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Turkey Math

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Updated on Nov 25, 2013

This turkey hand activity is a great way to help your child practice patterns and number recognition, important concepts that she'll encounter again and again throughout her academic career. What's more, her little turkey counting hand is sure to inspire some good-natured giggling during the counting and pattern-creating process!

What You Need:

  • Plain glove or mitten
  • Sticky-backed Velcro dots
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Using a marker, help your child trace out between 10 and 20 feather shapes onto the construction paper.
  2. Encourage her to get creative and use multiple colors, but be sure she ends up with an even number of feathers.
  3. Then, using the scissors, help her carefully cut each of the feather shapes out.
  4. Next, using a marker, help her number each feather. She'll want to write two of every number.
  5. For example, if she cut out 20 feather shapes, then two feathers will have a 1 written on them, two will have a 2 written on them, and so forth.
  6. Have her count out how many velcro circles she'll need based on the number of feathers she cut out.
  7. Then, help your child stick the “hook” half of the Velcro dots onto the back of each feather (one per feather).
  8. To play, have your child place the turkey on her hand.
  9. Then, call out a pattern to her with one blank space (for example, 2,4,2, __ ).
  10. Your child must then find the correct feathers to stick to the glove, in the correct pattern.

Feeling ambitious? Try out some addition and subtraction if your kid is up to the challenge.

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