Continuing on with our squirrel and acorn love, I created this Free Squirrel and Acorn Adding to 10 Printable for Fall. It is an engaging way to practice addition to 10! Addition games for kindergarten and up are a great way for kids to practice addition to 10 facts without getting bored. The concept of this activity is identical to the addition apple trees that we did back in August. Fact fluency games help kids learn automaticity with facts, develop number sense, practice counting objects, and also practice speaking number sentences. This one fall math game covers a lot of bases!
Fall Math Activities for Kindergarten and Beyond
FALL MATH ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
KINDERGARTEN ADDITION FLUENCY GAMES ARE A GREAT WAY FOR YOUNG LEARNERS TO PRACTICE IMPORTANT SKILLS. THEY NEED LOTS OF HANDS-ON PRACTICE TO MASTER MATH FACTS FLUENCY.
Adding to 10 is one of the first skills kids begin to work on after they learn numbers and counting. Addition to 10 free printable worksheets are great ways to assess how students are progressing.
But when it comes to practicing this important skill, math worksheets don’t have the same engagement as a fun, kindergarten addition game.
I love this fall themed activity because it can cater to the needs of all learners with easy adaptability. You can use it a number of different ways: addition and subtraction facts, a counting activity, or to practice number identification.
On each mat, kids have the opportunity to identify and name numbers, count acorns, find the sum, and read the equation. Students gaining fact fluency might even be able to say the sum without counting the acorns, while a fall preschool mat might focus more on counting the total group of acorns.
In addition to working on single digit addition, you can use this fall counting and addition activity to pose additional questions for thought:
- What are the addends?
- What’s the sum?
- What happens if you switch the addends around? Does the sum change?
- How many in all/altogether?
What Can Kindergarteners Learn From An Acorn Math Mat?
FALL LEAVES AND ACORNS MATH
FALL THEMED MATH ACTIVITIES ENGAGE LEARNERS TO PRACTICE IMPORTANT MATH SKILLS.
Playing games and working on single digit addition worksheets are great places to introduce and practice vocabulary associated with addition:
- All together
- In all
Why Is It Important For Kids To Play Addition Games?
Children learn best when the learning feels easy and fun. Playing math games encourages practice with a ton of important skills while cleverly disguised as a fun game!
Number Sense: Playing math games improves numbers sense which is the ability to understand, compare/contrast, and relate numbers to each other.
Automaticity: When children effortlessly (automatically) know basic math facts, it makes more complex computations easier.
Vocabulary: Encouraging kids to use math vocabulary while playing games (sum/difference/total/greater than/less than)is a meaningful way to practice.
Cooperative Learning: Simple games with partners or small groups give kids a lot of practice with social skills, like taking turns, following rules, and winning/losing.
How to Make the Fall Acorn Theme Addition Mats
Print on card stock and/or laminate for durability.
Cut out the addition problems and the sum acorns.
If desired, cut out the acorn counters. (or use real acorns, candy corn, etc.)
Select one of the addition problems and place it on the space at the top of the fall scene page.
Select the proper amount of acorns and place them on the basket. It helps if you count out one addend of the addition problem at a time. When the acorns are all on the page, count them to find the sum.
Record number sentences if desired. You can also use a number line if desired.
Extend the Activity
It’s always good to tie in real-life word problems to written facts. Use the cards to tell fall stories, like, “I found 3 acorns under the tree. I found 2 more attached to the branch. How many acorns in all?”
If you child isn’t ready for addition fact fluency, use the mats for counting or number recognition instead. Use the acorn sums. Pick an acorn, identify the number, and count out that many acorns.
Use either the fact cards or the sum cards. Create two sets. Then, place them in a grid to play a classic game of Memory.