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.
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.
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