Get ready to bring some Thanksgiving cheer into your preschool classroom with our festive Thanksgiving counting cards! These are not just any regular counting cards, but they are specially designed as an essential part of Thanksgiving preschool lesson plans.
Each card is adorned with a cornucopia and a turkey at the bottom, setting the perfect Thanksgiving mood. They come in two variations so you can be sure to meet the skill sets of all the preschoolers in your classroom.
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These Thanksgiving counting cards are not just visually appealing, but they also provide a fun, hands-on way for preschoolers to practice their counting skills.
They can count the number of objects in the ten frames, identify the corresponding numbers, and even try their hand at simple addition or subtraction with the blank ten frames. There are two versions, too, one set with ten frames filled in for beginners and another set with blank ten frames for more advanced preschoolers.
This versatile tool can be easily integrated into your current Thanksgiving preschool lesson plans, providing a seamless blend of holiday celebration and education.
The best part?
These counting cards can be used in various preschool counting activities such as number recognition games, memory games, or even as a part of a Thanksgiving-themed sensory bin. So, let’s make learning numbers an exciting adventure this Thanksgiving!
Why Thanksgiving Counting Cards
Thematic activities, such as a Thanksgiving counting activity, hold immense value in preschool education.
These activities provide a context that makes learning more meaningful and relatable for young children.
For instance, a Thanksgiving counting activity not only enhances numerical skills but also introduces children to the cultural significance of the holiday. Overall, thematic activities like a Thanksgiving counting activity make learning a fun and interactive process, fostering a love for learning in the early years.
Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers
Amazon has a wide selection of Thanksgiving books suitable for preschoolers. These books range from interactive to educational, covering various aspects of the holiday.
These are some of our favorite Thanksgiving picture books in my personal preschool library.
Thanksgiving Counting Cards
If you’re a teacher, you know that your preschool class comes to you with a wide range of abilities, which can be challenging.
If you’re a parent, you also know that every child develops at his or her own rate.
That’s why these free Thanksgiving counting cards come with two levels, making them even better for your preschool math centers.
- Thanksgiving counting cards
- fun fall counters, like pumpkin or acorn table scatter, but buttons or traditional math counters are fine, too
Print the free printable at the end of this post on heavy card stock, cut out and laminate for durability. Separate the two sets, selecting which set is most appropriate for the level of your preschool class.
Place counters in a bowl or small basket, and then set them out on a tray with a set of the Thanksgiving counting cards. Invite your preschoolers to enjoy!
How to Teach Counting with Thanksgiving Counting Cards
These counting mats come with two sets so you can choose which set is more appropriate for your students.
One set has the identified number already filled in on the ten frame. This set is best for children who need practice matching number to quantity and have not yet mastered one to one correspondence.
The preschooler simply places a counter over each ten frame square that is filled in, counting as she goes, thus using the card as a guide to learn how quantity relates to number names.
The second and more challenging set do not have ten frames that are already filled in, so children cannot self-check.
This set is more appropriate for preschoolers who have already mastered one to one correspondence and do not need to guidance of the card, but rather just need practice solidifying the counting skills they already have.
And, if you’re a kindergarten teacher, you may also notice that even numbered cards have an orange border and odd numbers have brown. So imagine the math activities you could do with that!
Thanksgiving Counting Activities for Preschoolers
Why stop at ten frame counting cards? Try some of these other counting activities for Thanksgiving.
- Non-Turkey Thanksgiving Activity
- Turkey Number Order Activity
- Thanksgiving Counting Clip Cards
- Turkey Math Craft
Get Your FREE Thanksgiving Counting Cards
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.