"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.

Materials:

  • 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.) 

Instructions:

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!