Addition games for kindergarten are key. You’ve got to grab your students’ attention before you can teach them anything. Teaching addition requires lots of repetition and hands-on activities. I created these Math Centers Addition to 5: Christmas activities with this is mind. Your students will have so much fun improving their math skills with these eight kindergarten math center ideas and four printable addition activities. There is a strong emphasis on one-to-one correspondence and composing numbers up to 5. Use them for small group instruction, a fun game break, or any time your kids need hands-on addition practice.

#### Adding to 5 Math Centers Supplies:

• Printer/Ink
• Laminating Supplies
• Paper Cutter/Scissors
• Paperclip/Fastener
• Buttons/Blocks/Pom poms
• Clothespins
• Pencil
• Crayons

## Learning with Math Center Ideas for Kindergarten

##### HANDS-ON ADDITION ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTENERS

EARLY MATH CENTERS ARE SUPER WAYS FOR KIDS TO PRACTICE IMPORTANT SKILLS ALL YEAR LONG. HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES KEEP KIDS ENGAGED.

Addition to 5 worksheets for kindergarten are great ways to assess skills, but when it comes to actually practicing math skills, games and activities are your best bet. Kids want to have fun!

Many of the activities in this pack can be differentiated to help introduce addition to students who do not have strong number recognition, making these math centers perfect for pre-k and kindergarten.

The activities provide a variety of practice, from puzzles and games to graphing and coloring. I love using multiple activities to address basically the same concepts.

Kids will gain fluency and automaticity with their facts to five without it feeling tedious or boring. When they get to practice skills in different ways, like matching puzzles pieces or drawing a line to the sum, their brains make so many important connections.

Whether playing a game or working on a printable, you can extend the learning by posing thoughtful questions:

• How do you find the sum?
• How many cups of cocoa altogether?
• Is 3 less than/greater than 5? How do you know?
• Which equation matches the picture?

## What Can Children Learn While Playing Christmas Math Games?

##### CHRISTMAS KINDERGARTEN ADDITION WORKSHEETS AND ACTIVITIES

A CHRISTMAS THEME REALLY DRAWS THE ATTENTION OF YOUNG LEARNERS. THEY WILL LOVE THE ADORABLE PICTURES AND ENJOY CELEBRATING THE SEASON.

Math vocabulary is key to understanding concepts as kids get older. These kindergarten math addition worksheets and activities introduce and reinforce words associated with addition:

• Sum
• Total
• More
• Altogether

## Why Is It Important For Kids To Play Addition Games?

Children learn best when the learning feels easy and fun. Math activities and games encourage practice with a ton of important skills while cleverly disguised as playing!

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.

## What is Included in the Addition to 5 Christmas Pack

### Centers:

Puzzles
Pinning Cards (pin a clothespin to the correct answer)
Addition Spin ‘n’ Win war version
Bump!
Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow Match
Match it! (a concentration/memory game)
Slap-It! (a fun variation of Slap Jack)

### Free Printables:

Create picture representations of addition problems
Spin ‘n’ Graph
Connect the addition problem to the simple number line.
3 Color by addition problem pages

## Extend the Activity

### Word Problems

It’s never too early to start introducing simple word problems. Instead of always using addition sentences, throw in stories at snack time, when lining up, or at circle time each day.

### Subtraction Facts

Addition worksheets go hand in hand with subtraction. Teach your kids that subtraction is the opposite of addition! Working on addition and subtraction facts together helps kids compare and contrast.

### Fact Fluency Games

Once kids understand addition equations, they need to develop math facts fluency. How? Games, of course! Engage kids with games to promote automaticity with both addition and subtraction math facts.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.