If you love using calendar numbers in your classroom, be sure to grab my ornament calendar numbers this December. You can use them to switch things up in your traditional or linear calendars.
In addition to using the ornament number cards for calendar time, you can use them to teach and practice many early math skills. Incorporate them into whole group time, small group lessons, and independent practice at centers. Yes, they’re that versatile!
On top of that, the Christmas tree ornament numbers are super low-prep. You can have them ready to use with your students tomorrow.
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Read below for prepping tips, as well as ideas for using the number printables with kids. And don’t forget, you can request your own copy of the ornament numbers at the bottom of this post.
Christmas Calendar Numbers
When it comes to Christmas activities for preschoolers, there are so many fun ideas to try. I think these ornament number cards would be great as part of a variety of math plans for the holidays.
How to Prep the Number Cards
As I mentioned earlier, the Christmas calendar numbers are very low-prep. So you don’t have to spend too much time getting them ready for your students!
Begin with grabbing the materials you need. Here’s what I tend to use to prep number cards (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
Next, think about any supplies you’ll need when using the ornament calendar numbers with the kids. Here are some ideas:
- Christmas-themed pom poms
- Wooden trees
- Christmas buttons
- Small ornaments
- Red and green math manipulatives
I highly recommend seeing what you already have in your teacher stash. Of course, if you’re looking for an excuse to hit up the craft or teacher store, take this as your sign!
Once you have the materials you need, it’s time to prep:
- First, request the printable number cards at the bottom of this post.
- Next, save the file to your computer and print the numbers.
- Then cut the ornament calendar numbers apart.
- Finally, laminate the numbers.
And now you’re ready to have some Christmas-themed math fun with the kids.
How to Use the Ornament Calendar Numbers with Children
I referred to these number cards as versatile earlier, and I stand by that! There are seriously so many ways you can use them in your classroom. Here are some of our favorite ways:
- You can use them with your traditional or linear classroom calendar. Feel free to adjust your printer settings if you need the cards to be a different size.
- Pair the ornament numbers with manipulatives or loose parts. Challenge the kids to practice one-to-one correspondence by placing the appropriate number of items next to each number card. We even used them with Christmas tree slime and pom poms.
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- Practice patterning using the green and red numbers. Take it a step further by using the ornaments in conjunction with another set of cards, like my candy cane calendar numbers.
- Put together a Christmas-themed sensory writing tray. Have the kids use candy canes to write the numbers in the tray, using the ornament calendar numbers as a reference.
- See if the kids can put the cards in order from 0 to 35. Then ask if they can do so from largest to smallest, too.
- For children that are ready, use the ornament numbers during early addition and subtraction lessons. Be sure to incorporate manipulatives or loose parts!
- Add the calendar numbers to a Christmas sensory bin. Encourage the kids to hunt for all of the numbers. Extend this by having the children write down each number they find.
What are Kids Learning with the Ornament Number Printable?
You can use the ornament calendar numbers to teach so many early learning skills! Here are some of them:
- Number identification
- One-to-one correspondence
- Number formation
- Graphing and data analysis
- Fine motor
I’m sure you and your students can find even more skills to practice with the ornament numbers.
What’s Included in the Ornament Numbers Printable?
The free ornament calendar numbers printable comes with 6 pages of number cards. Half of the numbers are green ornaments, while the other half are red.
The number cards begin with 0 and end with 35. I know that’s more than what’s traditionally used with calendars. But I wanted to make sure the printable could be used for additional math lessons and activities.
Don’t forget to request a copy of the ornament number printable at the bottom of this post!
More Christmas Math Activities for Kids
If you and the kids love the ornament calendar numbers, be sure to check out these ideas as well:
- Ornament Shape Mats
- Santa Patterns
- Gingerbread Ten Frames
- Christmas Tree Counting
- Jingle Bell Dice Game
- Roll and Color Christmas Math
- Geoboard Christmas Tree
Do you have any favorite Christmas-themed math activities for preschoolers and kindergarten kids?
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