Dinner’s Ready! A Thanksgiving Book Project!

Dinner's Ready! A Thanksgiving Book Project for Kids to Make and Read! - HeidiSongs

This week I’d like to tell you about about an EASY, make-it-yourself book about all the good food at Thanksgiving dinner called Dinner’s Ready! Mashed potatoes, green beans, roasted turkey & pumpkin pie (YUM!) plus a completed dinner plate for the last page, hidden in a super fun, secret pocket at the back of the book!  WHAT could be better??? Oh, BOY!

Dinner's Ready! - HeidiSongs

I also just redesigned the pages to make the prep easier and the final book cuter.  So check out the little movie below, but keep in mind that the updated pictures are really what the file has in it now!  I plan on encouraging my little ones to practice coloring the outside edges of the plate in pattern.

Dinner's Ready! - HeidiSongs

Dinner's Ready! - HeidiSongs

This is one of my Singable Books, so each page has lyrics to the “Dinner’s Ready” song! When the book is done, kids can not only read their book, but sing-along with the song, too!!  I love to do a little guided reading lesson with my kiddos whenever we finish our book making projects.  They really enjoy it, and so do I!


This song can also be found on the Little Songs for Language Arts DVD and CD. Here’s a video of my kinders yeeeeears ago dancing along with the hand motions!


Book making helps children learn to follow directions, develop their fine motor skills, and learn reading skills such as tracking, fluency, and concepts of print.  And this book is just in time for Thanksgiving!


The templates, mp4 of the song, and a written description of the hand motions are only a $4 download here! 😀

Another fun way to use this download: Balanced Meal STEM Challenge!!! We used the food and made a STEM challenge out of it! 🙂


Enjoy, and have a great weekend!!!

– Heidi


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Heidi Butkus

About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.

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