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Winter Math and Literacy Activities

Winter Math and Literacy Activities

Brr! This Winter Math and Literacy Activities pack contains 11 worksheets and 7 learning center activities that practice the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Classification
– Shape recognition
– Number quantity
– Number recognition
– Set recognition and comparison
– Number formation
– Measurement (nonstandard height)
– Patterning
– Association
– Letter formation
– Letter recognition
– Story sequencing
– Beginning sound recognition
– Visual discrimination
– Phonological and phonemic awareness
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Please note that these learning center activities are designed to be printed (on cardstock) and laminated. This will ensure their use and enjoyment for years to come.

WINTERTIME SPIN & COUNT SHEETS (COLOR 2/B&W 2)

Wintertime Spin & Count

Attach paperclip spinners with round head fasteners (brads) to the sheets. Provide pom poms, vase gems, mini erasers or some other small manipulative for students to use. Young learners will spin, identify a number and place that amount of items on their sheets. As children pick up and place each item, encourage them to say its number name (one, two, etc.). Older children may fill all three lines, while younger ones may only complete the first or second. Once finished, have students count all of the items on their sheets.

FROSTY TEN FRAME TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Frosty Ten Frame Task Cards

Provide mini erasers or some other small manipulative for students to use. Young learners will place a numbered group of items on its corresponding card. As children pick up and place each item, encourage them to say its number name (one, two, etc.). Older children will practice their set recognition skills.

Frosty Ten Frame Task Cards

WINTER MEASURING CARDS – HEIGHT (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Winter Measuring Cards

Provide Unifix Cubes or another small manipulative for children to measure (nonstandard) the height of the items. Be sure to discuss which are taller, shorter, and the same size. To extend this activity, students may use the included Winter Measuring – Measure and Record sheet to record their answers.

Winter Measuring Cards

SNOW DAY LET’S MAKE A PATTERN TASK CARDS (COLOR 4/B&W 4)/SNOW DAY LET’S MAKE A PATTERN CLOTHING CARDS (COLOR35/B&W 35)

Snow Day Let's Make a Pattern Task Cards

Using the winter clothing cards, learners will work to construct the patterns featured on the task cards (AB, AAB, ABB & ABC)

Snow Day Let's Make a Pattern Task Cards

WINTER BEGINNING SOUNDS TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

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Provide children with clothespins or a small manipulative to use as markers. Students will say the picture names of the items in each set and will determine which featured image’s beginning sound partner. Learners will clip/mark the cards accordingly.

WINTER WRITING TRAY LETTER CARDS (COLOR A-Z 26/B&W A-Z 26)

Provide a shallow tray filled with artificial snow (salt or sugar may also be used) for children to use. Using a small branch or their fingers, learners will practice letter formation using the letter cards as guides.

WINTER VISUAL DISCRIMINATION TASK CARDS (COLOR 12/B&W 12)

Winter Visual Discrimination Task Cards

Provide children with clothespins or a small manipulative to use as markers. Learners will study the pictures on the cards and use their visual discrimination skills to determine which pictures are the same as or different from the featured images. Students will clip/mark the cards accordingly.

Winter Visual Discrimination Task Cards

WORKSHEETS (B&W 11)

winter math and literacy activities

With these 11 engaging worksheets, children will sort by size, identify winter rhyming words, sequence a snowman story, count and write numbers, and so much more!

downloadGET THIS WINTER MATH AND LITERACY PACK.

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Christmas Patterning Activity

christmas patterning activity

This Christmas patterning activity is one of many pattern pin sets that we use in our classrooms. Pattern pins are easy to make, inexpensive, hands-on learning tools. Plus, they are super cute, the kids love them, and they work those small hand muscles!

MATERIALS USED:

– Paint mixing sticks
– Paint (craft or spray)
– Clothespins
– Jingle bells
– Christmas mini bows
– Hot glue gun

christmas patterning activity

For this set, we painted the mixing sticks brown; we always use a dark color for our bases, so that the patterns really stand out. You can pick up mixing sticks at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or your local paint store. We found jingle bells and mini Christmas bows at Dollar Tree, and hot glued them to the tops of clothespins.

christmas patterning activity

You might first introduce pattern pins and demonstrate the concept of patterning in a large group, and then work with small groups of children, making patterns together.

Students will not only create patterns, but they will also copy and extend patterns that are represented on other sticks (made by you or other students). For this reason, it’s a good idea to have multiple bases on hand. Be sure to encourage your students to identify their patterns and describe what is and what is not a pattern.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

thanksgiving turkey craft

This Thanksgiving turkey craft is a cute, fun art project. But it’s also a wonderful lesson in math, as it is completely made up of 2D and 3D shapes! There are so many learning concepts in this little gobbler.

The hat is made up of squares and a rectangle, the eyes are circles, and the beak is a triangle. We used the Fiskars large heart punch to make the wattle, and the tail is a paper plate cut into a semicircle. Square tissues were used as feathers, and everything was attached to a cardboard tube/cylinder.


As children assemble their turkeys, have them analyze, compare, and identify the shapes based on their attributes; facilitate conversation about the similarities and the differences of the objects. When working with older students (pre-kers and kinders) who are developmentally ready, take this opportunity to introduce the vocabulary words 2D and 3D, and talk about how 2D shapes are flat and 3D are not.

MATERIALS USED:

– Toilet paper roll
– Construction paper
– Fabric
– Tissue paper
– Googly eyes
– Stiff felt
– Paper plate
Fiskars large heart punch
– Glue
– Scissors

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