My love for turkey crafts and activities runs deep! Tying in themes and holidays creates instant engagement, so I’m sharing three turkey games to practice comparing numbers and counting forward and backward from a given number. You can easily differentiate these turkey games using a smaller or larger number line. Get those little turkeys up and moving, as you build number sense and develop gross and fine motor skills, with these engaging turkey math activities!
TURKEY MATH ACTIVITIES USING A NUMBER LINE
1. TURKEY TROT
Turkey Trot is one of my students’ favorite turkey math activities! For this game, I lay large turkey footprint numbers across the floor. First, the students help me sequence the numbers. Then, I choose one student to be the turkey. That student will roll a die.
At this point, you could choose to play the game one of two ways. The “turkey” could stand on the number 0 and trot forward stopping at the number on the die. If you are playing this version, I would suggest using a 12-sided or 20-sided die. I actually have my students begin on the number they rolled and count on to the number 20. You could even have the students count backward from that number. There are so many ways to differentiate this simple game!
When we are finished playing the turkey game, the students make this adorable Turkey Trot number order craft.
2. TURKEY SQUEEZE
For this Thanksgiving game, I give my students two clothespins and a number line. You could also use teddy bear counters, linking cubes, mini erasers or any other manipulative. They begin by marking the number 0 and 20. I think of a number between 0 and 20, or you could also have a student give you a number. Then, I choose students to guess my number. If they guess too low, they will move the marker on the left to the number they guessed. If they guess too high, they will move the marker on the right to the number they guessed. Eventually, they will squeeze my number between the two turkeys!
You could also use a large floor number line (like in the Turkey Trot game) and choose two students to be the turkeys. The best part with this game is you could use any character to play… Reindeer Squeeze, Snowman Squeeze, Groundhog Squeeze!
3. RUN, TURKEY, RUN RACE
Another fun turkey math activity is racing down the number line. This game can be played independently, as well as with a partner. To play, you will need two “turkeys,” a die and one number line. I have my students roll the die, and then advance that many spaces on the number line. The first turkey to get to the number 20 (or whatever number your number line ends in) wins! This would make a fun independent center game!
Hopefully, your little turkeys find these turkey math activities just as exciting as mine!
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