Fall is now in full force and we’re heading toward the Thanksgiving holiday. Time to get your little one doing all the turkey activities that you’ve been saving until now!
This simple counting activity teaches toddlers, preschoolers, and Kindergarteners one-to-one correspondence while counting while adding in fine and visual motor skills.
I have included a free printable version of this activity for the younger ones, but you can get the full version at my Teaching Littles Shop here.
There are several different options for this activity. There’s a colored or black and white version depending whether you want your child to color in the turkey or not. There is also a version with a blank belly or lines in the belly which will allow your child to paste the number in the belly or write the number in themselves.
The colored version is available on my blog for free. You will have to purchase the black and white version if you’d like that one instead.
What you’ll need:
- Free printable counting turkey worksheets (download below)
- Glue stick
What to do:
- Parent or teacher may need to cut on the dotted lines to divide sheet in quarters so all turkeys have been separated.
- Cut out numbered circles (if using this version).
- Have child point to each feather as they count them.
- Look for the number on the circles that they cut out and paste it onto the turkey’s belly.
- You can also have them write in the number on the belly if they are a little older and are able to write numbers.
*You can laminate these sheets or place them in clear, plastic dry erase packets for reusing with multiple students.
What they’ll learn:
In the free version, counting is emphasized because that is the main goal of this activity.
To practice cutting, you can let them cut on the lines of each small turkey sheet to practice cutting straight lines for preschoolers. Kindergarteners may be able to cut out the small number circles.
To practice writing numbers, have them write the numbers in the blank belly version instead of cutting and gluing the numbers.
If you’re interested in having your child color all of the turkeys on their own to practice coloring, purchase the full version at my shop here.
Skills that this activity addresses:
Cognition: Learning numbers, counting, and one-to-one correspondence is an important part of this turkey counting activity
Fine motor skills: Cutting, coloring, pasting, and writing numbers work on using the small muscles in the hands developing fine motor skills
Visual motor skills: Cutting and pasting also require hand eye coordination to make small cuts and strokes.
I hope you were able to try out this turkey counting activity with your child or students. Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners will love this Thanksgiving activity as they see the smiling turkey and get to count his feathers.
Remember to purchase the full version at my shop if needed. Otherwise, enjoy your free printable version!