Our little learners have a lot of fun adding up numbers!
Students get excited when we bring in objects they are able to count and add up. We find so many things around us that we can turn into addition problems. We add things around the classroom, the playground, and even add each other up as we stand in line.
So during the winter months, we find different and interesting ways to bring this seasonal theme across our curriculum.
As we are beginning to learn the concept of number sense, we play our Mitten Snowball Counting Activity They ask to play this activity over and over again!
Students show what they know when they play our Snowman Number Math Up because students enjoy learning their numbers with these adorable snowmen!
And our students are thrilled when we turn chocolate into a learning experience with our Hot Chocolate Science Experiment; this is a yummy science lesson!
Incorporating a seasonal theme into playing math games is a great way to get children learning without realizing they’re learning.
To bring the snow theme together with math, we’ve created this Snowball Addition Puzzles activity. Use these with your preschool and kindergarten students to help them learn and review their addition facts.
When students learn to count and add with manipulatives, they are more prepared to understand the concepts behind the math problems.
Want to bring math and literacy together? Be sure to take a look at our favorite Addition and Subtraction Books.
Inside You’ll Find:
- 6 pages of puzzles, covering numbers one through twelve
- Each page contains two numbers. Each number has two puzzle pieces with two different addition problems.
I find it best if you print this center on cardstock and laminate it so you can use the center for years to come.
Supply list for Snowball Addition Puzzles:
- paper or card stock
- laminating pouches
- Snowball Addition Puzzles Printable (scroll down to download!)
Using the Snowball Addition Puzzles
Students will start their puzzle game by picking a number to work on.
They will then sort through all of the pieces, looking for which piece has the addition sentence that matches the numeral they have.
This student chose the number “5” and then went on to find the two addition sentences that equal “5”.
Students need to know there are many ways to “make 5.”
You may want to have students work in groups the first time they play the Snowball Addition Puzzles activity.
To get this freebie, use the ‘click here to download’ button at the bottom of this page.
Another way this activity could be used is to have all of the numbers laid out on a table or the floor. Students will then sort the remaining puzzles pieces according to their number.
If you have younger students or students struggling with this concept that might be overwhelmed with all the pieces at once, you can differentiate this activity and provide them with only two numbers at a time. Once they master the pieces you gave them, you can slowly add in more.
To simplify things a little more, you can give them only one addition sentence they are looking for at a time. As they grow more confident, you can give them both addition problems at once.
To challenge your students, you can ask them to come up with other addition problems that could also be added to each number. So for the child who has chosen 8, they would match the 2 + 6 and the 0 +8, then write out 1 +7, 3 +5, and 4 +4.
If you are looking for a way to be able to customize your students’ learning of addition and subtraction facts with a winter theme, you will love our Snowman Editable Addition and Subtraction Activity.
Want More Winter Activity Ideas?
If you want to extend the winter theme across your curriculum, check out some of our favorite Winter Activities!!
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