Christmas Tree lights are one of the most magical parts of the season. The way they twinkle, shine and dance is pure magic. Any learning activity will “shine” just a little brighter when paired with such magic. This fun Christmas themed activity helps little ones practice counting in a fun, Christmas-y way.
Christmas Tree Lights Roll and Count is the perfect FREE Christmas activity for kids. It will keep them engaged and actively learning numbers while maintaining the spirit of the season. The colorful pages are adaptable to any level of learner. All you need is a die, a dry erase marker, and manipulatives. So fire up your string lights, print and protect the pages, and roll those dice!
The Value of Christmas Math Games for Preschool
My daughter loves roll and count activities. It adds an element of surprise to the activity, versus just counting in order 1 through 10.
With each roll, they must make a connection between the dots on the dice and the numeral. Many students at this grade level will need to count the dots after each roll. With time and repetition, they will easily recognize the dot patterns and be able to quickly recall the numeral.
Then, children have to connect the number with its written numeral and/or number word. Consider providing Christmas-y word cards for young readers to copy each number name.
Finally, as young fingers manipulate and count objects onto the math Christmas tree, they are practicing one to one correspondence.
How to Use the Christmas Tree Activity for Preschoolers
Young learners who are becoming familiar with numbers and dots can use a traditional 1-6 die. Students who need a more advanced dice activity for preschool and up, can use 12- or even 20-sided dice.
You can also use our favorite double dice to create a fun addition Christmas lights math game for a kindergarten Christmas math center. Even students in 2nd grade or 3rd grade could benefit from the FREE Christmas math printable.
Dry erase pockets are extremely durable for games for kids. They are easier and more cost effective in the long run than laminating.
To Prep: Print out the free Christmas tree counting activity. Laminate if you wish. If you prefer dry erase pouches, slide the Christmas Tree Lights printable into the pocket. Another option is to print in black and white to use as coloring pages for your students.
To Use: Roll the die. Write that number and/or number word with the dry erase marker on the available lines in the top right. Next, place the corresponding number of Christmas Lights on the Christmas Tree.
We have a lot of fun with these counting games. Adapt this activity in your lesson plans as necessary. Consider Christmas themed mini erasers or pompoms instead of mini lights. You could even use the activity in your literacy center as a story starter, or repurpose the printable as a Christmas tree craft!
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