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.

#### Roll & Count Turkey Math Game Supplies:

• Paper
• Dry Erase Pouch/Laminating Supplies
• Dry Erase Marker
• Feathers
• Dice

## Learning About Preschool Math Activities:

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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
• Subitizing
• Fine motor skills
• Segmenting and spelling words

## What Can Preschoolers Learn With The Fall Preschool Math activity?

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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.

## Counting With Meaning

Children practicing counting helps them understand the meaning of numbers and their quantities. Matching the oral number with the amount of feathers is a perfect way to use one-to-one correspondence.

## Using Tiny Fingers

When children use their fingers and hands to pinch, grip, grasp, and pull, they are working on their fine motor skills. This can help them be better prepared for writing their name, zipping coats, and cutting their food.

## Subitizing With Dice

Kids will begin to look at dots on a dice and automatically know the number without counting. Our free preschool math game is a great way to practice subitizing.

## Forming Lines and Curves

Our adorable preschool activity turkey theme incorporates writing skills. Children will need to either trace, copy, or write the number word using lines and curves.

## Materials Needed for the Turkey Roll and Count Math Activity:

• Paper
• Dry Erase Pocket or Laminating Supplies
• Dice
• Feathers

## How to Use the Activity

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• 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.

### Double Dice

For an added challenge, use two die (dice) to practice adding or subtracting turkey feathers. Double the die, double the math skills!

### Stamp It

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.

### Sensory Bottle

Keep the Thanksgiving activities going with the fall themed sensory bottle.

### Counting Skills

I know all this work is making you hungry! Cook up a tasty turkey inspired treat with family members. Don’t forget the paper plates!

### Play a Game

Continue learning about the changing season with our fall counting game.

Find even more engaging activities in the Life Over C’s shop!

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.