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Stuff the Turkey Math Games for Centers

Get ready to gobble up some festive fun with our FREE “Stuff the Turkey” math games! During these Thanksgiving centers, students will strengthen their fine motor skills and number sense by using pom poms and tweezers to meticulously stuff the turkey. Beyond the feathers and festivities, these turkey activities double as engaging Thanksgiving fine motor activities, making them the perfect addition to your turkey centers. Let your little turkeys dive into a cornucopia of learning, as they practice 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10, with these differentiated turkey math games!

Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity!

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Stuff the Turkey Math Games Prep

In order to complete these stuff the turkey math games, you will need to create a turkey using a brown paper cup, construction paper, and googly eyes.

Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity!

First, cut out the feathers using a variety of construction paper colors. Then, attach them to the cup using Elmer’s liquid glue or a hot glue gun.

To complete the turkey, add googly eyes, a beak, and a snood.

Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity!

Don’t have brown paper cups… no worries! A plastic water bottle works too!

Stuff the Turkey Math Games

1:1 Counting

To practice 1:1 counting, the students will “stuff the turkey” with the correct number of each food. You can use red pom poms for the apples, yellow for the corn, and orange for the pumpkins. Don’t forget to download these “Stuff the Turkey” task cards at the end of this post!

Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity!

Another fun way to practice 1:1 counting is to have the students roll a die and count that many pom poms as they use tweezers to stuff their turkey.

To make this center more challenging, you can use a ten-sided or twelve-sided die as well.

Subitizing

For this game, the students will need pom poms and my favorite tweezers for little hands, as well as the FREE ten frames which can be found at the end of this post.

Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity!

First, they will choose a card and use their subitizing skills to determine how many pom poms to feed the turkey.

Then, they will use tweezers as they count the pom poms and “stuff the turkey.”

Adding

This game is great for working on addition. Students will need two dice as well as two different colored pom poms.

They will roll the dice. The first die will represent one addend and the second die will represent the other other addend.

Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity!

Next, the students will “stuff the turkey” with the pom poms and record the number sentence on this FREE response sheet.

For an added challenge, use dice that have numerals on them instead of dots. This way, the students will need to use the pom poms to model the problem, rather than counting the dots on the dice.

Find the Missing Addend

This game is a bit more challenging as students will have to identify the missing addend for 10.

To play this game, the students will need two different colored pom poms, as well as the FREE turkey task cards and making 10 response sheet which found at the bottom of this post.

Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity!

First, they will draw a turkey card from the task card pile. Then, they will add that many pom poms to their cup.

From there, the students will need to count on to find the missing addend to make 10.

Race to 20

Race to 20 is a fun partner activity that requires a die, two stuff the turkey cups, and 20 pom poms.

To play this game, the students take turns rolling the die and adding that many pom poms to their turkey cup using tweezers.

Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity!

Whichever student stuffs the turkey with 20 pom poms first wins!

For an added challenge, you can have students use a +/- die so they can work on both adding and subtracting within 20.

More Turkey Math Games & Activities

If you are looking for an interactive and concrete way to practice making 5 and making 10, this decomposing turkey craft and math game is just what you need!

Celebrate Thanksgiving, as you review math and literacy skills, with these engaging Thanksgiving centers for kindergarten & first grade. These Thanksgiving Escape Room activities can be used for a classroom Thanksgiving Party or turkey math and literacy centers. Students will practice CVC words, syllables, rhyming words, decomposing five and more. They will enjoy finding out which turkey in disguise stole the pumpkin pies with these Thanksgiving math centers and Thanksgiving literacy centers!

Before the kiddos make their own Decomposing Turkey, we work together as a whole class to build a large turkey. First, I choose a student to spill a cup of counters. Then, they will count and collect the feathers. As they are building the turkey, the rest of the students are using counters to model the problem on their ten frames.

On the second day, the students will spill counters and collect feathers to build their own decomposing turkey craft.

To learn more about building number sense with these decomposing turkey activities and craft, head to the full blog here!

More Turkey Activities

Learn all about turkeys with these 35 thematic turkey activities for all subjects!

Your students might also enjoy a few of these 30 turkey crafts and activities for classroom!

Pair these turkey math games with any of the fiction or nonfiction turkey books on this list!

Practice comparing numbers and counting forward and backward from a given number with these turkey number line activities!

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Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity! Add these stuff the turkey fine motor activities to your Thanksgiving math centers! These turkey math centers are great for practicing 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10. Plus, strengthen fine motor skills, as you build number sense, with these stuff the turkey math games and fine motor activities for Thanksgiving. These turkey math activities can be played independently or with a partner during math workshop, morning work, or as an early finishers activity!

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As a dedicated Kindergarten teacher for nearly 20 years, I believe the words “fun, play, and creativity” can sit right alongside the words “developmentally appropriate, engaging, and rigorous.” Learning is meant to be fun and messy!

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