I have many fond memories of times spent there over the years celebrating our love for each other and being conscious of our many blessings. This time the crew there will include my parents, my husband and I, daughter Rachel and her husband Eric and twin daughters Tori and Brianna, daughter Sarah and her husband Lance, and son Caleb and his weimaraner puppy Sheila. There will be as many as 11 people there at once.
Let's just keep in mind that there is only one bathroom. Thankfully, it is INSIDE. Yes, I am thankful this Thanksgiving that we have indoor plumbling at the family cabin in the woods.
In looking forward to spending time with my 6-year-old-cutest-in-the-whole-world-twin granddaughters, I came up with the idea of a turkey game.
|Mrs. Snyder closely resembled this.|
Anyway, I do remember she had this amazing Thanksgiving visual. Somehow this gargantuan turkey poster had miraculously detachable and reattachable turkey feathers. I have absolutely no recollection about its educational objective, but I still remember that phenomenal turkey.
So, here is my game for the kiddos, and feel free to try something similar with your kiddos for those moments when you are waiting for the turkey to land on the dining room table and nothing else is happening. (Ha!)
I like math, and in my former life I used to teach math at our local college. On occasion I try to find fun ways to bring the math level down to a child's view, and you can see this previous post on Booger Math as an example. Today's game is Turkey Math.
The simple supplies I used to make this game are the following:
- a package of dessert size turkey paper plates
- a package of about 12 chip clips, multicolors look best
- 2 dice (or 3 if you want a spare for those wild dice tossing moments when one mysteriously vanishes under the table)
Cut the paper plates into some semblance of a turkey shape, around the given picture, as follows. Then put the numbers one to six at the spots where wings will be added.
Players take turns by tossing two dice, and placing a "feather" as appropriate. For example, the player on the left turkey rolled a 2 and a 3. That player can place a feather onto the 2 spot, the 3 spot, or add them and place a feather on the 5 spot. One feather per turn. If a feather is already on all of those spots, game play goes to the next player. Of course, before each feather is placed, the contestant must say one item for which he/she is thankful.
Players continue taking turns until a turkey is filled. That player wins.
For very young children I would use only one die. Simple number recognition would be enough of a challenge.
I'm looking forward to my time with the family. Wonderful people, delicious food, heavenly relaxation. And some Turkey Math, too.
Thank you, Mrs. Snyder.