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One of our favorite books to read around the Thanksgiving season is Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon.  Besides teaching beginning math skills, the illustrations and story-line are simply adorable.

After reading Five Silly Turkeys to your little one, have them re-enact the story with their own little cut-out turkeys.  I created a free printable that you can use for this purpose.  It can be used on a felt board or attached to popsicle sticks. I also made a 2nd page with numbers to be used for beginning math activities.

## Five Silly Turkeys Printable

Turkey Printable Ideas…
1. Count the turkeys.
2. Try a few math problems- How many ways can you make 5?  2+3, 4+1, etc.
2. Put the numbers 1-5 in order. Count the corresponding number of turkeys for each number.
3. Put numbers in a hat.. pull out a number.  Count that many turkeys.
4. Hide the turkeys and have a turkey hunt!
5. Create a new silly story using the turkeys.

Print out extra turkeys and use with the story.. Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

Have a book discussion with your child.
Compare both stories. How are they the same? How are they different?
Which story did your child like better and why?

Written by Jen

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• Oh my goodness! I love and own these two books. Thank you so much for the activities, my kids are going to love this!

November 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm
• Great! We enjoyed both of them so much as well. Have fun!

Jen

November 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm
• I love the gloves!

November 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm
• I thought it was a cute idea as well. It’s from Reading Confetti.. another blog that I read. 🙂

November 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm
• Those gloves are hilarious! I haven’t read 5 Silly Turkeys, thanks for the suggestions.

November 13, 2012 at 9:58 am
• Your welcome! It’s great for little ones.. sensory feathers on the outside and great illustrations inside.

November 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm