Read along for a free printable Thanksgiving activity that will keep kids engaged and learning independently!

Thanksgiving is only 7 days away!  And if you’re like me, you have a thousand tasks to do between now and then.  Whether you have kids in your classroom or kids at home, we could all use a few minutes of time when kids are occupied so we can play catch up.  And while I’m not anti-screen, it’s nice to have a screen free option in your back pocket.  This printable activity should buy you a much needed 15 minutes. Plus, kids will be practicing math concepts without even knowing it!  I’m providing 5 different activities for this single printable to match a few different skill levels.  What other ways can you think of to use this printable?


What You’ll Need:

    1) The printable

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    2) Pom poms in a variety of colors and sizes.

        Pom poms are one of my favorite inexpensive manipulatives.  You can get a huge bag here for $9 and you’ll be set for years!

   3)  3 dice

         It’s easiest if one of the dice is a different color, but it doesn’t really matter.  We can work with any color dice.

  4)  For Activity 5 Only: You’ll have the most success with this activity if you use a many sided die. 

This pack comes with a ton of different dice that would be perfect to have in your home or classroom!


Activity 1: Sorting Colors

              This couldn’t be easier! 

Step 1: Give kids the turkey and a pile of pom poms. 

Step 2: Have them sort pom poms by color.

If you want, you can offer a pair of these fun forceps to up the challenge a little. 

Kids practice fine motor skills, color recognition, and sorting by attribute.


Activity 2: Counting And Sorting

             Introduce a die to the game and you’re introducing new concepts. 

Step 1: Give kids the turkey, 1 die, and a pile of pom poms.

Step 2: Kids roll and identify the number on the die. 

Step 3: Kids then pick out that many pom poms from the larger pile and sort onto the matching feather.

 Kids practice subitizing, counting, fine motor skills, color recognition, and sorting by attribute. 


Activity 3: Matching Die To A Legend And Sorting

We’re upping the ante a little now by introducing a legend for kids to match. 

Step 1: Give kids the turkey, the dice/color legend, 2 dice, and a pile of pom poms.

Step 2: Kids roll 2 die.  

Die number 1 is going to be matched to the legend to tell us what color pom poms we’re grabbing.

Die Number 2 is going to tell us how many of that color pom poms we’re going to grab and put on the turkey feathers.

This is where it’s easier if one of the die is a different color, it’s easy to say “the number on the red die is the number we use for the legend”.  If you have two die of the same color, no problem, just have kids pick one die for the legend and one die for the number.  

Step 3: Kids pick out the correct color and number or pom poms as instructed by the legend and dice.

Step 4: Kids place the pom poms on the matching feather.

Kids practice: Reading a legend, reading color words, subitizing, counting, fine motor skills, color recognition, and sorting by attribute. 


Activity 4: Adding Dice, Matching To A Legend, And Sorting

Now introduce that 3rd die to the picture!

Step 1: Give kids the turkey sheet, the dice legend, 3 dice, and a pile of pom poms.

Step 2: Roll all 3 dice

Use the 1st die to match the legend and determine pom pom color.

Add the other two dice to determine how many pom poms to place on the feathers.

Step 3: Kids pick out the correct color and number or pom poms as instructed by the legend and dice.

Step 4: Kids place the pom poms on the matching feather.

Kids practice: Adding single digit numbers, reading a legend, reading color words, subitizing, counting, fine motor skills, color recognition, and sorting by attribute. 


Activity 5: Adding Dice, Reading A Legend, Sorting, And Place Value

We’re getting crazy over here!  We’re going to change one of our standard 6 sided die for a 10 or 20 sided die.  

Step 1: Give kids the turkey sheet, the dice legend, 2 6 sided dice, a 10 or 20 sided die and a pile of pom poms.

Step 2: Roll all 3 dice

Use the 1st standard die to match the legend and determine pom pom color.

Add the other two dice to determine how many pom poms to place. on the feathers. Kids will get larger numbers with these dice than they did in activity 4.

Step 3: Kids pick out the correct color and number or pom poms as instructed by the legend and dice.

Step 4: Kids place the pom poms on the matching feather.

Step 5: With these big numbers, it’s hard to fit all our pom poms on the turkey feathers.  Let’s trade 10 little pom poms for 1 big pom pom of the same color! 

Step 6: Kids place the updated large and small pom poms on the feathers. They fit much better! 

Kids practice: Adding single and double digit numbers, place value, reading a legend, reading color words, subitizing, counting, fine motor skills, color recognition, and sorting by attribute. 


I hope that helps buy you a few minutes of time and I really hope your kids have fun and learn a new skill or practice an old one!  Check back regularly for more free printables and follow me on social media for weekly activity ideas!