Friday, November 15, 2013

Montessori-Inspired Turkey Activities Using Free Printables

Free Turkey Printables and Montessori-Inspired Turkey ActivitiesBy Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now 

Even though I'm a vegetarian, I enjoy using turkeys as a theme for Thanksgiving ... I just don't focus on turkeys on the Thanksgiving table. Today, I want to share some free turkey printables and ideas for hands-on activities for preschoolers through first graders. 

You'll find many more activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing

You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities.  

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Turkey Practical Life and Color Matching Activity 

  Turkey Practical LIfe and Color Matching Tray

This was a fun activity to prepare. I used the the Turkey Template by The Mommy Teacher to create a turkey from a colander. Because I had found a small colander at the grocery store, I printed out the turkey template at 50%. With a larger colander, I would have used the larger size. I also printed out the Turkey Feather Color Game from TOADally Tots for the feathers. I used a large plastic tray from Montessori Services.

Turkey Practical Life and Color Matching Activity

When I laminated the feathers before cutting them out, they were stiff enough to insert into the colander holes for a practical life activity. I would recommend using this as a color-matching activity as well. I only used two feathers of each color for the matching activity. 

For a child who isn't comfortable with identifying colors yet, you could first lay out the feathers on a table or rug. Then place one of the feathers on the table or rug in front of the child and ask him or her to find the matching feather. After that, the child could insert the feathers into the colander. A child who's more comfortable with color names could be asked to find the red feathers and so on before inserting them into the colander turkey. 

Although I used feathers from the printable, I imagine colored feathers from a craft store would work very well. You could also use different colors of pipe cleaners and have the child place matching colored beads on each pipe cleaner after it's inserted into a hole in the colander. 

Turkey Cutting Activity 

Turkey Cutting Activity

For this activity, I used the Thanksgiving Cut It Out from This Reading Mama. This printable has many fun turkey cutting activities for various skill levels. The photo is just one example of a tray for cutting straight lines to make turkey puzzles. The tray is an inexpensive wooden tray from Michaels hobby store.

Ten Little Turkeys Activity and Song 

Ten Little Turkeys Tray

I always loved holiday songs and props for "circle times" as a Montessori teacher and as a homeschooler. This activity uses the Ten Little Turkeys Activity and Song printable. I especially like that it includes a link to a very cute "Ten Little Turkeys" song with original melody and audio by Rachel Rambach. You could use the props at circle time and allow children to use the tray to act out the song on their own. 

Ten Little Turkeys Activity

Turkey Fractions Activity

 Turkey Fractions Tray

The turkey fractions activity uses the Turkey Fractions printable from Classroom Game Nook. This is just a fun themed extension to fraction work. The printable also contains the fraction words, but I only used the symbols and numerical fractions. I put the layout on a large hemmed work rug from Montessori Services.
Turkey Fractions Layout

Build-a-Turkey Phonetic Reading Activity 

Build-a-Turkey Phonetic Reading Activity

This was a super-easy activity to prepare. I used Build a Turkey - CVC Freebie from My Fabulous Class and a a medium-size tray from Montessori Services. This is simply a fun way for children to work on blending phonetic sounds into words. 

Build-a-Turkey Phonetic Reading Activity Layout

More Free Printables and Thanksgiving Activities 

Go to my post at Living Montessori Now for links to LOTS of turkey freebies from around the blogosphere: Free Turkey Printables and Montessori-Inspired Turkey Activities

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Deb Chitwood 
Deb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in Colorado Springs with her husband of 38 years and their cat of 12 years. She blogs at Living Montessori Now. 

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  1. Pinned! Coloful educational fun, as always!

    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Carolyn ... and thanks for pinning. :)

  2. I LOVE these ideas! I think the colander with the feathers may be a favorite- but they are all great. Thanks so much for sharing!
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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment, Carolyn! :)

  3. I love the turkey colander! Where did you find the red colander? Thanks

  4. A special thanks for this nice post. ! I'm so glad to find your page. My kids and I really enjoyed it !


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