Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Math Play

practice math with holiday themed fun

The holidays are here and it's hard to focus on anything else! So I created a way to sneak in some math practice with this holiday themed play prompt. This was super simple to put together and encouraged a lot of practicing through play.

The Play Prompt:

Sneak in math practice

This prompt included a few of our favorite manipulatives, so it was sure to be a hit. Magnets and stickers!! We used these magnetic wooden numbers from Melissa & Doug. I adore the wooden toys and learning materials from Melissa & Doug because of their quality, but we also love this set because it's colorful, fun, and includes both numbers and signs. 

I set this prompt up one night and left it on the table for R to find in the morning. I set out the magnets and a metal cookie sheet with a few construction paper backgrounds, as well as a construction paper Christmas tree cut out. I filled a muffin tin with the stickers and craft materials. I added the dice because everything is more fun with dice!

The Play:

R was thrilled when he seen the set up and eagerly got to work. He rolled the dice, chose the corresponding magnetic numbers, and had fun deciding which materials to use. He didn't actually stick the stickers to the page, but rather used them as manipulatives he could move and use over and over. He practiced addition, subtraction, and a few simple equations containing the two.

math practice, storytelling and pretend play fun

He added up penguins and subtracted snowflakes. He decorated the Christmas tree and counted out presents to put underneath it. He added cars to his train and put lots of elves to work making toys to fill it. This activity was also great for storytelling and pretend play. He had a blast!

More Ways to Play:

*Just count- This would be fabulous for younger kids. Practice number recognition, one to one correspondence, etc.

*Skip the dice- Dice can be a lot of fun for kids, but you might prefer to call out math facts or supply a separate page with the math facts you'd like your child to practice instead. This would be especially true if you'd like them to practice adding numbers higher than twelve or subtracting from higher than six. 

*Add another die- Use three dice instead of two and work on some simple equations! 

holiday and christmas math

{Disclosure- This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for sharing this idea using the Melissa & Doug magnetic wooden number set, but the views, opinions, and ideas are my own and were not swayed by compensation. I commit to only share products and companies that my family loves. I also try to give anyone reading new ideas for enjoying these great products. I hope that you've found this useful and can incorporate this idea in your home! Thanks so much!}

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  1. This is such a cute way to practice math skills!

  2. What great manipulatives! I love his number sentences!

  3. This is such an awesome post! LOVE all the manipulative ideas!! :)


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