Around the end of October I saw this really great math activity with a Halloween theme. Since I didn’t have much time before October would come to an end, I decided to make it a November activity. It turned out so cute I think this might be my favorite project in a long time! Normally I wait until the end to show the finished product but I just don’t think I can wait!
I started by making the turkey feathers. I dyed craft sticks with food coloring by adding a few (hundred) drops to a cup of water. The more you use the brighter the sticks will be. They soaked up the color pretty quickly and then took about an hour to dry. (This was a science experiment that I’m sure we’ll try later… the color climbed the sticks.)
Once they were dry I wrote addition and subtraction problems on one side. (I was pretty careful to make sure there would be an even number for feathers for each turkey.)
On the other side I tried to make math problems that would be easier so Little M could play too. After watching her a bit I think I would make these different. Just the numbers and the dots… not addition signs.
For the turkeys, I used toilet paper rolls. I cut slits up the bottom to make 4 “legs”. The craft sticks are heavy, the legs made it so the toilet paper roll wouldn’t fall over. I also covered the lid of a shoe box with construction paper as a base for the math activity.
Little M helped me hot glue the bottom. Ever since I started letting her use the hot glue gun she comes running when I plug it in.
Once the glue was applied I pressed the toilet roll onto the construction paper and squeezed the top to bend it a little.
I drew a turkey and then Hubs worked his magic and turned it into 12 turkeys. Here’s the Turkey Print out if you want it. M and M each took half and colored them in. I only used 10, but it would be easy to use 12.
Little M helped me attach the turkeys and that was it.
Our turkey math was ready to go!
All that was left was a little thinking. 🙂
This post is a part of the Thanksgiving lesson plan.
Those are adorable! We are definitely going to have to try this one! =)
I just love them. I think I will use them as decorations when the kids get done with them!
Melissa Taylor says
what a fun math idea!