Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Turkey Math

The other day I put together these turkeys, and the kids have had a great time using them to practice counting and work on some simple addition problems.

To make the turkeys, I used:
Brown, Red, Yellow, and Orange Foam
(you could also use construction paper, but I wanted them to last longer)
Googly Eyes
Foam Numbers
Glitter Glue

1. Cut out 11 basic shapes of a turkey body out of the brown foam.

2. Make a face out of the googly eyes and scrap orange foam for the beak.
3. Use the foam numbers or glitter glue to make numbers on the turkey bellies from 0-10

1. First we put the turkeys in order from 0-10
2. Then, I gave each child a few turkeys and they worked to put the correct number of feathers on each turkey (ex: the #3 turkey had 3 feathers)

3. We talked about which turkeys had more or less feathers.  (This is a great way to bring in math vocabulary.)

4.  Then we started some simple addition problems by putting two turkeys together and seeing how many feathers they had in all.  We also did some simple subtraction with "How many more feathers does this turkey have than that one?".  The kids had a great time making up their own problems and getting their hands on the feathers.

The best part is that now we have another independent center to pull out when Big Brother is working on his homework and Little Brother needs some activities of his own.

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  1. What a great Idea! Stopping by from the Wobble Over Wednesday Blog Hop. I am your newest follower. Look forward to reading more of your lovely blog!

  2. Simple Math activity to do with turkey! Love it!

  3. I LOVE the monthly crafts! Thank you so much :-)