Thanksgiving Math Activities
It's so much fun to come up with creative learning activities to fit a specific theme! Thanksgiving has lots of iconic images of Pilgrims, Native Americans, corn, and pumpkin pie, but I thought this turkey themed math activity would be perfect.
Thanksgiving Themed Math Activities for Preschool and Elementary Kids
I created several variations for preschool-age children and elementary-age children. Younger children will practice sequencing numbers. Elementary-age children will work on understanding number sentences and families.
Materials for Thanksgiving Themed Math Games
- Construction paper of various colors
Directions to Make Thanksgiving Math Activities
Begin by cutting out turkey bodies and feathers. Older children can do this part independently. I selected Fall colors, but have fun with colors you like. Allow your child to draw faces on the turkeys.
For preschool-age children, have your child write the numbers 1 - 5 on the feathers. If your child needs help, you can actually write the numbers on the feathers with a highlighter and your child can trace over the numbers with a darker pen or marker.
Scramble the numbers up, and have your child arrange the numbers in order on the turkey. To make this more complex, you can also start with a larger number (e.g. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) or skip-counting numbers (e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10).
For more advanced learners, write a number on the turkey. Have your child write number sentences that equal that number. Younger children will likely write addition and subtraction problems. My daughter actually generated these responses, and I wrote them down.
Older children should be able to use larger numbers and include multiplication and division problems. The prompt is still the same: "Let's think of all the ways we can make (number)." Here is an example.
Another variation to this activity would be for the adult to generate the numbers on the turkeys and the number sentences on the feathers. The turkeys and feathers would be placed in a bin together. The child will then have to solve the math problems and place the feathers on the corresponding turkeys.
Children of all ages can engage in these Thanksgiving Turkey Activities. How can you engage your child in these activities?