These free printable Thanksgiving number puzzles are self-correcting and a fun way to help your preschooler practice their numbers!
These Thanksgiving themed two part number puzzles are a fantastic way to help your little learner become more familiar with their numbers. Use them to help your child learn to count and recognize numbers 1-12.
This counting game can also make an easy go-bag or quiet time activity for traveling, waiting for Thanksgiving dinner, or a trip to the doctor’s office. When you laminate the cards, they’re easy to clean off with your favorite sanitizing wipes so you can have peace of mind.
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How to prepare your two part number puzzles
These two part number puzzles for Thanksgiving are a little higher prep than many of the preschool printables I share, but they’re still pretty easy to put together. If you have an older child they can practice their cutting skills and help you out!
- Your free printable PDF (located further down the page)
- Cardstock or presentation paper. Cardstock is sturdier, presentation paper will have nicer images.
- Laminator – optional but highly recommended.
- Scissors and paper cutter. You don’t have to have a paper cutter, but it will make your life easier. You do need to have scissors.
How to print and prepare the number puzzles
- Print the printable puzzles. The are two pages: one has numbers 1-6 and the other has 7-12.
- Laminate before cutting, unless your specific laminator directs you to do otherwise.
- Cut out the cards. Make sure to cut around each card along the solid line and along each dashed line to separate the two halves. I prefer to use a paper cutter for the outer lines and scissors for the dashed lines.
- Play! Introduce a few of the puzzles to your child and demonstrate how they work.
Remember to introduce just a few sets of the numbers at first if your child is new to this type of activity.
Children learn at the edge of their comfort zones, but presenting a child who’s just learning their numbers with all 12 puzzles at once may cause overwhelm and frustration.
You know your own child best – start with numbers you they at least mostly know, show them how to play, then add on more numbers as their skills and confidence grow.
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Free printable Thanksgiving number puzzles
Let’s get to the printables!
Like all free printables on The Artisan Life, these are for personal and single classroom use.
You are welcome to print and use them as many times as you would like for your own students, children, homeschool co-op class, therapy clients, etc.
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These number puzzles are self-correcting, meaning that each number turkey has only one match that will fit correctly if the pieces are oriented correctly. Two sets of the puzzles could theoretically be “matched” if the cards were up side down or backwards. If your child has trouble with this, your can give them reminders like “the turkey’s feet need to be at the bottom” or that the cards should all be face-up.
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I hope your little one has fun learning with these free printable Thanksgiving turkey number puzzles!
Be sure to check out these additional Thanksgiving printables to keep your family happily occupied over the holiday without resorting to more screen time:
Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.