Kids just learning to count? This fun button counting game is Christmas-themed and perfect for preschoolers and kindergarten kids. Kids will love “decorating” their Christmas trees and then counting the decorations to see how many they have. This activity can be done alone, or you can do it with a group of kids just learning how to count and recognize written numbers. This activity would be the perfect addition to any Christmas math centers, or you can use it at home to reinforce concepts learned in school. Kids will love how it ties into Christmas and decorating, and parents and teachers will love how easy it is to get kids interested in math when a Christmas tree is involved!
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE CHRISTMAS BUTTON COUNT
You just need a few supplies to make this activity work!
- Green cardstock paper
- Felt or magnetic numbers
- Buttons (large buttons are best)
First, draw the outline of half a Christmas tree along the fold of a a piece of green paper. Cut out the tree. If you want it to last for several uses, go ahead and laminate the tree.
Show the kids how to decorate their tree with buttons.
Count the buttons to see how many their are.
Choose the correct felt or magnetic number to match how many buttons are on the tree.
You can also use this tree to practice addition and subtraction. How many buttons are there if you add 3 more or take away 2? This is a fun way to bring math to life for little ones, and it’s super festive, too!
As a variation, you can make several trees and add up their total number of decorations, or subtract one decorated tree from another. Keep going for as long as the kids have interest in the activity.
Grab your favorite Christmas books for a great math and literacy activity!
Llama Llama Jingle BellsThe Best Christmas Pageant EverThe Berenstain Bears and the Joy of GivingThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!Little Blue Truck’s ChristmasTen Tiny Gingerbread MenTen on the SledMerry Christmas, Mouse! (If You Give…)The 12 Days of Christmas (A Counting Book)