One of the first and most important math concepts children learn is addition. As an adult, it may seem simple and straightforward, but this is not necessarily the case for children who are being exposed to it for the first time. If a child struggles with math concepts or learning addition facts, it will be helpful for them to explore it in many different ways. One way to approach addition in a systematic way is to look at the number bonds for the numbers 1-10. Today, I’m sharing a fun way to review number bonds as you prepare for Thanksgiving: Building a Number Bond Turkey!
So what exactly are number bonds? They are all the addition facts for a given number (using only positive whole numbers), also known as the fact families. Learning and recognizing number bonds is helpful for kids for a number of reasons, especially in increasing fact fluency. By working through the number bonds one at a time, memorizing addition facts becomes easier.
So today I want to share a fun activity that I made for my daughter to help with recognizing number bonds. I made six different turkeys, but you could adapt this to meet the needs of your child.
Materials Needed to Build a Number Bond Turkey:
To Assemble the Turkey Pieces:
To start, I folded the brown felt into thirds and drew a bowling pin shape to form the turkey body. Then I was able to cut out 3 turkeys at once.
I did this twice so that I had six turkeys, and then drew eyes and wrote the numbers 5-10 on them.
I then used my multi-colored felt to cut out feathers. I was able to fold the felt in half and draw seven feather shapes, getting 14 feathers out of each piece of felt.
After cutting out a variety of colors of feathers, I simply wrote out addition facts for each turkey. To make sure I had a variety of colors and did not repeat addition facts, I made all the feathers for one turkey at once.
For example, I would write out six different feathers for turkey five before moving onto turkey six.
I also cut little beaks out of the scrap pieces of yellow felt. This has nothing to do with the math, but it sure made for some cute turkeys!
I made six feathers for each turkey (even though there are more than six addition facts for the larger numbers) just to help my daughter know how many to match to each turkey, and also for the sake of time. But you could certainly cut out enough feathers for all the number bonds for each number, especially if you are making fewer turkeys.
Once all the pieces are cut out, let your kids “build a turkey!” My daughter had a lot of fun putting all the turkey pieces together!
- Make one large turkey with the number ten and a large pile of feathers to allow kids to work on making ten (have a mix of feathers-some with correct answers and some that are not)
- Make turkeys with larger numbers (11-20)
To store, place all the felt pieces in a ziplock bag, and you can use this as a quiet review activity over and over again! (Even if it’s not Thanksgiving!)
And if you don’t have any felt, I have also created a printable version of this activity! Included in the download are color and black and white turkeys and feathers. All you have to do is cut out the pieces and then your kids can use it the same way!
Looking for more fun ideas for adding to ten? Try one of these!
- Snowball Addition Printable Set
- Fall Themed Addition Pack (HUGE bundle with 12 different games and centers!)
- Paint Number Bond Rainbows