Turkey Activities for Preschool Freebie



Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the fall?  Now that we have wrapped up the sugar rush of Halloween, it is time to move on to another fun holiday-Thanksgiving!  Turkey's are one of my favorite themes during the weeks before the big turkey feast.  There are so many cute hands-on activities that can tie into what is going on in the environment around us!  Think of all the connections children make when they can involve all of their senses.  All of the printables are a part of a cute freebie pack.  Click HERE to check it out!  
Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
My daughter Violet had fun trying out the activities with me.  She is three and knows almost all of her colors.  Sometimes, like most kids, she mixes up brown, black and gray.  I made sure to included those tricky colors in this simple little reader.  I knew this would be a hit with her, so I made sure to laminate the book and add a binder ring for a little more movement between the pages.

Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
She loved the cute little turkeys and read the book about 100 times.  This would be a cute book to keep in your reading area for a while after the activity.

Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
After we read the book a few times, I gave Violet a "Turkey Color" sheet and she searched the house for all of the different colored turkeys.  When she would find one, she would color it to match.   She is obsessed with coloring so I knew this would be a hit.  I placed all of the colors that she would need in a snack size baggie and attached them to the top of the clipboard.  When I use this in a classroom (if your lucky enough to have an assistant or parent helper) I would have half of the students do this activity and the other half work on a turkey crafting activity.


Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
To review the colors we completed this cute little color book.  Prior to the activity, I underlined each color word with the matching color.  As we came to each page we named the color.
Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
We continued talking about colors with these giant feathers I found on Amazon.  They had fun putting them in playdough and pretending they were turkeys.


Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
 Another one of my favorite turkey books is Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon.  It is such a simple, yet cute rhyming/number book.  I based a whole days worth of activities around it.  After we read the story, we talked about how the turkeys went missing in the story.  I asked her if she could help find them around the house.  I gave her a magnifying class and asked her to search the house like she was a little turkey looking for her friends-and boy did she get into it!  
Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
We are lucky enough to have a farm nearby Nana and Papa's that allow little "corn inspectors" to pick up the corn left behind in the harvest.  After we searched the house for turkeys we discussed how turkeys loved to eat corn.  So we took our little beanie baby turkey and searched the field for corn.   

Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
 One of my favorite fine motor activities is to have children dehusk the corn.  This little girl got her fingers working and helped push each corn kernal into a little sensory container.  Then I added little fall felt stickers to the corn.  Violet used her "turkey claw" (with a few more toes) to search the corn for the items.  Then she placed them on a laminated mat.  We practiced one to one correspondence with the item and identifying the numbers 1-5.  
Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
 When it started to rain, we played this cute little gross motor activity that even the seven year-old wanted to participate in.  I placed three hoola hoops (from the dollar tree) in a line with the "turkey number printables" inside them, with the number 3 the furthest away.  I wrapped beanbags with rainbow scarves and we talked about the colors as we threw them.  Unfortunately for the poor little turkey, he was the most fun to throw:)

Next we read my favorite Thanksgiving/turkey book, Run Turkey Run by Diane Mayr.  We had fun helping the turkeys race to the woods.  We used a straw to blow the feathers across the table to the safety of the trees (blocks).  

Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
The boys and girls loved our tag game we named after the story.  One of the kids pretended to be the farmer and wore an orange hat.  The others were the turkeys (felt crown).  The farmer had to catch all the turkeys and bring them back to the farm. 
Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
After reading the story, we build trees with our ABC blocks and then Violet helped rescue the turkeys by blowing them to the trees to "hide."  She used a straw to blow all of the feathers to the blocks.


We read the story, T is for Turkey by Tanya Lee Stone.  Then, we listed all of the things that start with a /t/ sound on a giant piece of paper.  
Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
We had fun finger painting a giant letter T.  If you were to use this in a classroom, it would be fun to write the first letter of each child's name and have them finger paint or glue feathers on it and share with their peers.  

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Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
 To continue working on colors I placed all of the colors from our story on a paper plate and my little friend helped me name each one as it was poured.  Of course we mixed them all to make a cool greenish color and Miss V dipped a cookie cutter in the paint to make a cute turkey painting.
Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.
On one of our outings outside we found these cute little pine cones and the kids wanted to make something with them.  So we used leftover foam leaves from our fall activities and a red and orange pipe cleaners (as well as paper eyes) to create this cute little turkey.  
Turkey and Thanksgiving themed crafts, activities, math and literacy centers, ideas and freebies for your kindergarten, preschool and homeschool classrooms.

Of course we had to make something sweet, so we made these cute cupcake turkeys.  You can find these little kits on Amazon or Michael's.  The beak is built into the cupcake liner but a piece of candy corn and twistable licorice (for the waddle) would be cute as well.

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November Math and Literacy Centers

Are you wondering what math concepts you should teach in your kindergarten classroom in November?  Check out this post to see what I teach!

It is hard to believe that November is here!  For a lot of schools, they are getting close or starting quarter  2.  For many of you, your hard work is paying off and the students are starting to follow rules and routines a little more independently.  
In November, I start to introduce a lot of new concepts in math.  Although my school implements Everyday Math, the small group activities are not enough to help students master concepts.  So I have created centers that will help reinforce small lesson concepts and build these important skills.
If your school is like mine, Kindergarten teachers are responsible to create their own timeline of when important concepts should be taught and implemented in the classroom.  I created this blog post to share the math concepts and activities that I introduce and use in the month of November click (here) to see the unit (it includes literacy concepts as well).  

November Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten
Number Identification and Writing Practice (1-10) (1-15) 
Kindergarten has changed so much in the last five years that we are under the assumption that students come into kindergarten with a good number sense.  I have found this to be untrue.  Some students are able to count to 100, but because their fine motor skills are so low they are unable to write the numbers 1-10 in the correct manner.  This is something that needs to be practiced consistently.  We write numbers on a weekly basis.  We have moved on to 1-15.

Ordering Numbers  In November I expect kids to be able to not only write numbers 1-10, I am looking for them to order numbers 1-10, 1-15.  I set this activity near a pocket chart and the boys and girls place their recording sheets on a clipboard.  Then, the boys and girls order the numbers and write or trace the numbers. 
November Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten
Missing Numbers to 10/Unscramble is another activity that really helps students visualize a number line from 1-10.  Believe it or not students are still mixing up numbers at this point of the year.

Matching numbers to sets is another favorite in the class.  The boys and girls like to use colored pencils (twistables) to represent each number.  It ends up looking like a rainbow write.  
November Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten
Ten and Twenty Frames  The boys and girls feel comfortable working with ten frames and most are pretty comfortable with the numbers 1-10.  Counting Crows is a great activity to use to work on twenty frames.  The boys and girls count the crows, write the number and color the ten/twenty frame to match.


Estimation can be a hard concept for students.  Kids always want to have the right answer.  This activity is a simple way to practice estimating.  This is a concept that we have done in a large group setting throughout the beginning of the year, but the first time independently. In Beary Fun Estimation the boys and girl choose a bowl of bears, and write their "estimation" on the bear.  Next, they count the total number and than write the number on the bowl. 
November Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten
In A Hand Full of Estimation the boys and girl choose a handful of bears and write their guess in the first hand and the actual amount in the second hand.

Measurement is always fun for the kids.  They especially love the pan balance.  I like to hold the kids accountable with  Beary Fun Balance.  The boys and girls choose a card and place the matching number of bears on each side and color the picture of the matching pan balance.
November Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten
We continue to work on measurement with How Does Fall Measure Up.  The boys and girls count how many block units tall each fall picture is.  Its a nice introduction to base ten blocks as well.

Count and Graph The boys and girls love little graphs that they can do independently.  Up until November we usually do graphs in a large group setting.  In Forest Friends Count & Graph the boys and girls will count and graph each of the forest animals.
November Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten

Number Sense and Dice We all know that learning is more fun when you make it a game...now at some feathers and its a blast.  The boys and girls LOVED Tail Feather Fun.   They roll the dice and then add the matching number of feathers.  Their favorite part was adding the feather to the dough.  
November Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten
The boys and girls also had a blast with Color Word Corn.  They roll the dice and color the corn the corresponding color.

Shapes In November, most of the boys and girls can identify all of their shapes and we are starting to look at 2D and 3D shapes.  In Shape Chase the boys and girls choose a card and determine which shape the 3D picture resembles.
November Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten
Addition November I still use objects to help students add.  Subtraction is similar.  This helps students visualize.

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Leaf Activities for Preschool

Leaf and Fall Activities for Preschool
If you live in an area with changing seasons, your kids are in observation overload.  We LOVE fall.  We spend a lot of time outdoors picking up leaves and acorns.  Our Leaf Unit was just what we needed.

Leaf and Fall Activities for Preschool

For our learning warm-up we headed outside on an "Autumn Hunt."  As we found the items on our checklist we crossed them off.  We put the ones that would fit into our bag.

Leaf and Fall Activities for Preschool
We also worked on measuring using maple leaves for our unit.  This would be a cute class book.  V was 7 leaves tall.  

Leaf and Fall Activities for Preschool
Next we compared and contrasted leaves by size.  First V had to sort lots of leaves as small, medium and large.  I purposely made the leaves bright colors.  Children naturally want to sort by color so she really had to think about it as she sorted.

Leaf and Fall Activities for Preschool
We are lucky to have a variety of colored leaves in our area.  This cut Leaf Colors reproducible was a great way to match and discuss colors.  Prior to the activity I underlined the color word with the matching color.  V practiced tracking print by pointing at each word and then "read" the color word.  Then, she colored the leaf the matching color.

Leaf and Fall Activities for Preschool
Our favorite book to read in the fall is There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed some Leaves.  V loved retelling the story with this cute story propThis was great for practicing sequence.  

Leaf and Fall Activities for Preschool
We also had fun with creating a leaf collage, and water painting leaves.  Prior to the activity, I wrote V's name with a white crayon.  She had a blast finding it and identifying the letters in her name.

We had so much fun with this unit.  We hope you like it too!

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Halloween Centers for Preschool

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool

We are HUGE fans of Halloween in our house.  We have been working on counting, number identification, letter identification and writing.  We had a ton of fun with these centers.  Here in the link:  Halloween Centers Preschool.

We worked on a variety of math, literacy and writing skills.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool

Haunting Patterns: V put the spooky puzzles back together and identified the shape pattern.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool

Ghouling Roll: V rolled a die, counted the dots and found the matching number.  Then, we used a tweezers to place the pom poms on the monster.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
Ghostly "Sights:" V identified the number and placed the matching number of googly eyes on the ghost.  Then, we traced the number.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
Frightening Jack-o-Lanterns:  we had fun identifying the number and placing the matching number of jack-o-lanterns on each card.


Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
Webbed Letters:  this was V's favorite activity.  She identified the number and stuck the matching number of spider rings through the pre-cut slits.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
Tricky Numbers:  We worked on number identification, formation and one to one correspondence.  She loved using an EXPO marker and the little treat erasers.


Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
Build a Jack-o-Lantern:  this was a fun matching emotions center.  V choose a card and then used the facial pieces to complete a matching jack-o-lantern.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
Creepy ABC Match-Up:  V matched uppercase letters on a variety of spooky cards.  I placed these in a sensory table filled with webs and spiders (5 cards at a time).  she found all of the matches and placed the bats, spiders, pumpkins and ghosts on the card with the matching letter.
Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool

Bewitching Letters:  V tried to identify the letter at the top of the strips.  Then, she covered the uppercase and lowercase letters with flannel pieces.



Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
Slap a Jack-o-Lantern:  We love ABC games.  This was a two player game.  We divided the cards between the two of us face down.  As we placed the cards in the center we identified the letter.  If a boo card popped up the first person to slap the deck was able to keep it and place the cards in their treat bag.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
Variety of Printables:  V loves coloring.  We colored by letters, made a mini tracing book, searched for spooky characters and had fun with mazes.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
We have a neat way to store our centers.  I have an old listening center rack that acts as a center area.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool

Each center comes with bin labels and direction cards.  I place all of the materials needed for the activity in a plastic tote bag.  The kids can choose a bag and have everything they need in one location.  
Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
These would be a great home connection activity as well as classroom center, for parents that are asking for learning materials to come home.

Halloween and October morning Tubs, Centers and Activities for Preschool
All of the centers come with bin labels as well for center tubs.

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