Do your kids love puzzles? My youngest daughter is obsessed with puzzles. A normal day includes putting together at least two or three puzzles. It doesn’t matter that she put the same puzzles together the day before (and the day before that). It’s one of the very few ways that I can get her calm down, so I’m happy to oblige. She is also happy to use puzzles for learning. These free printable Winter Counting Puzzles are excellent for helping children use number lines in an engaging way.
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These line up counting puzzles are super low prep. Once these puzzles are prepared the first time, they are ready to play with for years on end. I love activities that are simple to prep, because as much as I love laminating – I have a long to-do list and prepping is not something I want to take up all of my time.
Making the winter counting puzzles:
Print, laminate and cut apart each number strip.
To make it even more simple, I use a rubber band around each stack of puzzle pieces. These can be tossed in a storage container with all of the other counting puzzles!
A paper cutter saves so much time, I don’t know what I would do without it. After having tendonitis in my wrist for many years, I love not having to use scissors for every project.
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How To Use the Winter Counting Puzzles:
For a simple activity, place the puzzle pieces mixed up on the table. The child can put the puzzle pieces in order by numbers, while using the pictures to help connect them correctly.
Ways to Extend Your Students’ Learning:
If the children are looking for more of a challenge, multiple puzzles can be placed on the table, mixed up. The child would need to sort the puzzle pieces as well as put them in order.
Another fun idea, is once the children understand the concept of these puzzles, they can make their own. Children can draw a picture, add a number line numbers on the bottom and cut the strips. Students can even exchange the puzzles with friends to share the fun!
How do I Differentiate with the Winter Counting Puzzles?
The multiple levels that I mentioned above will allow children to use this winter counting puzzle set for all learners. I have included three puzzles focusing on 1-5 as well as three puzzles that focus on 1-10. This is incredibly helpful for Preschoolers and Kindergartners!
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