As we gear up for the holiday season, don’t forget that Thanksgiving is the last fall celebration we’ll have. Time to make all things turkey for our little ones to learn new concepts and ideas.
If you’ve been trying to teach your toddler or preschooler their name to no avail, maybe they’ll have a better shot if it’s written on turkey feathers!
Teaching Letters and Names
Children can start learning how to recognize and spell their name from 2 years old and up. Some may learn earlier and some may be later, it just all depends how much exposure that they get to these concepts.
First, make sure that your child knows and recognizes all of the letters of the alphabet and understands that concept. There are plenty of fun activities and ways to teach your child letters, such as this Sticker activity to teach letters or this Dry erase easel board activity to teach letters.
My actual favorite way to teach letters and their sounds was the show “Letter Factory” by Leap Frog on Netflix. My kids were addicted and learned all the letters and their sounds so quickly!
Once they understand most of the letters of the alphabet, next comes teaching them their name! This is so much fun for young ones because they can visualize now what letters do and that their name can be written on paper.
Turkey Name Recognition Activity
This turkey name recognition activity is a great one to do for Thanksgiving as some little ones learn best when using festive items and fun images.
I am offering a free printable sample version of this activity, but the full version is available on my Teachers Pay Teachers shop here.
This activity is great for letting your little ones learn to recognize the letters of their name, how to spell their name, and even how to write the letters in their name (if they’re ready).
What You’ll Need:
- Free printable sample version (in color) (download below) – Full version available (in B+W) at my shop
- Glue stick
What To Do:
1. Cut along the dotted line on the turkey page.
2. Cut out the amount of feathers that will make up your child’s name.
3. Write the letters of their name on each feather
4. Paste each feather to the back of the turkey
5. Teach your child each letter of their name with their new turkey!
How to incorporate more language:
As your child is learning, you want to always incorporate as much language as possible for learning and developing skills.
Always remember to talk to your little one while they’re doing an activity with words like:
- Names of colors (red, orange, yellow, etc)
- Names of objects being used (paper, glue, letters, name)
- Action words (cut, paste, point)
- Praise words (good job, you’re doing amazing!)
I hope you enjoyed this free printable Thanksgiving activity for turkey name recognition. Let me know in the comments below if you were able to use this with your toddler or preschooler and how well they did!