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!

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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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The Gingerbread Man Craft

As a parent and a teacher, it’s always been fun and important for me to introduce ALL of my children to what I loved and adored, and learned from when I was young.

So every holiday season, I bring out the The Gingerbread Man. To me, this first edition Giant Golden Book was the most magical story ever. As a child I spent hours looking over the vibrant illustrations of Bill and Bonnie Rutherford, letting my imagination run away right along with that fearless, little yummy cookie.

This classic book is ideal for reading aloud and makes for an excellent literary-based art activity; gingerbread men and houses. Last year, we used our creations to decorate our classroom window.

The houses are made of basic shapes (squares, rectangles, and triangles) and can be cut out by you or by your children depending on their ability. This year, I will be offering even more materials such as stiff felt, fuzzy sticks, bows, etc., so maybe we’ll see some gingerbread girls!

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
Our gingerbread template
– Googly eyes
– Ricrac
– Acrylic craft jewels
– Stiff felt/fabric
– Sparkle/glitter pom poms
– Buttons
– Holiday scrapbook paper
– Sequins
– Mini bows
– White foam (roofs)
– Holiday fuzzy sticks

Looking for more gingerbread fun? Then be sure to take time to check out the Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie Playdough Activity Cards and Christmas Math and Literacy Activities!

Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie Playdough Activity Cards

Gingerbread Spin & Count

Gingerbread Alphabet Match-Up

Christmas Measuring Cards

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