Turkey Math

Turkey Math

My son loved making these cute foam turkeys, and I was so surprised at how much time he has spent counting because of these little gobblers. Every day for the past week, he has asked to pull them out and practice his counting. Even his baby brother is counting along with him! And since they're made of foam, they'll last well past Thanksgiving Day!

Ages:
3 - 5
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. foam (brown, red, orange, yellow)
  2. foam numbers
  3. tacky glue
  4. googly eyes
  5. scissors
  6. sandwich bag / small ziplock bag
  1. This project was a great way for us to use up some of our scrap foam. We couldn't find any foam 0s, so we ended up using glitter glue for our "0" and "10" turkeys.

  2. My son traced the baby's shoe on brown foam to get a rough outline for our eleven turkeys. Then we cut out our turkey bodies.

  3. We cut orange triangles out of orange foam for beaks. Then my four-year-old glue the beaks, googly eyes, and numbers (from 0 to 10) on the turkeys. 

  4. While the turkeys dried, we cut out feather shapes from the brown, red, orange, and yellow foam. Since we were using scraps, the feathers ended up being different lengths. All the cutting was great fine motor practice for my son, and my toddler had a great time picking up the feathers and putting them into different piles.

  5. Once the turkeys and feathers were ready, we got ready for some math! First, my four-year-old put the turkeys in order from 0-10.

  6. Then he put the correct number of feathers on each turkey. After that, he was ready to take a break and do something else. I was surprised when he said he wanted to draw his turkeys and write the numbers.

  7. Later, we did some more turkey math. I pulled out two turkeys and had him put the feathers on. Then we compared them to see which one had more.

  8. We added feathers to see how many feathers two or three turkeys had altogether. After doing this a few times, my son wanted to see how many feathers were in all of the turkeys!

  9. I was so impressed by all the number sense he gained from this activity. At one point, he looked at his older brother and said, "Zero means that there are no feathers." The best part is that now we have a bag full of turkeys and feathers for my younger son to pull out while his big brother is working on his homework.