Looking for some turkey activities to add to your preschool Thanksgiving activities? I’ve got you covered with over 25 ideas that are all about the turkeys.
I know that turkeys might be a little overdone when it comes to Thanksgiving ideas for children.
But I have to admit that I don’t really get tired of all the turkey-themed fun. I think it’s because the kids seem to have so much fun with them every year. Their enthusiasm and interest makes it all seem fresh.
Let’s jump into the turkey ideas! I’ve broken them down into a few categories so it’s easier for you to find what you’re looking for.
You’ll find art and craft ideas, math, literacy, and sensory activities too. The only question is where you want to start!
Turkey Crafts and Art
We’ll start with creative turkey activities. These art and craft ideas are just right for your Thanksgiving plans.
Making turkey tracks turkey art is probably one of my favorite turkey activities with preschoolers!
The kids love putting together a turkey hat craft, especially because I make one for myself too.
How Wee Learn has a wobbly hat version to check out, too!
Use pumpkin seeds to make colorful turkey Thanksgiving art with the children.
Make a sweet turkey handprint with the kids using Things to Share and Remember’s printable poem.
The kids can use their hands AND feet for House of Burke’s turkey prints.
Or integrate hand prints into this Thanksgiving wreath from Alamo City Moms.
I love the use of natural items KC Edventures uses as part of her Thanksgiving nature craft.
Next up are turkey activities that focus on early math skills.
Kids who love dice games will definitely enjoy this fine motor turkey math.
Explore Thanksgiving math with foam turkeys and numbers. The kids loved working on a vertical surface as they worked with numbers.
Your students can practice color identification, counting, and addition with Preschool Inspirations’ turkey color and number match mats.
Fantastic Fun and Learning’s feather color sorting gives the kids a hands-on way to sort.
Kids can practice pattern and color recognition with Teach Beside Me’s turkey feather matching felt board.
Stir the Wonder’s turkey feather craft game gives the kids many chances to work on their counting.
Literacy Turkey Ideas
And of course I can’t leave out the literacy-based turkey activities!
Use a Thanksgiving emergent reader full of silly turkeys to review colors and explore many early literacy skills.
I adore Growing Book by Book’s feather letter turkeys. They’re perfect for working on kids’ names.
Books and Giggles’ turkey letter sound clip cards are perfect for practicing letter-sound correspondence.
The Preschool Toolbox’s turkey pre-writing activity encourages the children to work on fine motor skills and mark making.
Use stickers and a homemade turkey for Toddler Approved’s alphabet turkey matching game.
Practice letters with Pre-K Pages’ Thanksgiving literacy printables.
Turkey Sensory Activities
Finally, I gathered some sensory turkey activities. These would be great to use during small groups or center time.
This turkey sensory bottle is great for your calm-down spot or sensory center.
Play dough loving children will have a blast with Fantastic Fun and Learning’s Thanksgiving turkey play dough invitation.
Happy Toddler Playtime’s Thanksgiving sensory bin may be simple to set up but it has a lot of fun learning opportunities.
I love the fence and “feed” in I Heart Crafty Things’ turkey sensory bin!
Life Over C’s turkey squish bag would be perfect for toddlers (although I know preschoolers would love it, too).
More Turkey Activities
Here are just a few more turkey ideas for you and the kids. They can fit into a few different categories, so I’ll let you decide on the focus for each:
- Turkey bean bag toss from Pre-K Pages
- Thanksgiving felt board play from Where Imagination Grows
- Sticky paper turkey from Teach Preschool
Materials for Your Turkey Activities
I’m a big fan of using the materials you already have on-hand as much as possible. But you might want to pick up some new items if you try out these turkey ideas.
Here are a few possibilities to get you started:
Turkey Books for Kids
Along with all of the fun turkey activities, be sure to read a few good books to the kids this month, too.
Here are a few book suggestions to get you started:
Feel free to share your favorite turkey activities and turkey books in the comments! I’m always looking for new ideas.
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