# “Build a Turkey” Number Sense Activity {FREE Printable}

I recently shared this number sense activity from Creative Family Fun. I love this simple activity because it gets kids thinking outside the box, and forming connections between number representations, place value and more. As I thought about ways to do this with my kids, I thought it would be fun to do something similar with a “Thanksgiving” twist! Â This **“Build a Turkey” number sense activity** is great because it allows kids to be creative, and is accessible to all (regardless of ability level). Plus, it is **easily adaptable** depending on the age or needs of your students!

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#### “Build a Turkey” Set Up:

There are two different ways you could use this set. Included in the download is a **color and black and white copy**. I printed the **color** version and then laminated it so that my kids could use it over and over, and then **cut out** the pieces. We simply write the answers with a dry erase marker.

If you need a classroom set, though, you could print a **black and white** copy for each student and allow them to **color and cut out** all the pieces and then **glue** their turkey to another piece of paper with all of their answers.

#### To Use the “Build a Turkey” Number Sense Activity:

Once every student has a turkey and set of feathers, you need to **assign a number** to each student. You could start with a number and have students **count off**, or you could let them **draw numbers from a hat**.

Each student writes their number on the belly of the turkey.

Then, they must write **at least one representation of that number on each turkey feather**. This is such a great open-ended activity because the possibilities are *literally endless*!

If this is the first time you’ve had your students think about numbers this way, you may want to pick a number to use as an example to discuss first.

**Some different answers might include:** expanded form, number bonds, multiplication facts, tally marks, or subtraction facts.

#### Variations:

- For older students, challenge them with larger numbers or decimals and fractions
**Make it a contest**: Whoever comes up with the most (correct) representations of their number in 2 minutes wins a prize (they can write more than one answer on a feather)

**This would make a great activity before Thanksgiving break when all the kids are bouncing off the walls and ready for vacation!**

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Want a simpler version with less prep? Grab this printable set from Creative Family Fun!

However you use these, I hope it will help your kids to **increase their number sense and math fluency**, and most of all, I hope you have FUN!

Great idea. It is a super cutie idea for Thanksgiving!

Thanks Charlene!

This is so adorable. can’t wait to do this with my grand daughter. Thanks so much for sharing.

Arlene

Oh that’s great! I hope she enjoys it! ðŸ™‚

Awesome! I love how you added a Thanksgiving twist!

Such a cute turkey idea! I’m sure my second graders will enjoy this!

Sally from Elementary Matters

Such a cute turkey idea! I’m sure my second graders will enjoy this!

Sally from Elementary Matters

Thanks! I hope you guys have fun! ðŸ™‚