Cyber Monday TPT Gift Card Giveaway

We are giving away over $260.00 worth of TPT Gift cards.  Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a $10.00 TPT Gift card.  Don't forget to click on on the Blog Hop image at the end of the post  to complete the loop for a chance to win at each stop!


I can't believe how fast the last few months have flown by! It almost makes me sad knowing how fast Thanksgiving and Christmas will pass:(   At our house we start working on Christmas themes a week before Thanksgiving. Children LOVE gingerbread men (what's not to love about a talking cookie) and it is so easy to use gingerbread men to teach multiple concepts and the kids just eat it all up (:)).  Below are a bunch of ideas that I enjoy using at my home with my children and what I used in 4K!


Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!

Prior to starting a big unit I like to involve parents.  "I'm Not a Gingerbread Man" is similar to "I'm not a Turkey."  The boys and girls will take this activity home and complete it with their parents.   As a parent, I love getting activities to do with my children from school.  It gives me a chance to talk to to them about the concept.  I know that they go to school excited to share whatever we make.  My daughter loved this activity and wanted her gingerbread man to look like Santa.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
 To start our week we read the book The Gingerbread Man by Gail Yerrill.  I like this version, because there are not as many characters and the illustrations are amazing.  We worked on predicting with a quick little survey.  No matter the age I think it is important to work on book handling skills.  We are always looking at the characters, parts of the story, problems and solutions.  At least once a week I like to do an activity that builds on comprehension.  Story puppets are an easy fun way.  
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
 At home Violet and I continue to build on story comprehension with this fun character bowling game.  I taped the picture cards to to the bowling pins.  Violet used a cute ball I found at target with a gingerbread man to blow over the characters.  She had a blast with this!  

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
 We continued to discuss the characters with this simple sensory table.  I placed cotton balls in a shallow storage bucket, along with a fix, cow horse, pig, old lady and man and cute gingerbread figures I found at Hobby Lobby.  She continued to act out the book. 

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
  Next we read Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett.  This is my favorite gingerbread book of all time, and my daughter loved it.  We compared Gingerbread Baby to The gingerbread Man.  We looked at the characters, repeating phrase and ending.  I love creating the gingerbread house for the gingerbread baby.  My seven-year-old even wanted to create a house.  We used smelly markers and brown mail wrapping paper from the dollar tree to create our giant houses.  Violet also wanted to create a little house using the printable above. 

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
I try to tie as many concepts as possible into our units.  Violet has really been interested in numbers, shapes and colors the past few months, so that is where our focus has been.  I created Gingerbread Shapes book for her.  It is a cute repetitive book that she can read in her book area.  We tried to do a shape hunt around our house, however, she really didn't understand what we were looking for...so I created this simple sorting game.  She had to sort the pictures by shapes.  Violet loves to search the house in fun game-like activities.  She loved searching the house for shapes.  Once she found the shapes on the gingerbread men she colored it in.  We also rolled a dice, identified the shape and colored the shape on our gingerbread man.
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
  On Thursday we read Ten Little Gingerbread Men by Ruth Galloway.  We loved counting and it was fun to count the raised little gingerbread men.  We guessed how many would be left at the end of each page.  Next, I placed 50 gingerbread men on a parachute and Violet and her friends shook the parachute and watched the men fly all over the house.  As we shook the parachute we said the phrase, "Run run as fast as you can can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread men."  The boys and girls counted the gingerbread as they picked them.  We worked on 1 to 1 correspondence and matching numbers to sets by placing the matching number of gingerbread by each number.  We continued with a cute 1 to 1 correspondence worksheet, where the kids put stickers in the boxes by each number and placed the matching number of buttons on each gingerbread man.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
To end our week we decorated a gingerbread house and cookies.  They did pretty well on it on their own.  We build the base of the house and let it set overnight, added the roof in the morning.  We were able to decorate it after dinner that night and the 7 and 3 year-old were pretty independent.  

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
In 4K, one of the most memorable activities that we did was our gingerbread scavenger hunt.  First we read the book, Gingerbread Loose in the School by Laura Murray.  The boys and girls decorated a gingerbread man.  When they were finished we would head out for recess.  When they returned the gingerbread man was missing.  We created missing signs to find him, like the kids did in the story.  Then we went on a scavenger hunt to find him.  We do this at our house as well (both forms are included in the unit) except we are looking in bedrooms and bath tubs:)

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
I lucked out this year and scored a set of gingerbread men at Michael's Craft Store.  They came in a set of three:  small, medium and large.  So we used them to create art.  Violet dipped them in paint and we discussed and compared the gingerbread men.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
We also used the gingerbread men to create playdough gingerbread men.  They turned out really cute, the little guys all looked like minion gingerbread men.  I had a bunch of random things around the house and placed them on a little dinner plate.  

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
 Working with playdough was such a hit that we built gingerbread houses and put the letters of our name at the top.
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
One of our favorite activities was the gingerbread snapits and candy building blocks I purchased on Amazon.  
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
By far my favorite activity of the week was our gingerbread stockings.  We have been working hard on the letters in our name and letter order.  To start, I bought the stockings at the Dollar Tree.  Then, I purchased the stuffed gingerbread men and letters at Hobby Lobby.  I hot glue the letters to the stockings and gingerbread men.  I placed 3M hooks above the fire place and hung the stockings.  Violet loved matching the letters and placing the gingerbread men inside.  I also hid the gingerbread men around the house and she had to find them and place them in the matching stocking.   These were such a hit that we moved the stockings into her bedroom to play.  


Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
Another one of our homemade activities was this cute little gingerbread guy.  I bought the foam gingerbread men at a craft store and placed number stickers in place of buttons.  I used a paper punch to punch a hole under the number.  She used linking chains and placed the matching number of links under each number.

I hope that I was able to give you a few ideas for your gingerbread unit!  You can find all of the printables in the unit below.  Click (here) to check it out!  I have also included a Gingerbread freebie as well.  Click (here) to download.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!

If you are looking for resoures for your kindergarten classroom you may like:

     December Math and Literacy Centers               Gingerbread Worksheets              Christmas Math and Literacy Centers

 Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a $10 TPT Gift card and then click on the giveaway image below to head over to A Special Kind of Class for another chance to win!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

TPT Gift Card Giveaway


$200 IN GIFT CARDS UP FOR GRABS!!!


As we are all feeling jolly and in the holiday spirits, a team of teachers and I have FOUR chances for you to win a $50 gift card to spend at Teachers Pay Teachers, just follow the links below:

GIVEAWAY 1

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b4951b8510/

GIVEAWAY 2

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b4951b8511/

Winners will be announced and emailed on Cyber Monday (28th November 2016) - GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!"


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Gingerbread Man Activities, Crafts and Math and Literacy Centers

I can't believe how fast the last few months have flown by! It almost makes me sad knowing how fast Thanksgiving and Christmas will pass:(   At our house we start working on Christmas themes a week before Thanksgiving. Children LOVE gingerbread men (what's not to love about a talking cookie) and it is so easy to use gingerbread men to teach multiple concepts and the kids just eat it all up (:)).  Below are a bunch of ideas that I enjoy using at my home with my children and what I used in 4K!


Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!

Prior to starting a big unit I like to involve parents.  "I'm Not a Gingerbread Man" is similar to "I'm not a Turkey."  The boys and girls will take this activity home and complete it with their parents.   As a parent, I love getting activities to do with my children from school.  It gives me a chance to talk to to them about the concept.  I know that they go to school excited to share whatever we make.  My daughter loved this activity and wanted her gingerbread man to look like Santa.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
 To start our week we read the book The Gingerbread Man by Gail Yerrill.  I like this version, because there are not as many characters and the illustrations are amazing.  We worked on predicting with a quick little survey.  No matter the age I think it is important to work on book handling skills.  We are always looking at the characters, parts of the story, problems and solutions.  At least once a week I like to do an activity that builds on comprehension.  Story puppets are an easy fun way.  
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
 At home Violet and I continue to build on story comprehension with this fun character bowling game.  I taped the picture cards to to the bowling pins.  Violet used a cute ball I found at target with a gingerbread man to blow over the characters.  She had a blast with this!  

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
 We continued to discuss the characters with this simple sensory table.  I placed cotton balls in a shallow storage bucket, along with a fix, cow horse, pig, old lady and man and cute gingerbread figures I found at Hobby Lobby.  She continued to act out the book. 

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
  Next we read Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett.  This is my favorite gingerbread book of all time, and my daughter loved it.  We compared Gingerbread Baby to The gingerbread Man.  We looked at the characters, repeating phrase and ending.  I love creating the gingerbread house for the gingerbread baby.  My seven-year-old even wanted to create a house.  We used smelly markers and brown mail wrapping paper from the dollar tree to create our giant houses.  Violet also wanted to create a little house using the printable above. 

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
I try to tie as many concepts as possible into our units.  Violet has really been interested in numbers, shapes and colors the past few months, so that is where our focus has been.  I created Gingerbread Shapes book for her.  It is a cute repetitive book that she can read in her book area.  We tried to do a shape hunt around our house, however, she really didn't understand what we were looking for...so I created this simple sorting game.  She had to sort the pictures by shapes.  Violet loves to search the house in fun game-like activities.  She loved searching the house for shapes.  Once she found the shapes on the gingerbread men she colored it in.  We also rolled a dice, identified the shape and colored the shape on our gingerbread man.
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
  On Thursday we read Ten Little Gingerbread Men by Ruth Galloway.  We loved counting and it was fun to count the raised little gingerbread men.  We guessed how many would be left at the end of each page.  Next, I placed 50 gingerbread men on a parachute and Violet and her friends shook the parachute and watched the men fly all over the house.  As we shook the parachute we said the phrase, "Run run as fast as you can can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread men."  The boys and girls counted the gingerbread as they picked them.  We worked on 1 to 1 correspondence and matching numbers to sets by placing the matching number of gingerbread by each number.  We continued with a cute 1 to 1 correspondence worksheet, where the kids put stickers in the boxes by each number and placed the matching number of buttons on each gingerbread man.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
To end our week we decorated a gingerbread house and cookies.  They did pretty well on it on their own.  We build the base of the house and let it set overnight, added the roof in the morning.  We were able to decorate it after dinner that night and the 7 and 3 year-old were pretty independent.  

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
In 4K, one of the most memorable activities that we did was our gingerbread scavenger hunt.  First we read the book, Gingerbread Loose in the School by Laura Murray.  The boys and girls decorated a gingerbread man.  When they were finished we would head out for recess.  When they returned the gingerbread man was missing.  We created missing signs to find him, like the kids did in the story.  Then we went on a scavenger hunt to find him.  We do this at our house as well (both forms are included in the unit) except we are looking in bedrooms and bath tubs:)

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
I lucked out this year and scored a set of gingerbread men at Michael's Craft Store.  They came in a set of three:  small, medium and large.  So we used them to create art.  Violet dipped them in paint and we discussed and compared the gingerbread men.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
We also used the gingerbread men to create playdough gingerbread men.  They turned out really cute, the little guys all looked like minion gingerbread men.  I had a bunch of random things around the house and placed them on a little dinner plate.  

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
 Working with playdough was such a hit that we built gingerbread houses and put the letters of our name at the top.
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
One of our favorite activities was the gingerbread snapits and candy building blocks I purchased on Amazon.  
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
By far my favorite activity of the week was our gingerbread stockings.  We have been working hard on the letters in our name and letter order.  To start, I bought the stockings at the Dollar Tree.  Then, I purchased the stuffed gingerbread men and letters at Hobby Lobby.  I hot glue the letters to the stockings and gingerbread men.  I placed 3M hooks above the fire place and hung the stockings.  Violet loved matching the letters and placing the gingerbread men inside.  I also hid the gingerbread men around the house and she had to find them and place them in the matching stocking.   These were such a hit that we moved the stockings into her bedroom to play.  


Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
Another one of our homemade activities was this cute little gingerbread guy.  I bought the foam gingerbread men at a craft store and placed number stickers in place of buttons.  I used a paper punch to punch a hole under the number.  She used linking chains and placed the matching number of links under each number.

I hope that I was able to give you a few ideas for your gingerbread unit!  You can find all of the printables in the unit below.  Click (here) to check it out!  I have also included a Gingerbread freebie as well.  Click (here) to download.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!








November Math 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).  

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

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.  
Are you wondering what math concepts you should teach in your kindergarten classroom in November?  Check out this post to see what I teach!
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.
Are you wondering what math concepts you should teach in your kindergarten classroom in November?  Check out this post to see what I teach!
Addition November I still use objects to help students add.  Subtraction is similar.  This helps students visualize.



Turkey Activities for Preschool



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.  

A few extras...
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.

You may also like: