Use these Christmas calendar numbers for all sorts of math activities for preschoolers – beyond just the calendar! Don’t you love when math printables are fun AND versatile?
You can grab your free printable version of the Christmas calendar numbers at the end of the post, but first take a peek at how fun they are, as well as some of the different ways you can use them.
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Christmas Calendar Numbers
Sometimes the most simple printables are the ones we end up using the most, and that is definitely the case with these Christmas numbers.
Your kids will love the fun Christmas images to help get them in the spirit of the season, and they might even come up with their own ideas for how to use them.
Materials for Your Christmas Numbers
You absolutely don’t need a lot to print or to use the calendar numbers. Obviously a printer, and I highly recommend a laminator to keep them in good shape during all of the manhandling. Laminating makes keeping your printables clean sooo much easier, too.
Here’s what we used:
Optional, but these will make using your Christmas calendar numbers extra fun!
- Calendar pocket chart
- Clear glass gems
- Christmas table scatter
- Play dough (homemade or store-bought)
- Mini erasers
How to Prep the Number Cards
There really isn’t much prep work involved in getting the Christmas calendar numbers ready to go. What makes printables you can use a variety of ways even better? When you don’t have to do much prep before using them!
First, print the Christmas cards out. (Remember, you can get your own at the bottom of the post.)
Then it’s time to cut them out. Cut them out square, or you can round the edges if you prefer.
I definitely suggest laminating the number cards so you can use them for years. Also, if you do as much laminating as most preschool teachers, your life will be so much happier with a good quality laminator!
After laminating, cut the individual calendar number cards out and you’re ready to have mathy fun with them.
Using the Christmas Calendar Numbers in Preschool
I have found so many great ways to use calendar numbers with my preschoolers over the years. Here are some ideas, starting with using them as actual calendar numbers in a pocket chart.
Students can practice:
- Numerical order
- Patterns (if you combine different versions of the cards)
- Number identification
Laminated Christmas calendar numbers are fantastic to use with sensory writing trays. You can use salt or fake snow in the tray, or even rice or flour look sort of like snow, in keeping with the Christmas theme.
Use two sets of numbers to play a math game like Memory. You could also use them as part of a number bingo game.
Print out a set of my winter calendar numbers, and kids can match the numbers in each set of cards.
Have the kids lay out the cards in numerical order, and then they can use them to count backwards.
These calendar numbers work great with manipulatives, such as the examples linked above in the materials section. Kids can count out the number of manipulatives to match what is on each card. See lots more ways to teach one-to-one correspondence here.
Done-For-You Preschool Christmas Resources
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Here are just a few examples of some learning resources to go along with the Christmas calendar numbers. Click on the links under each image to take a closer look at what’s included.
Free Printable Christmas Calendar Numbers
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More Christmas Math Activities for Preschoolers
I just love that at this age math can be pulled into so many fun activities. Here are a few more from some of our friends.
Jingle Bell Shapes Christmas Math | Little Bins for Little Hands
Santa Pattern Activity | Stay at Home Educator
Gingerbread Man Math Tray | No Time for Flash Cards