This year for our Thanksgiving themed activities let’s ditch the Pilgrim costumes and experience some preschool, hands on math activities. Your little turkeys will be racing through their pumpkin pie to play the Thanksgiving Turkey Roll and Count game. This great counting game for kids also goes great with our turkey unit study activities as well.
Learning About Preschool Math Activities:
Counting games for preschool
ASKING STUDENTS TO COUNT AND IDENTIFY NUMBERS HELPS CHILDREN UNDERSTAND INFORMATION AND BE PREPARED FOR FUTURE MATH EQUATIONS. STUDENTS CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE:
- Which has more?
- How many different ways can I come up with 5?
- Is 3 or 10 a bigger number?
- Can I figure out the number without counting the dots?
This math activity for preschoolers does involve a die (dice), therefore make sure that your kiddos know how to read the dots and understand the number correlation.
And can we just talk about how fun it is to add bright, soft feathers to these adorable turkeys!!
The Turkey Roll and Count Thanksgiving game can be used in a math center, as hands-on preschool math curriculum, and even as a boredom buster before the stuffing is served.
In addition to learning about math preschool activities here are some more ideas for what you can teach about using the preschool math printables:
- Writing number words
- One-to-one correspondence
- Fine motor skills
- Segmenting and spelling words
What Can Preschoolers Learn With The Fall Preschool Math activity?
math games for preschool
ASKING STUDENTS TO CONNECT COUNTING WITH WRITING AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS CAN BENEFIT CHILDREN IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
- Differentiating between words and picture
- Number recognition
- Building motor skills to tie shoes
- Put sounds together to make words
Why Is It Important For Kids To Work On The Fall Math Activity For Preschoolers?
Besides the fact that kids playing with feathers and other hands-on materials, there are so many other reasons you should include this activity in your math lesson plans for preschool.
Materials Needed for the Turkey Roll and Count Math Activity:
- Dry Erase Pocket or Laminating Supplies
How To Use This Thanksgiving Themed Preschool Game
How to Use the Activity
- Enter your email below and then check your email to get the activity.
- Print and laminate the activity for durability.
Using the Free Counting Activity
To prep: Print and laminate the turkey feather roll and count mat (download below). You can also use a dry erase pocket to hold the mat if you can’t laminate it.
To use: Roll your die, write the corresponding number or number word with the dry erase marker and show the correct number of feathers. Super easy!
We love this fun set of foam dice from Lakeshore and Learning Resources has a similar set that would work great as well. I prefer these dice sets over a regular 6-sided die because you can practice more numbers by using a 10 or 20-sided die.
Feathers are so much fun to learn with!
Looking for Leaves
If you dont have feathers readily available a different option can be collecting fall leaves to place around your turkey.
For an added challenge, use two die (dice) to practice adding or subtracting turkey feathers. Double the die, double the math skills!
Sometimes our littles are just not ready for writing big words. Keep them feeling confident and have them use letter stamps to stamp the letters in the number words.
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