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Winter Math and Literacy Activities

winter math and literacy activities

Brr! This Winter Math and Literacy pack contains printable activities that practice the following skills:

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

WINTER BEGINNING SOUNDS CARDS (COLOR 8/B&W 8)

winter math and literacy activities

Students will sound out the names of the pictures in each set. Instruct them find and cover the main picture’s beginning sound partner. Provide pom poms, vase gems, mini erasers or some other manipulative for children to use as markers. For heavy use, print these out on carstock and laminate.

WINTER MEASURING CARDS -HEIGHT (COLOR 8/B&W 8)

winter math and literacy activities

Provide Unifix Cubes or another small manipulative for children to measure (non-standard) the height of the items. Be sure to discuss which are taller, shorter, and the same size. Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use).

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

winter math and literacy activities

For extra durability, print these sheets out on cardstock and laminate. Attach paperclip spinners with round head fasteners (brads). 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.

SNOWMAN (FROSTY) FRAME CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

winter math and literacy activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). 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.).

WORKSHEETS (B&W 10)

winter math and literacy activities

With these 10 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

NOTE: Be sure to check out our Christmas Math and Literacy pack for more gingerbread activities!

Christmas Math and Literacy

Christmas Math and Literacy



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