I put together a simple math game that can either be done as an individual or group activity. You will need to have two bowls or containers for each child play the game at the same time.
You will also need to have jingle bells (I purchased mine at Michaels craft store) ... a dice to roll ... and jumbo tweezers (optional).
The game begins with all of the jingle bells in one bowl. The amount of jingle bells you put in is up to you. I used around thirty but you can use more or less. A child rolls the dice and then has to move the same number of jingle bells to the empty bowl.
The child would then roll the dice again and transfer more jingle bells over to the second bowl. Play continues until all of the bells have been moved. We did it so the the bells had to match the number on the dice to end the game. For example if the child rolled a two but they had one bell left they had to wait until they rolled a one.
If you were doing this as a group game the children would each have their own bowls (one with jingle bells and one empty). They would take turns rolling the dice and the first one to move all of their jingle bells wins. Not only is this a great game for math but also for fine motor development. If you did not have jingle bells you could substitute pom poms. Please remember to use supervision with children three and under as the jingle bells are small objects that some children might want put in their mouths.
I made a santa math mat which is great for number recognition and review as well as fine motor development. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I cut most of the blank cardstock paper off of the santa printout and glued the santa on to a green sheet of cardstock paper and laminated the mat. I also laminated the number circles and attached self-adhesive magnets to the back of them.
In this activity children put a number circle on the blank circle on the santa mat. They then put the same number of counters on the mat. We used unifix cubes for our counters but you can use cotton balls ... pom poms ... buttons or anything you have on hand. As of 2022 this activity can be found in the member's section which is where the santa color match is also located.
We made sequin gingerbread and they turned out so cute!! This is really a great project to work on fine motor skills. We made them after we read "Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett and now we have a wall filled with gingerbread babies. If you are not familiar with the story I found a video of the book being narrated here.
To make the sequin gingerbread I made a gingerbread pattern and printed it on cardstock paper. I traced the pattern onto a sheet of brown cardstock paper and cut the gingerbread shape out (older children can cut the pattern themselves).
The children glued wiggles eyes on and drew a smile with a marker. They then applied glue drops to the body of the gingerbread and pressed sequins on the glue drops.
You can see a video of this project below:
I made these cute gingerbread alphabet puzzles for letter recognition and review. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out. I then laminated them and cut along the gray line so there would be two halves for each gingerbread.
In this activity children find the two gingerbread haves with the matching letter and put them together. I made upper to upper ... upper to lower ... and lower to lower gingerbread. I also made the gingerbread with both color and white hands and feet. As of 2022 this activity can be found in the member's section which is where the gingerbread number puzzles are also located.
We made cut and glue holiday trees today and they turned out really cute!! This project was also wonderful for fine motor and scissor skills. We used red construction paper as our background and cut six rectangle shapes out of green construction paper.
We made each rectangle about 3/4 of an inch smaller than the one before it and the children arranged them from smallest to biggest on the background paper.
They cut a small square out of brown construction paper and glue it on to the bottom of the background paper. They then glued on each of the green rectangles (largest at the bottom ... smallest at the top). The last piece to cut was a small yellow circle which was then glue at the top of the tree.
Once all of the pieces were glued on the children applied glue drops on to the green rectangles and pressed sequins on. The picture above shows a lot of sequins but children can choose to put on the amount that they want.
You can see a video of this project by clicking below:
I made a holiday tree math mat which is great for number recognition and review as well as fine motor development. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I cut most of the blank cardstock paper off of the tree printout and glued the tree on to a blue sheet of cardstock paper and laminated the mat.
I also laminated the number circles and attached self-adhesive magnets to the back of them.
In this activity children put a number circle on the blank circle on the tree mat. They then put the same number of counters on the mat. We used buttons for out counters and the children picked them out of the bowl with jumbo tweezers. As of 2022 this activity can be found in the member's section which is where the Christmas Tree Shape Tracing is also located.