Christmas Math and Literacy Activities

Christmas Math and Literacy

Ho! Ho! Ho! This Christmas Math and Literacy Activities pack is sure to make the season a little brighter. It contains 10 worksheets and 7 learning center activities that strengthen the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Classification
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Number formation
– Measurement
– Association
– Attribute variance
– Story sequencing
– Upper and lowercase letter recognition
– 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.

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

Gingerbread Spin & Count

Attach paperclip spinners with round head fasteners (brads). Provide gumdrops, 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.

Gingerbread Spin & Count

CHRISTMAS ROLL AND COVER SHEETS (COLOR 4/B&W 4)

Christmas Roll & Cover

Supply a small manipulative such as mini erasers for students to use as markers. For individual use, have the child roll the die, count the dots (or recognize the “set” of dots), and find and cover the corresponding number on the sheet. Repeat until all of the numerals are covered. In small group, give each child a sheet and have them take turns rolling the die. The first person to cover all of their numbers wins. Trade cards and play again!


CHRISTMAS TREE NUMBER QUANTITY TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Christmas Tree Number Quantity

Provide students with M&Ms, buttons, beads, or some other small manipulative to use as ornaments. Children will match numerals with quantity. Have students identify the number on each tree and “decorate” it with the corresponding number of “ornaments”. Encourage children to count every item once, using the number word. Older children can use this activity to practice set recognition.

To extend this activity, ask your learners to examine and compare the number sets of trees. Ask, “Which set has more ornaments? Which set has less?” when showing 2 sets. Remind children that the world less means not as many.

CHRISTMAS MEASURING CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Christmas Measuring Cards

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

Christmas Measuring Cards


GINGERBREAD ALPHABET MATCH-UP (COLOR 26/B&W 26)

Gingerbread Alphabet Match-Up

Learners will identify the uppercase letter featured on the gingerbread man. They will then work to “decorate” the gingerbread with its lowercase letter partner/gumdrop.

Gingerbread Alphabet Match-Up

CHRISTMAS EVE ALPHABET BINGO (MATS COLOR 6/B&W 6 – DRAW CARDS COLOR 26/B&W 26)

Christmas Eve Alphabet Bingo

Provide Hershey Kisses, M&Ms, gumdrops, vase gems, mini erasers or some other small manipulative for students to use as markers. Dot markers may be used for the black and white version of this activity.

Christmas Eve Alphabet Bingo

Working in a small group, young learners will identify the letters on the draw cards, and cover them on their sheets. The first player to cover his/her sheet yells “BINGO”. Trade cards and play again!

CHRISTMAS RHYMING TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Christmas Rhyming Task Cards

Students will say the name of each picture and find and cover its rhyming partner. Supply clothespins, pom poms, gumdrops, mini erasers or some other manipulative for children to use as markers.

MATH AND LITERACY WORKSHEETS (10)

With these 10 worksheets, students will identify beginning sounds, sequence a story, segment syllables, and so much more!

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Turkey Feather Counting Activity

turkey feather counting activity

Let’s have some fun and count Mr. Turkey’s feathers. This colorful magnet tray activity is an inviting way for children to exhibit number sense.

Have children choose a wattle and identify it’s number (younger students may need help). Then prompt them to place the wattle and the corresponding number of feathers on Mr. Turkey. Instruct students to use one-to-one correspondence as they place their feathers on the bird; as they pick up each feather, they should say its number name.

Additionally, this activity may be used to reinforce color recognition.

I hope you find this counting exercise to be a useful addition to your fall curriculum.

MATERIALS USED: 

– A metal tray
– Craft button magnets (glue to back of the turkey)
– Feathers
– Our printable turkey and numbered wattles
– Googly eyes
– Tacky glue

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Feed the Squirrels Counting Activity

feed the squirrels counting activity
Every year I like to take my class out for a nature walk to observe the signs of fall. On these walks, we often come across a busy squirrel or two. This provides the perfect teaching opportunity about why squirrels gather and store nuts and seeds for the approaching winter. To extend this lesson I developed this entertaining counting game which teaches number sense.

Line the squirrels up in a row, and provide the children with a pile of acorns. Then instruct them to place the correct number of acorns (the amount that corresponds to the number on the squirrel’s tail) in the cup. As children pick up and place each acorn, have them state the correct number. In doing so, they will strengthen their one-to one-correspondence skills. When all the acorns have been correctly placed, ask the students if they would like to count all the squirrels. This will increase their ability to count to 10 in an accurate sequence.

feed the squirrels counting activity

This game also helps to strengthen fine motor skills. As an added challenge, tweezers and tongs can be used to pick up the acorns.

I have found this activity to be very popular with the majority of my class. I hope that you find that your students enjoy it as well.

MATERIALS USED:

– Cardstock
– Plastic cups
Our numbered squirrels
Googly eyes
– Bird seed (filler for cups)
– Stapler
Faux acorns
– Tweezers and tongs (if desired)

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