Turkey letter sort and color sort is a fun, hands-on activity to get kids up, moving, and talking about letters, sounds, and colors. It’s easy to set up and clean up too. We used this activity for an arrival table time activity and they LOVED it.
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Grab a large piece of butcher paper or poster board and draw a large turkey. I used India Ink in a bingo dauber to create this cute turkey but you could also use paint or a marker to make the turkey outline. Write a color word on each feather with the matching color marker.
Then grab some color counters like these stackable color counters we used and some letter magnets. Any letter magnets or letter manipulatives will work.
Then students sort the counters and letters by color.
I have a multi-age classroom with three, four, and five year olds so this activity was super easy to differentiate. My 3/4 year olds sorted the color counters and my pre-k (4/5 year olds) sorted the letters. Students picked a letter, say the letter name and/or sound, and sort it by color. If they were sorting the counters, they had to say the color of the counter and sort it by color.
This is one example of a hands on letter game that I use to teach letters without using letter of the week! Students were talking with each other about letters and sounds in a meaningful way! This turkey letter sort was so much fun we are going to try a turkey number sort on Monday!
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