Winter weather, terrible driving conditions, icy winds and limited hours of daylight can make January and February feel, well, a bit desperate! Why not take positive cues from our young ones during snow season by delving into the magic and wonder of sledding, skiing, skating, fort building and hot cocoa like we once did?!

### Materials for the Snowman Number Mats 1-10:

• Paper
• Laminating Pouches
• Laminator
• Snowflake Stickers or Buttons
• Play Dough

Snowman Ten Frame Number Mats for 1-10 pair perfectly with that winter theme we’ve got going on, like it or not! The math mats provide an engaging hands on learning activity for your preschoolers or kindergarteners to explore numbers 1-10.

These FREE number playdough mats allow students to practice counting, one-to-one correspondence, numeral recognition and tracing, number sense, and number words.

AND the snowman counting activity comes in two versions: Pre-filled ten frames for each number and blank ten frames for each number.

## Using Ten Frames in Early Math

I always tell my students, “Ten is my favorite number!” Why? “Because it’s SO friendly!” The sooner young learners can start relating numbers to 10 and the Base-10 number system, the better.

Counting mats with ten frames provide that organization of numbers 1-10 and beyond that we want students to see. Making that leap from physically building numbers and manipulating numbers in our brains takes a lot of work on number mats first.

As children fill the ten frames with different values and manipulate the same numbers in different ways, our children begin to form deeper understandings of the numbers.

Educators can guide winter math activities to include lots of practice on counting mats for preschool so they gain confidence in counting, sequencing, and recognizing numerals.

These playdough counting mats are quick and easy to prep! Just print the FREE printable, protect the pages by laminating or otherwise and get to that playful learning.

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#### How To Use the Snowman Ten-Frame Number Mats

First, choose the number mat you’d like to start with. This can be random, or you can introduce numbers in sequence.

Use the snowflake buttons to count the correct number of snowflakes in the ten-frame and in the “sky” above the snowman.

Then use a dry-erase crayon/marker to trace the number and the number word. You can also use play dough to shape the number for a fun alternative.

The preschool winter math printable is very versatile and can even be used with older students. Kindergarteners and first graders can use the ten frames with two different manipulatives to practice addition or subtraction.

After exploring the winter math preschool ten frames, you can use the cards to put the numbers in sequence over and over again! Who knew counting with a snowman could be so fun?!

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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.