Thanksgiving File Folder Games

With Thanksgiving around the corner, here are some festive file folder games we made for the girls.  Both Thanksgiving games focus on math skills.  And I’m grateful once again to my husband, Ed, for making all the clipart for me.

Thanksgiving Pattern Making

Like the name says, this game is about making patterns.  Little ones just learning about patterns, can simply match the pictures onto the pattern strips, while others can continue the pattern with the picture cards on the blank strips.

Download Thanksgiving Patterns File Folder Game

To make the file folder, you want to cut out the grid of pictures to make the card pieces.  I recommend laminating them to help them last longer.  Then glue the pattern strips down on the file folder.

I wanted to have the blank pattern strips too so that the girls could see where to continue the pattern and how many to lay out.  I attached them to the side of the folder using tape so that they could fold in to pack up the game and extend to layout the pattern.

I also added an extra blank one so that the girls could make their own pattern as well.

Turkey Number Game

In this game the girls add the feathers to the turkey body while practicing counting and number recognition.  I used the colorless feathers to act as a guide for where to add the feathers and so that the girls could match the numbers.  And be sure when gluing down the turkey body you only glue in the center so that the wing pieces can slide under the body.

Download Turkey File Folder Game

Once all the feathers are laid out, we practice some simple arithmetic, such as taking away three feathers and seeing how many are left then adding two back to see what it equals.

In addition to black and white wings, we also included a colorless turkey in case you want to have the little ones color their own set.  Instead of a file folder game you can turn this into a craft, coloring the pieces, cutting them out, and gluing them together.

Another option is to use the pieces to make a felt board story.  We sometimes sing a turkey version of 10 Little Indians:

One bright, two bright, three bright feathers,
Four bright, five bright, six bright feathers
Seven bright, eight bright, nine bright feathers,
Ten bright feathers on the turkey

 

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up we spent some time talking about St. Patrick and that saints are people who love God very, very much.  We also used it to do a lot of math and counting activities.  I actually had a few more things planned but my little leprechauns got so into counting their gold that we didn’t get to everything.

Skills: math, counting, fine motor skills,
Supplies: green felt, green posterboard, green yarn, file folder, pennies, ink & paper

Pots of Gold File Folder Game

Little leprechaun pots of gold seemed like a perfect way to practice counting.  This was the first file folder game I’ve made all on my own (well, to be honest, that my husband designed and I put together).  Usually I find others online but I couldn’t find one that I really liked.  We’re focused on counting and not as much the number symbols so instead of matching the leprechauns with the numbers on them, we just counted out pennies for each pot of gold.  For my girls at this age, it probably would have worked even better had I put each pot of gold on separate notecards, instead of the file folder with all of them, since they became a little overwhelmed with all the pennies.  But now I have it ready for next year when it will be easier and they can also match the little number leprechauns.

Apparently Mia became a little leprechaun because she kept grabbing the bowl of pennies and saying “My pot of gold!”  🙂  We ended up getting out two more bowls and practiced counting out pennies into their own bowls and then building towers with the pennies.

Pots of Gold File Folder Game

St. Patrick Action Story

We recently did an action story and the girls really enjoyed it. So I did one today for the girls to learn about St. Patrick. It’s pretty hokey but they had fun doing the motions. The girls loved the snakes so even after the story we spent a long time being snakes and then yelling “Go away snakes.”

St. Patrick lived a long time ago (wave back with your hand) and far away (wave far off) in Ireland. Ireland is across the ocean (make waves with hands) with rolling hills (draw hills with hand). St. Patrick loved (cross hands over chest) God (point up) very much. He loved (cross chest) God (point up) so much that he wanted to tell everyone about God (wave pointed finger like talking to someone). He told everyone in Ireland how much God (point up) loves (cross chest)us (point to self).

St. Patrick loved (cross chest) God (point up) so much that he could do special things. Ireland had lots of snakes (wiggle like a snack and stick out your tongue). The snakes (wiggle) were scary. St. Patrick loved (cross chest) God (point up) so much that God (point up) helped him get rid of the snakes (wiggle). St. Patrick said “Go away snakes!” (shout “Go away snakes!”) and the snakes (wiggle) went away. St. Patrick knew God (point up) could help him do anything.

Shamrock Felt Board Story

I really liked this Shamrock felt board story from preschooleducation.com.  I’ve been trying to get away from the 5 little whatevers for each holiday but I really liked this one because it was a little different.  The girls also really taking the pieces off of the board and this one forced them to take turns.

Five green shamrocks growing outdoors,
(Child’s name) picked one, and that left four.
Four little shamrocks, green as they can be.
(Child’s name) picked one and that left three.
Three little shamrocks playing peek-a-boo.
(Child’s name) picked one and that left two.
Two little shamrocks nodding in the sun.
(Child’s name) picked one, and that left one.
One little shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day fun.
(Child’s name) picked it, and that left none.

Lacing Shamrocks

I just cut out Shamrocks out of green posterboard and then punched holes along the edge for the girls to lace yarn through.  To make it easier I attached a little “needle” made out of a pipe cleaner.  Since we had sewn the mittens before, we experimented a little with different stitches.

Other Printables

Lately Zoe and Mia really like pasting things in place so they really enjoyed the shape and pattern printables I found at First School.  We also coloring some St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages.  Here are the ones we did:

Shamrock hat shape matching
St. Patrick’s Day pattern activity

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