Thanksgiving Word Family Game: Word Family Turkeys

Word families and turkeys go together like…

Well… hmmmmmm…

Do they go together? They do now when you make this fun Thanksgiving word family game.

Build the turkeys’ tails when you choose the correct word family. This game is fun to play and so simple to make. Let’s get started!

Practice reading with this fun Thanksgiving word family game for kids, Word Family Turkeys. Build the turkey's tail as you sort by word family.

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Supplies needed:

1 small bathroom cup for each word family
Brown construction paper
Yellow construction paper
Glue
Double-sided tape
Black Sharpie
4 colored craft sticks for each word family

Practice reading with this fun Thanksgiving word family game for kids, Word Family Turkeys. Build the turkey's tail as you sort by word family.

How to make your turkey cups:

These turkey cups are very easy and quick to make. Decide how many word families you’re going to use. I made four, but feel free to make more or less. You’ll need one cup for each word family.

Cut one brown circle for each of your cups. I traced the bottom of my little cup and found it was the perfect size for my turkeys’ heads. Also, cut one small triangle for each turkey. This will be your beak.

Glue the small beak in the middle of each brown head. Then, use your black Sharpie to make two eyes. Simple.

Use the double-sided tape to attach your turkey head to your cup. Place it near the bottom to leave room to write your word family on the cup. Use the black marker to write the word family on the cup.

Practice reading with this fun Thanksgiving word family game for kids, Word Family Turkeys. Build the turkey's tail as you sort by word family.

Make your tail feathers

Choose four craft sticks for each Word Family Turkey. I chose four different colors for each word family.

Write a different word on the end of each craft stick.

For example, I chose the -op word family. My words were flop, chop, top, hop. Write four different words for each word family.

If you need help coming up with word families, you can check out my word family printable resources here.

Practice reading with this fun Thanksgiving word family game for kids, Word Family Turkeys. Build the turkey's tail as you sort by word family.

How to play this Thanksgiving word family game

Set up the game by placing all your turkey cups on a table. Mix up your craft sticks and place them face-down near the cups.

This game can be played individually or in pairs. It’s very easy. Pick up a craft stick, read the word, and then place it in the correct turkey cup. When all the crafts sticks are in the correct spot, your turkeys will have tails!

When you’re done playing, stack the cups and place all the craft sticks inside. This game stores easily and is ready to play over and over again.

Practice reading with this fun Thanksgiving word family game for kids, Word Family Turkeys. Build the turkey's tail as you sort by word family.

Fun variations to this game:

Add more feathers to your turkey. You don’t have to stick with just four craft sticks per cup. Add as many as you would like. Although be careful, you can easily knock a turkey off balance if the craft sticks get too heavy.

Make it a busy bag. This game stacks together and stores easily. Add it to a bag or a small container and it’s easy to take on the go or to use for quiet time.

Leave the words off the craft sticks. Add an extra challenge and have your child come up with words that go with each word family. Let them write the words on the craft sticks themselves. Once they’ve made the game, they can play it over and over.

What variation will you try?

Practice reading with this fun Thanksgiving word family game for kids, Word Family Turkeys. Build the turkey's tail as you sort by word family.

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Practice reading with this fun Thanksgiving word family game for kids, Word Family Turkeys. Build the turkey's tail as you sort by word family. #wordfamily #literacy #Thanksgiving #BetterThanHomework

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her here writing about fun learning activities, art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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