1-2-3 Come Do Some More Turkey Crafts and Activities With Me!
The month of November always seems to fly by. There is so much to get accomplished in such a short amount of time. I basically based the month around scarecrows, turkeys, pilgrims and Thanksgiving; reinforcing standards with those themes.
Such as, 1 to 1 correspondence, which is really important for little ones. So they don't get bored doing these counting activities, switch things up by matching your themes.
I designed some sweet turkey counting cards for 1-to-1 correspondence. Print, laminate and trim and put in your math center or do as a whole group activity.
I only included a few numbered turkeys per card, as students are less apt to bump their work and send things flying. It's also less frustrating for Pre-K kiddo's when they are just learning.
Pinching an item and placing however many objects onto the matching numbered turkey, is also an excellent fine motor skill. As you can see in the photo, I used flat-backed rhinestones. My little girls especially enjoyed using this "bling-bling" manipulative. Pony beads also work well.
The cards only go up to 10, but I've included a blank template, so you can program higher numbers. There's also a black and white pattern. If you want, run off copies for your students to color and glue sequins or whatever to the feathers. Click on the link to view/download the 1-to-1 Correspondence Turkeys.
Continue with counting with the Tummy Tickler Booklet. Encourage students to trace the numbers and color however many feathers on the turkey that match the number on his tummy.
So that little ones hands don't "poop out" with so much coloring, or their work becomes scribbling, because they are tired of coloring; have children only color 1 or 2 of the higher numbered turkeys, and take several days to complete the booklet. Click on the link above to view/download it.
My Y5's especially enjoyed all of the daily hands-on craftivities that I set up as independent centers.
I did the Keepsake Turkeys with my 2nd and 1st graders, as well as with my K's and Y5's for many years.
Older students can trace their own hand and foot (with their shoe on) and cut them out. K's can pick a partner to help. (Older elementary reading buddies are also a nice option.)
To expedite things for me, I sent a note home to parents to have this done. I've included it in the packet if you want to go that route.
I just completed the one in the photograph, with Kaiden, my 1-year-old grandson; he added his scribbles and my daughter LOVED it, as did all of the parents in the past.
I used 2 "shoe prints" for the body of my Y5's to make their turkeys fatter and less "shoe-looking". The photo shows them on our "Wall of Fame". I sprinkled the Keepsake Turkeys in with our Indian corn crayon melts. (More on them in another blog article.)
For the beak, cut 1 & 1/2 inch wide strips of yellow construction paper and then cut these into squares. Students fold them into a triangle and glue one half to their turkey, so that the "beak" opens.
I also pre-cut the "wattles". To make an easy wattle, simply cut a heart shape and glue it upside down. (This is what my Y5's did in the photograph.)
I have 2 poems you can choose to put on the turkey's tummy if you want: ("I'm a little turkey, as cute as can be. I'm very thankful, for my wonderful family.") or (This is a turkey oh so fine. Look at the body; the feet are mine! The feathers are traced from my hands too. I made this turkey because I love you. ) Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Turkey directions and poems.
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