Are you a preschool teacher looking for new and exciting winter printables for your preschool class? Are you a parent searching for preschool winter activities for your little one? Look no further. These free printables will provide a variety of playful learning, easy to prep activities that are approved by both adults and kids!
Side note: when you were younger did you ever stick clothespins on your nose or cheeks? I did. It hurt, but I kept doing it. Fortunately, there are better ways to use clothespins. Like these Free Winter Math Activities. Preschoolers will have so much fun with these winter activities for preschoolers while they are matching pictures and counting to 10 all while using clothes pins.
This newest addition to our free, low-prep winter theme preschool activities can practice matching and counting skills while having fun and strengthening fine motor skills. These free printable winter themed clip cards can be used to practice matching and number recognition. They are also great for one to one correspondence and learning ten frames in your winter math centers. You and your kids will love these preschool winter activities!
Winter Math Activities for Preschool
Counting To 10 and Picture Matching Clip Cards
There are three sets of math clip cards included in this set of winter theme activities preschool kids will love.
- Matching picture to picture (visual discrimination)
- Matching numeral to ten-frame
- Matching numeral to an array
Simply chose the set that best fits your child’s needs or let them choose which one they want to do.
With some prompting, you can also work on language skills with the visual discrimination set. Talk about colors, matching BIG to small, ask why questions such as “Why do we wear mittens?” to encourage your child to take their learning a step further.
Benefits of Clip Cards For Preschoolers
There are so many ways to engage your kids in active playful learning. Board games, card games, worksheets, independent play and more. Each one serves a specific and useful means of learning. Games encourage good sportsmanship and learning to take turns, worksheets are a quick tool for building handwriting skills, independent play draws from all the learning experiences a child has and allows them to demonstrate those skills.
So what do clip cards contribute to the learning process?
Clip cards (clothespin cards) are aimed at developing fine motor skills along with the specific academic skill they are addressing.
They involve motor planning to hold the card with one hand and use the pincer grasp to open and place the clothespin on the correct answer.
While that seems so simple to an adult. That is an advanced skill for a preschooler.
Not only that, but using clip cards allows the child to focus on the question being asked without being distracted by ten more problems on the page. They are the perfect learning tool for a child who struggles with focus (let’s be real…every preschooler…lol!)
By placing a small dot on the back of the card behind the correct answer, you can turn clip cards into a self-correcting tool. After the student has answered the question, they can flip the card to see if they got it right.
While clip cards are not the most interactive learning activity available, they are still incredibly beneficial to every student!
This winter math activity set provides 3 fun clip card activities for your preschoolers.
So you can work on building your preschoolers matching and counting skills, while also encouraging independence and building fine motor skills.
Materials needed for the Winter Clip Cards for Preschoolers:
To prep: Print, laminate and cut apart the clip cards.
To make the activities self-correcting, place a small dot directly behind the correct answers prior to laminating.
To use: Have the students use clothespins to mark the correct answer on the cards.
You can vary the fine-motor aspect of this activity by using various sizes of clothespins.
While we love using clothespins with these winter math clip cards, if you don’t have clothespins it is okay. Don’t fret. You can still use these free printable winter activities for preschoolers.
- Play dough is a great alternative. If you have laminated the winter clip cards, you can have your child make balls of play dough. Place the ball on the correct answer on the card. Using playdough also turns this into a winter sensory activity.
- Small manipulatives can also be used with this preschool winter activities set. Think mini erasers, pom poms, marbles, buttons or something similar.
- Extend the winter theme with other preschool winter activities such as an ice cube science experiment or winter craft.
- Another great extension idea is to combine these winter math activities for preschoolers with a winter sensory bin or other sensory activity.
Planning for a Winter Theme? We’ve done all the work for you!
We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for your WINTER THEME. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below: