By Deborah Pace Rowley
Still, this story is too good not to share. I love telling this story to toddlers who struggle to control their emotions just like Tom Turkey does. Toddlers love to put up the red turkey when Tom gets mad and turns bright red. Then they can replace the red turkey for the red colored feather in Tom's tail. This story accomplishes two learning goals at once. First, it reinforces their growing knowledge about colors and sequencing in a story. But more importantly it reinforces the lesson we really want them to learn. They can control themselves when something doesn't go their way!
To make your own version of "The Turkey with the Terrible Temper" print out the story here. You can then make some flannel board turkeys out of felt or you can print out the colored turkeys and feathers that we have created here or by clicking on the photo below.