Thanksgiving Motor Planning Ideas

With Thanksgiving approaching it’s the perfect time to start thinking about Thanksgiving motor planning activities.  I love Thanksgiving, I don’t like turkey, but I love that there are four days in a row that everyone in my family is home!  We have several different fine motor and gross motor activities to do this year that all include a Thanksgiving theme.  If Thanksgiving isn’t something you celebrate be sure to check out our Pumpkin Themed Motor Planning Ideas.  These are also perfect for this time of year.

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Thanksgiving Themed Motor Planning Ideas

The following activities are perfect for the month of November and especially fun right around Thanksgiving week.  All of the activities are designed with physical activity and motor planning in mind!

Turkey Spinners

Free Thanksgiving Printables - Thanksgiving Brain Breaks. Use these cute turkey spinners to add movement to your kiddos day!

This fun and simple gross motor game is FREE for you in the freebie library.  You need the printable, a paper clip, and pencil to create your spinner. 

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Thanksgiving Pom Transfer

A fun and easy way to work on fine motor skills is by transferring poms to your favorite Thanksgiving themed objects.  Use a tongs (affiliate) or fingers to work on this fun Thanksgiving themed fine motor activity.  

This is also a great activity to add in a wedge, balance board, BOSU ball, air disc etc. for a gross motor component! 

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Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot Holding Sign - Pink Oatmeal

The turkey trot is a fun way to add physical activity into your day.  Race to spell the word turkey.  Read in full about how to play the turkey trot game.  This game is part of the Thanksgiving Themed Movement Games Pack.

Thanksgiving Snap Cubes

One of my favorite ways to work on fine motor skills.  Thanksgiving themed snap cubes add to the fun this time of year.  There are several fun options to choose from and create! 

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Turkey Foot Path

Another fun and engaging activity is the turkey foot sensory path! Use an agility ladder or make one out of chalk or tape.  You could also just line up the turkey tracks without an agility ladder. Change up the position of the footprints to change up the ladder. 

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Thanksgiving Yoga

Another fun way to work on gross motor skills and physical activity is with yoga poses.  Turning yoga poses into a Thanksgiving theme makes them more fun!  Read about all of the different pose ideas.  Get a set of Thanksgiving Yoga Cards in the shop – Kids Clipart Version or Objects Version.   These are the same poses with a different presentation.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Clips

Create turkey feathers with this fun Thanksgiving themed clip game that works on numbers and fine motor skills at the same time.  You could use anything as the clips such as clothes pins or paper clips!

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Thanksgiving Themed Brain Breaks

Thanksgiving Motor Planning Ideas

If you need something fast, fun, and effective for your kids for the month of November, Thanksgiving Themed Brain Breaks are for you!  These are a fun way to add physical activity in November and at Thanksgiving.  

Thanksgiving Themed Play Dough Mats

Play dough is a fun and effective way to work on muscle strength for fine motor skills.  The thanksgiving themed play dough mats are perfect for this time of year.  

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Thanksgiving Gross Motor Games

How about games that can be played in a digital manner or printed and used as printables?!? Pink Oatmeal has games like this for you too. Play these games on a computer, tablet, or interactive whiteboard. You can even screencast the games onto your television!

Thanksgiving Feast

In this game you have the option to choose from different feast options on the table. Once you make your pick you do the gross motor movement associated with it. This game can be played digitally or printed and used as printables. 

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The picture below is an example of the Thanksgiving Feast printables in use! These look amazing on the bulletin board, but could also be used on a wall or door! Add a balance beam or hurdles and make them part of an obstacle course!

Turkey Feather Counting

The turkey feather counting game is a great way to work on one to one correspondence with movement. Count the number of feathers on the turkey. If you are correct, try the movement. If you are wrong, no big deal, try again. Get through all of the turkeys to complete and win the game!

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Turkey Life Cycle

How about combining a little science and movement at Thanksgiving? The Turkey Life Cycle Game does just that. Work on different movements while learning all about the life cycle of the Turkey!  This game can be played in a digital manner on your tablet, computer, interactive whiteboard or screen cast it on the tv.  It can also be printed and used as printables. 

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Thanksgiving Pre-Writing

Pre-writing strokes are important and need to be in place before trying to work on actual letters.  I like to laminate these pre-writing strips to use them over and over.  Dry erase markers work great for writing.  The Thanksgiving theme is perfect for this time of year.  

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Pink Oatmeal also has an adorable Thanksgiving themed pre-writing game that can be played on a tablet, computer, interactive whiteboard or screencast onto the television. Printable strips are included to work on these pre-writing skills. 

GET THE TURKEY FRIENDS PRE-WRITING GAME

Thanksgiving Wheelchair Activities

How about activities for the kiddos in wheelchairs at Thanksgiving? Pink Oatmeal has those ready to go for you! This game can be played in digital format, or you can use it as printables. Pick from the different Thanksgiving symbols and move!

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Use the printables however you would like. Put them on a wall, bulletin board or door (like the picture below). You could even have them out in the hallway. Carry them along with you if you travel between buildings. Create a game using the printables by tossing bean bags and doing the activity it lands on. 

Thanksgiving Themed Dice Games

Pink Oatmeal has several different Thanksgiving Dice and Movement Games for you to choose from. Play them in a traditional tabletop manner or get on the floor and play for different positions. 

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Thanksgiving Glue Dots

A great opportunity to work on fine motor skills and glue practice is with the Thanksgiving fine motor activities glue dots.  Place little dots of glue on on the Thanksgiving themed objects.  These could also be used on a vertical surface with a gross motor component or table top with a gross motor component. 

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Thanksgiving Dot to Dot

Try the Thanksgiving dot to dot game to work on fine motor control or as part of a gross motor activity. This cute turkey feather dot to dot can be done traditionally on the table top, on a vertical surface or like the example below over a peanut ball!

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Silly Turkey Spinner

The Silly Turkey Spinners are a fun way to spin and move. These must be played in PowerPoint. You can grab the Silly Turkey Spinners for free in the Pink Oatmeal freebie library

Thanksgiving Pencil Control

Thanksgiving Motor Planning Ideas - Pencil Control

Another great way to work on fine motor skills with with pencil control exercises.  The Thanksgiving theme makes it even more fun for the month of November.  

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Take the pre-writing strips to the vertical surface and add a gross motor component. In the picture below, a Bosu was added for a core and balance component and he is using a dry paint brush to trace over the lines. 

Thanksgiving Resources

Pink Oatmeal has a huge selection of resources that are created and ready for you! Save yourself time and effort and have fun and engaging resources that you can start using now.  The best part is you can use them over and over again every Thanksgiving!

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