What is it about snow that makes kids giddy?! As soon as those first flakes begin to fall, our young ones tend to come unglued, making it difficult to keep them focused on indoor activities. The next best thing to getting outside and building a snowman, is to bring the snow in! These snowman math printables number activities provide an engaging way to practicing counting and one-to-one correspondence for preschool, kindergarten and beyond.
The Free Snowman Math Grid Counting Activities for Kindergarten and Preschool require no prep. Just print in color or black and white, grab some counters, and help your students get lost in numbers and counting for awhile. The grids come in three formats: 10 frame, two 10 frames, and 100 grid. Just remember, eventually, you’ll need to go outside for some real winter activities!
Counting activities for preschoolers provide a valuable foundation for future number sense, skip counting, addition and subtraction, and other more complex math concepts.
As children prepare to meet the goal of counting to 100 in kindergarten, preschool counting should be hands-on, varied, and filled with playful learning opportunities.
One-to-one correspondence is the idea that each object in a group corresponds to one number. For example, given a group of snowman erasers, children can point to each eraser in order while counting in sequence.
Hundreds chart printables and ten frames help students develop one-to-one correspondence because there is a defined space for each object/number. While students practice placing objects and counting them, their counting fluency improves.
As students’ counting skills become more automatic, the need for physical objects to count and number charts becomes less and less.
I got my snowman mini erasers in the Target Dollar Spot during the Christmas season. Other options include snowman buttons, snowflake buttons, play dough balls, or white pom poms.
Why not incorporate math and literacy by adding some of the stories below into your winter lesson plans. Students can count objects on the pages.
To Prepare the Snowman Counting Grid Games: Print the file found below. Laminate the counting grids.
This set comes with three grids. Students can practice count 1-10, 1-20, or 1-100.
I also included both color and black and white versions.
We love using our giant foam dice for math activities! They are so much fun to roll AND they are quieter than normal dice, so they don’t disturb the other kids. For kids who are just starting to learn numbers, they can use the traditional 1-6 die and for kids who need more of a challenge counting, use the 1-12 or 1-20 dice.
How To Use the Snowman Counting Grid Games: Roll the dice and place that number of snowmen on the spaces of the grid. Let your child decide where to place them. There is no right or wrong way to use the grid.
We’ve had fun using the dice alone and counting the snowmen and also using the ten-frame by itself to practice counting all the way to 10.
Reinforce one-to-one correspondence by asking children to touch each snowman in the ten-frame and on the dice as they count. Typically, students that need work on one-to-one correspondence count faster than they point. It’s important to slow them down and assign one number per object.
Additional Ways to Use the Snowman Counting Grid Games
Add the free printable to your winter themed math center. Students can independently practice counting objects and exploring numbers with a fun, winter math preschool theme.
This activity easily adapts to higher levels so you can also incorporate snowman math games in kindergarten too! Introduce or practice addition by rolling two dice, adding them together and covering the sum on the 100 grid.
Incorporate subtraction by starting with the counting grid full of snowmen. With each roll, “subtract” that number of snowmen from the grid.
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