play
To play your DIY A Plump and Perky Turkey Memory Game place all your boxes in random order. Then, take turns opening two boxes. If the words match then you get to keep the pair. If they do not match, then both boxes get closed up and the next player takes their turn. Once all the pairs are earned by the players, then the player with the most pairs wins.
Do you plan to play this hands-on storybook game alongside the children’s storybook A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman?