Are you looking for festive and fun Christmas number activities designed specifically for preschoolers? These Christmas themed activities are more than just a collection of matching and guessing games. They include number identification, one-to-one correspondence, number sequencing, and number order activities with a festive Christmas twist to make learning preschool math extra fun.
These Christmas math activities, covering numbers 0-20, provide an engaging, effective way to teach numeracy skills while keeping the holiday spirit alive. So, let’s unwrap the joy of learning with these Christmas preschool lesson plans that make math fun!
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These Christmas number activities are created to turn abstract mathematical concepts into tangible learning experiences. Each activity is much more than a simple game; it’s an interactive lesson that allows children to learn through play, a proven effective method in early education.
By relating numbers to the familiar and joyous theme of Christmas, preschoolers can easily grasp number recognition, one to one correspondence, number relationships, and number order.
So, as we countdown to Christmas, let’s use these Christmas preschool math lesson plans to give our little ones a head start in math in the most festive way possible!
Christmas Math Activities
It’s widely recognized that preschoolers learn better when education is presented as a fun, themed activity rather than a traditional lesson. With these Christmas-themed number printables, preschoolers can explore the world of numbers within the context of a holiday they love and understand.
So, this holiday season, let’s make the most out of these Christmas themed units to give our preschoolers a delightful and effective math learning experience!
Christmas Counting Books for Preschoolers
Christmas counting books are an excellent resource to introduce preschoolers to the world of numbers in a jovial, engaging way. By associating numbers with Christmas-themed illustrations, these books make learning math fun and relatable, fostering a love for numbers at an early age.
Christmas Number Recognition Activities
Learning numbers during a Christmas preschool theme makes learning numbers and counting so much fun for preschoolers! The incorporation of holiday elements such as Christmas trees, ornaments, and gifts in number activities can make numerical concepts more relatable, too!
Christmas Number Recognition and Counting Mats
The Christmas Dot Counting Cards are a unique learning tool. They stand out because each card has a number of dots that matches the numeral on the mat. This design strengthens both counting and number recognition skills at the same time.
Santa Board Games for Christmas
In this Christmas board games, students are provided with a dot dice which they roll. Following the roll, they then move their marker to the numeral on the game board that corresponds with the number of dots shown on the dice.
This interactive game not only provides an engaging way for students to practice number identification, but it also introduces them to basic game mechanics such as taking turns and following game rules.
Christmas Counting Activities
These Christmas counting activities not only strengthen fundamental math abilities such as one to one correspondence, quantification and and identifying numbers, but also cultivate an atmosphere of holiday excitement and happiness.
Ornament Counting Cards
This activity involves adding buttons or pom poms to the ornaments on the counting card, each representing a different number. This hands-on approach allows children to physically count the items, enhancing their understanding of quantification and cardinality.
Christmas Gifts Ten Frame Counting Mats
Every set of Christmas math activities need some ten frame counting mats! Children can use small Christmas themed manipulatives even even playdough, to count.
The first task is to count the number of present in the ten frame on each mat. Then count the number of fingers on the hand at the bottom of the mat. Finally, use playdough to fill in the corresponding numeral.
Pair these counting mats with our favorite Christmas Playdough Recipe.
Christmas Counting Clip Cards
With this activity, children count the Christmas themed icons displayed on each card – such as Christmas trees, Santa’s gifts, or holiday ornaments – and read the corresponding number word written on it. They then use a clothespin to clip onto the correct number, making learning hands-on and fun.
This not only helps in reinforcing their counting skills but also assists in enhancing their reading abilities as they learn to associate numerical values with written numbers.
Christmas Ten Frame Counting Cards
These are not your average ten frame counting cards. In this activity, children count the number of dots in the ten frames and then search for the matching ten frame piece. Basically, preshoolers get double the counting practice with these clever Christmas themed counting cards.
Christmas Counting Games
By incorporating these games into their curriculum, preschool teachers can enhance the learning experience, making it more enjoyable and effective in reinforcing key mathematical concepts like number recognition, counting, and matching.
Be sure to check out all our favorite non-holiday preschool math activities while you’re here.
Feed Santa Cookies Counting Game
In this Christmas game, children get to “feed” cookies to Santa. The number is determine by the cards they draw.
As they do so, they learn to identify different numbers and count the corresponding amount of cookies. And, there’s sound effects, too, which makes this game even more fun for young learners.
This game is very similar to our Feed the Reindeer Alphabet Game.
Christmas Number Identification and Counting Puzzles
These number puzzles feature every preschooler’s favorite Christmas pictures, and the task for the students is to accurately match the numerical symbol with the corresponding quantity depicted by these icons.
The puzzle pieces are self-checking, since the picture will only be complete if the student has done the counting and number order correctly. Puzzles also enhance their problem-solving abilities and fine motor skills.
Christmas Number Formation Activities
Christmas number formation activities are an exciting and holiday-themed way to help children develop their numerical skills. They also provide opportunities for children to apply numeracy skills through various exercises such as tracing, writing, and or number building, making writing number more hands-on.
Christmas Number Tracing and Counting Cards
The “Hanging Stockings Number Formation Cards” is an fun learning activity that merges counting with number formation. In this task, children are presented with cards depicting a variety of stockings hung up for the holiday season.
After they have determined the number of stockings, the next step is to trace the corresponding numerical figure on the card. The numerals are written with direction arrows that are numbered so that preschoolers can learn proper number formation.
Christmas Counting and Number Order Activities
Christmas number order activities involve arranging numbers in ascending or descending order using holiday-themed elements, making learning fun and engaging.
Understanding number order is crucial as it lays the foundation for more complex mathematical concepts such as addition and subtraction, and also helps children make sense of the world around them, where order and sequence play a significant role.
Gingerbread Find the Missing Number Mats
This activity blends counting with number recognition with number order in a fun gingerbread man theme. In this task, children are read the numerals on the gingerbread men, and then use the number line below to find the missing number.
This aspect of the activity helps reinforce their understanding of number sequences and placements.
Christmas Lights Number Order Puzzles
The Christmas Tree Number Order Puzzles is a fun, holiday-themed activity designed to boost children’s counting, number recognition, and number sequencing skills.
With this puzzle, preschoolers count the number of ornaments on each puzzle piece and then sequence numbers from 1-10.
Christmas Gifts Number Order Clip Cards
In this activity, children are presented with cards featuring sequences of numbers with one number missing. The sequences are playfully represented by classic children’s gift illustrations, adding a Christmas feel to the learning experience.
Students find the missing number in each sequence. They do this by understanding the pattern and figuring out the next number. After they find the missing number, they use clothes pins or paper clips to mark it.
This activity not only strengthens their number sequencing skills but also helps them improve their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as they use clothes pins or paper clips.
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As we prepare for the festive season, infusing some holiday cheer makes learning so much more fun! Christmas-themed number activities provide the ideal combination of fun and education for preschoolers.
These activities, designed specifically for their developmental stage, will certainly bring a spark of joy to your holiday curriculum. They offer a balanced mix of the following foundational numeracy skills:
- number identification skills
- one to one correspondence
- number sequencing
- number order
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.