Monday, November 14, 2011

Roll A Turkey - A Thanksgiving Freebie

Greetings blogger buddies! Lindsay here . . .

How many of you can remember back to your first year of teaching?  I can clearly remember being so young, so clueless, and so POOR!!  Man, waiting for that very first paycheck seemed like forever!!!!  In the meantime, I was super resourceful and creative . . .In fact, I used to make a lot of hand-drawn or self-created worksheets, charts, etc. because the price was right . . . they were free! 

Well, next week I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my kinder kiddos and I needed one more fun Thanksgiving center. I found an idea for a game online, and harkened back to my teaching roots . . . (drumroll please) . . . I created this one-of-a-kind, handmade "Roll a turkey" game template.  Here's how you play:

Students play in groups of two or three, each with their own "Roll a turkey" mat and something to draw with.  Students take turns rolling a 10 sided dice, and whatever number they land on, they get to draw the corresponding turkey body part.  If they already have rolled a number, they draw nothing and lose that turn. The first one to complete the picture wins.  This is a fun way for my kiddos to practice number identification and have fun too! I will probably laminate the playing mats so they can use wet-erase marker to play again and again.  For older students, you could create mats with math facts for each body part (such as 4+6 = beak).  Students would have to look for the math fact to correspond to the number they rolled.

(Click on image for link to worksheet)

Hope you have lots of super fun Thanksgiving celebrations planned with your kiddos as well!  If you decide to have your kids "Roll a turkey" let me know how it goes! :)



Delighted said...

My kiddos love these! I really helps some of them feel confident enough to help them draw! Thanks for sharing.

First Grade Delight

Sue said...
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Sue said...


I wanted to kids enjoy playing dice games. Thanks for sharing
Sue :)
The Very Busy Kindergarten

Crayons and Curls said...

Thanks for sharing! :)

Kristin said...

This is WAY better than the turkey roll I came up with (which is more like a turkey background situation). Thanks for sharing!!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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