Fine Motor Turkey Math Game

Fine Motor Turkey Math Game + Free Printable

Fine Motor Turkey Math Game

I’m always searching for ways to make developing fine motor skills fun. Remember this fine motor math game? I was inspired to create a fine motor Thanksgiving math game by Teach Preschool. I love the simplicity of using items like cups and pipe cleaners to create a game.


  • Disposable Cups
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Foam Die
  • Pony Beads
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Turkey Picture {free printable included below}

Poke several holes in the top of each disposable cup with a pen. Next, fold each pipe cleaner in half and insert the pipe cleaners up through the hole. The folded half of the pipe cleaner will now be underneath the cup and prevent the feathers from wiggling around or coming out the top. Print and cut out the turkeys included in the free printable below. Tape one turkey to the front of each cup.

Directions for Playing Game
Give each student in your small group a turkey cup. Students will take turns rolling the foam die and putting the corresponding number of pony beads on their turkey’s feathers. The colors of the feathers and beads don’t matter in this game, but you could add a color cube if you wanted the children to put the matching colors of beads on the pipe cleaners. Students keep rolling and playing until their turkey’s feathers are full.

As children pick up the beads and place them on the pipe cleaners they are developing fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. As they match the number of beads to the dots represented on the die they are practicing one-to-one correspondence skills. As they begin to instantly recognize the dots on the die without touching they are beginning to develop subitizing skills.

Click on the picture below to download this free printable
Free Printable Turkey Math Game

Don’t forget to check out the 10 other free printables on the Thanksgiving page!

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Printable Thanksgiving Activities

About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. Nancy Jernigan says:

    Great math concepts. Thanks for sharing .

  2. Love this idea, we have been playing a lot of dice game and I am looking forward to trying this one out next week. Thanks.

  3. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. This is a great idea! A great way to introduce dice skills to children. I am thinking I will make one for each of my students to take home to play with their parents!

  5. Great idea!

  6. Loved the turkey math game idea!! Lots of wonderful skills and very quick and easy to make!!! Thanks 4 posting:)

  7. Dr. Reacto says:

    Clever use of tactile stimuli and visual cues to help the little ones fine tune those motor skills. Plus the familiar animal shapes and bright colors make it fun. Nice job.


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