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

 

Measuring Hands

While talking about our bodies this past week, we did this fun math and science activity, Measuring Hands. We traced the girls hands and used them to make measuring tapes. The goal was to get the girls to start understand concepts such as units of measurements and size comparisons by using something tangible that they could understand like their own hand. I got the idea from activities in the book Science is Simple.

Mia attempting to measure her rocking horse

Ahead of time I traced the girls hands and then used those as templates to make multiple hands out of colored construction paper. I knew I wanted to laminate just the hands to create a strip.  It was a little tricky but I took the 8 1/2 x 11 size laminating pouches and trimmed off the top so that I could connect multiple sheets together.

I taped the sheets together with just a little bit of tape in the middle so that it wouldn’t show up in the strips too much.  And I overlapped the sheets by about 1/2 cm.  To help keep the whole thing together I used a clear glue stick and glued the hands to the bottom laminating sheet.  And sometimes I even used a little glue to keep the top sheets in place.

We made the strips long enough to measure their height and larger items around the house.  I recommend also making a smaller strip of about 3 hands to introduce the concept and measure smaller items like their feet.

Zoe measuring the seat of her rocking horse. This is one time a smaller strip would definitely be useful.

 

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