"Thanksgiving Turkey Race" Craft & Game November 09 2009

TurkeyRaceYour students will learn about science (magnetism), as they play this fun "turkey race" game. It's a great game to keep in your game cabinet, too.


  • Free "Thanksgiving Turkey Race" template
  • Box
  • Glue
  • 2 paperclips (1 per game piece. Two players at a time is recommended for this game.)
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • 2 strong magnets (One for every game piece. I'd recommend 2 for this scale. Test the Magnets strength before you make the craft. Hold the magnet under a sheet of paper. Set a paperclip on top. Can it easily drag the paperclip? If it is difficult to do you may need a stronger magnet. The turkey game piece will be taped to the paperclip, so it needs to have a strong magnetic pull.) 


Game Pieces

  1. Color and cut out the turkey game piece template.
  2. Fold the game pieces in half and tape at the bottom.
  3. Tape or clip a paperclip under each turkey.

Farm Race Track

  1. Color the farm race track.
  2. Cut a 7.5 X 10 inch hole in the box.
  3. Glue the farm race track template over the hole in the box along the edges & let it dry completely.

Game Instructions:

  1. Set your turkey game piece on the starting line.
  2. Put your magnet underneath the turkey.
  3. Test out the magnet to make sure the paperclip and magnet have a strong magnetic pull. Make any needed adjustments. Make sure your friend is all ready to go, too. (warm-up)
  4. Say, "On your mark. Get set. Go!"
  5. Pull your turkey towards the finish line using the magnet underneath the paper.
  6. The first turkey to reach the finish line wins!