Free Printable Thanksgiving Turkey Shape Matching Activity

Roll and color activities are engaging for kids, especially those who are kinesthetic learners. We had so much fun with our roll and color fall leaves set that we decided to make a Thanksgiving version too. In this free printable turkey shape matching activity kids get the chance to practice shape recognition as they color in their own turkeys. At home you can set this activity up as quiet work during rest time, a choice option on a home preschool {Read More}

Thanksgiving Sensory Soup Water Play

Water play is such a soothing activity to incorporate into playtime and learning. When you added elements to make sensory soup you also add the opportunity for pretend play. In the past we’ve made various holiday-inspired water play bins.  This Thanksgiving sensory soup idea incorporates some of the common symbols of Thanksgiving, and it led to a lot of play and learning. We started with a bin of water, large spoons, real cranberries, plastic mini pumpkins, and Indian corn. If {Read More}

Yarn-Wrapped Turkey Thanksgiving Craft

Yarn-wrapped crafts are simple enough for kids of all ages, and we love how they turn out. There’s no “right” way to make them. Simply wrap and wrap until you’re pleased with the result. That’s what we did with this adorable turkey Thanksgiving craft. Materials Twigs Hot glue gun Brown yarn Feathers Yellow paper cut into a triangle for the beak Buttons for the eyes Start by using the hot glue gun to make a triangle shape with the twigs. {Read More}

Roll-a-Turkey Thanksgiving Activity

Need a quick activity for toddlers and preschoolers this Thanksgiving? This roll-a-turkey activity is a terrific Thanksgiving activity for the classroom or home. Place the items on a tot tray  for free choice time, or put them in a busy bag and take them on the go. Materials Feathers (ours are from Brown and orange craft foam Googly eyes Cube Fine point permanent marker Preparing this activity takes less than five minutes. Cut a turkey body out of brown foam. {Read More}

Paper Roll Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Crafts can be a fun way to sit down and connect after school. Tinker regularly asks to do a “project” when we get home. This paper roll Thanksgiving turkey craft is one of the creations we made as we sat and chatted about her day at school. This craft would also be good for a school activity for older students or a small group project with a teacher’s help in preschool. Materials Two strips of brown construction paper (approximately 1.5 {Read More}

Thanksgiving Sensory Play

Explore the colors, scents, and textures of the season with these Thanksgiving sensory play activities. These ideas are terrific for your classrooms, homeschool, or fun ways to keep kids busy during Thanksgiving. You’ll find sensory bins, small world play, scented paints, and play dough. Thanksgiving Sensory Play Activities Indian Corn Sensory Bag Harvest Scented Paints from Learn Play Imagine Harvest Sensory Bin from Little Bins for Little Hands   Fall Sensory Bin from The Chaos and the Clutter Cranberry Play Dough {Read More}

Books About Colonial America

As fall begins, we start to think about Thanksgiving, Halloween and northern states (well, at least in Florida we do since we don’t have the beautiful changing of leaves). In many classrooms and at home, looking at the colonial period fits in perfectly with this time of year. As you study the First Thanksgiving, you can use the books on our list today to also look at life in the colonies. Enjoy fall and digging a little deeper into American {Read More}

Easy Paper Plate Turkey Craft

As we get closer to Thanksgiving we’ve been having fun with new turkey crafts and turkey math activities. Yesterday when Lovey got home from school she said she wanted to make something else for Thanksgiving, so we quickly gathered a few supplies and made this simple paper plate turkey craft. In addition to being a quick and easy Thanksgiving craft, it’s great for fine motor practice. It’s terrific for both kids who love to cut and kids who don’t really like to {Read More}

Turkey Feather Math Thanksgiving Activity

In kindergarten right now Lovey is working on beginning addition, and a large part of that is learning about number pairs. She’s exploring the many different number pairs you can use to make up different numbers. To help her we’ve  been doing a few different hands-on activities. This is one we’ve tried in honor of Thanksgiving in a few weeks. We started by tracing the palm and thumb of her hand on brown paper. We made a bunch of the {Read More}

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Yesterday I shared how we explored painting with dough cutters. After we experimented with them a bit we used them to make the feathers on this easy Thanksgiving turkey craft for kids. We started by using our dough cutters to paint “feathers” on our turkeys. Each of the kids tried a different approach, some working in a pattern and others working in a more abstract way. Once the “feathers” were dry we added the turkey body. You can use any {Read More}