## Fall and Thanksgiving Math Packs and Games (Free)

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

I’m always SO grateful for the educators who share their materials for free!  I was looking for some Thanksgiving themed math materials for my kids  and came across a number of free games and printables (most are from TeachersPayTeachers which you need to register (free) to be able to download). We have taken a number of pages for ED’s kindergarten math from Royal Baloo’s Thanksgiving Math Pack

Use a hole puncher to poke out the right answer:  Addition Pumpkin Poke with cards like these (with cards all the way from 1+1 through 12+12):

Here’s ED doing one of the problems:

Fields of Sunflowers Mental Math (a board game to practice addition problems mentally such as 26+50 or 644+200)

I used the cute turkey page from the pack: Turkey Counting Ten Frames and Addition for some dice-addition practice Multiplication Game: Thanksgiving 5-in-a-RowThis game is SO cute!  DD and LD will be playing this to keep on top of their multiplication facts:

Roll the die twice and multiply. Try to get 5 in a row before the other person!

Turkey Improper Fraction and Mixed Fraction Cards

Holiday Review Pack (Percent, Fractions, Decimals) for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Thanksgiving Magic Square for Fractions: (match all the sides to re-create a 3X3 square) by Heather from HoJo’s Teaching Adventures

This was tricky for DD, but LD finished it within a couple of minutes:

Turkey Fraction Cards (find all three that match)

I also made some new skip counting mazes for my daughter to practice her 2s, 3s and 5s:

Thanksgiving Skip Counting Practice

I also made some Thanksgiving themed Number Family Sheets and basic addition matching (turkey to feather)

You might also be interested in:

There are a number of other printable Thanksgiving and Fall themed math activities in my recent post Kindergarten Math (addition games/place value activities).

Last year’s post Fall and Thanksgiving Themed Printable Activities (free)  has a lot of links to materials appropriate for younger kids — preschool and kindergarten including dot-to-dots, preschool packs and more…

Also I wanted to add in that Art Projects for Kids has a great post on How to Draw a Turkey

Here’s DD’s version:

## Fun Fall Activities to Do with the Kids

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

I took this photo last year–the trees don’t quite look like this yet!

I love this time of year! Last Friday I shared some of the free fall-themed packets and indoor activities you can do with your 3-6 year old, but there are so many other great fall activities you can do with your child as well. Here are some of our favorites:

• just go outside and enjoy the weather
• collect leaves and do leaf rubbings
• go apple picking
• decorate the house in a fall theme
• go for a hike at your local state park
• plant bulbs in your garden for next spring
• jump in a pile of leaves
• make an apple or pumpkin pie
• go on a hay ride
• drink hot apple cider
• visit a corn maze
• visit a pumpkin patch
• carve pumpkins
• toast pumpkin seeds
• let the kids use the camera to take fall photos
• go camping and have a bonfire
• make some fall crafts (visit the Crafty Crow for a HUGE selection of fall crafts!!)
• make pumpkin muffins (here’s my favorite recipe!)

You might be interested in our previous fall activity posts: Scroll through to see spaghetti tree craft, pumpkin pie scented playdough and other fall themed activities like the ones below!

Fall and science collide!!

Our hands-on fall activities when ED was a toddler:

You might be interested in this post: Why I Love Fall!

## Free Fall Themed Packets for PreK-K (Ages 3-6)

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Get your 3-6 year old into the fall spirit with some fall-themed activities. There’s a huge selection of free packets to choose from… I’ll highlight a number of free packs I’ve come across:

Fall Pack from 3 Dinosaurs:

Fall Worksheet Pack from Mama’s Learning Corner (ages 4-6):

Fall Fun Printables by Homeschool Creations (preschool and kindergarten levels):

Preschool Pack about Scarecrows from 2 Teaching Mommies:

Also from 2 Teaching Mommies is a free Pumpkin Unit

Over the Big Moon has a cute Autumn Fairy Packet for PreK and K

A large packet called A is for Apples from Oopsey Daisy

L is for Leaves Packet from All Our Days

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You might be interested in these posts for 3-5 year olds:

Categories you may want to visit (which have posts related to these topics):

If you found these helpful, I’d love to hear from you here or over at my Homeschool Den Facebook Page.  I keep a running list of my posts over there, so it’s a quick and easy way to browse through old posts you may have missed.

## Fall and Thanksgiving Themed Printable Activities (Free)

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Here are a collection of Thanksgiving resources you might want to use with your kids the next few days:

ED has really been enjoying dot-to-dots. I thought these printables from Busy Bee Kids Printables were really cute and wanted to mention them if you are interested.

Fall and Thanksgiving Dot-to-Dots

Color the Turkey: A handwriting activity from Rowdy in Room 300

Cute Turkey Math Game:

This is a game I played with the older kids when they were in preschool; time to bring it out for ED!! I got the turkey print outs from mathwire.com. I used some craft cubes and wrote numbers on the dice, 0-5 on two and 6-11 on the others. It was good practice counting for my preschooler. I made the spinner using a template online which I printed on cardstock and glued on cardboard. I put a brad through (it’s sticking up a bit) and used one of the laminated turkey feathers which I cut down to size, and put a hole punch as the spinner’s arrow. I wrote in “odd,” “even,” “less” and “more.”

Thanksgiving Pattern Activity from Mathwire.com:

Here are some other places you can find Thanksgiving materials for preschoolers:

For older kids there are some fall themed skip-counting sheets over at  Print Activities. There is skip counting pages — 1s through 5s. Plus they have word scrambles, mazes and more:

I love these Thanksgiving Analogies by Rachel Lynette over at Teachers Pay Teachers. I’ll have LD and DD work through these during collection (our group time).

You might be interested in this related post: Fall and Thanksgiving Math Packs and Games which includes links to lots of games such as a multiplication 5-in-a-row game,  a fraction magic square, fraction cards, a mental-math board game, addition punch cards, a math pack and more.

## Fall Themed Craft: Spaghetti Tree

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

The last time we did spaghetti art, we simply colored strands different colors and made a free for all.  This time, we had a specific goal in mind… barren trees.  They turned out well!

• Cook spaghetti and cool with cold water.
• Mix glue and paint together.
• Dip the spaghetti into the glue-paint mixture and form into the desired shape

We placed ours on wax paper, but you could also place it on a plastic disposable plate or tray.

It takes several days to dry. Then we had to peel off the spaghetti-tree carefully off and let it dry for another day on the other side.