One of our favorite learning activities to do during this time of the year is to read books about the holidays. My children not only love to pull the classics off our bookshelf but they also like to pick out a few new books at the store too. My toddler immediately grabbed the book, 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston at the book store last week. I knew that both of my children would love this funny story about ten silly turkeys sitting on a fence. These goofy birds leave the fence one-by-one but they don’t just fly away. As we read through the book, I thought we could use it to learn how to count backwards, so we created the 10 Fat Turkeys Counting Backwards Activity.
- Turkeys Printables (Click on the links at the bottom of the page to print)
- File Folder
- Print the Turkey Printables. (Click on the links at the bottom of the page to print)
- Laminate the Turkey Printables using a thermal laminator and laminating pouches or self-adhesive laminating sheets. Laminating the Turkey Printables will make them more durable and last longer.
- Cut out the turkeys.
- Attach half of a Velcro dot to the back of each turkey and then attach the other half inside of the file folder.
As you are reading the book to your child, have him or her identify each number and remove the turkey with that number from the file folder. At the end of the story, have your child count backwards again as he or she puts the turkeys back in numerical order in the file folder.
The 10 Fat Turkeys Counting Backwards Activity would be a fun learning activity in any homeschool or set-up as a center in a classroom.
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