Last week when I published our Thanksgiving Spelling Stones I promised that I had another simple activity to do with the stones. This is it. It was a rainy day ( can you tell by the not so great pictures?) but I wasn’t ready to turn the TV on yet. This simple game got them moving, playing together , and working on their own levels at the same time. I will be making many more sets of these stones to do this activity and others throughout the year. To find out how to make the stones themselves check out our spelling stones tutorial.
Before your kids start searching. Tell them the word / words you will be spelling and how many stones total they are searching for. This helps sneak in a wee bit of math.
Once all letters are in the basket start piecing together the word. At first my son started doing this step all by himself but I asked him to slow down and ask his sister to find him the letter he needed to spell from the bunch. This let him work on spelling and gave her a chance to work on letter recognition.
Told you it was simple, but hopefully I showed you how many little tidbits of learning you could fit into it too.
Check out some great Thanksgiving Books For Kids.
Creating two activities with the same materials for two very different abilities is one of my favorite challenges. These turkey cork boards made it simple. My daughter matched colors and naturally counted the feathers upon completion. My son loved the fact families and the novelty of using thumbtacks made it all the more fun. This Thanksgiving math activity was a huge hit at our house!
Color Sorting Turkeys
Fact Family Turkeys
I invited my math whiz and he jumped right in to pinning the feathers. I did not keep all the fact families on the same color feathers because I did not want him to simply match the colors. This activity could be adapted to any math ability. You could match numbers, match digits to tally marks , do odds and evens… they sky is the limit!
Books About Math
Check out our books about math for fun counting books and more for kids!
My daughter was Ariel for Halloween and ever since have been very into mermaids. When I asked her on a rainy Friday what she wanted to make her answer was “Mermaids” and I was stumped. So while she played I cut up a cereal box in 5 different ways trying to make something. The problem was I couldn’t draw the arms and face. Then I saw the American Girl catalog on the counter and inspiration struck! My daughter loved this craft and that’s what this craft is all about, having fun!
I have been working with Little Pim over the last few months and love their whole approach to language learning. My daughter loves their Spanish Language CDs and books and when they approached me to host a Twitter Chat I jumped at the chance.
Tuesday night at 9pm Eastern we will be chatting about holiday gift giving on Twitter. We will be sharing ideas and asking to hear yours about how to give #SmartHoliday gifts that promote learning all year long.
Follow the hosts @NoFlashCards , @LittlePim , and the panelists @teachmama , @pragmaticmom , @TaraZiegmont as well as the hashtag #SmartHoliday to join in. And don’t be shy we are there to talk and share everyone’s ideas not just our own!
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