These winter math activities for preschoolers are just what the kids need to practice a variety of early math skills. They’ll be great when paired with these winter activities for preschoolers.
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Preschoolers are natural mathematicians! Just sit back and observe the kids and you’ll see much evidence of this in their daily routines. Nearly every day, you will see them do things like:
- Sort their snacks by color
- Line up dinosaur toys from largest to smallest
- Use Unifix cubes to measure their friends
- Equally split blocks between multiple kids
It’s fun to encourage the children’s love of mathematical thinking with hands-on math activities.
Below, you’ll find a collection of math ideas to include with some of your winter themes. The activities cover a variety of preschool math concepts. Some of these include:
- Number recognition
- One-to-one correspondence
- Numerical order
Winter Math Activities for Preschoolers
Ready to jump into some creative hands-on ideas for winter math? Here you go!
Pair this printable snowman roll and cover game with dice and snowman counters.
Winter calendar numbers can be used during circle time, centers, or small group.
Have the kids each make their own name snowman. Then use the names to count and graph the number of letters in everyone’s names.
Use a simple snowflake craft to explore symmetry and patterns.
Counting snowballs winter math allows the students to early math with just paper and cotton balls.
Sort and match silly-shaped penguins with the ice and penguin shape sorting mats free printable.
Break out the painter’s tape for No Time for Flash Card’s winter math game that takes place on a giant snowflake.
Play to Learn Preschool’s mitten button counting activity makes for a great winter math center.
I love how PreKinders has the kids create a glove versus mitten graph based on the items the kids wear to school!
Combine art, math, and literacy with Fantastic Fun and Learning’s snowflake emergent reader.
Mama.Papa.Bubba uses numbered hats as part of her snowman number recognition game.
Make your own five little snowmen finger puppet, like Inner Child Fun did!
The Imagination Tree’s winter counting sensory table combines so much hands-on learning, all in one spot.
The children can use a delicious snack as part of How Wee Learn’s popcorn snowman counting activity.
Help the polar bears get back their snowballs in the color sorting math invitation by Modern Preschool.
The Educators’ Spin On It’s polar bear math game encourages the kids to get active as they participate in the math fun.
So, those are some of my personal favorites. Now, the difficult part is choosing which of these math activities for preschoolers to start with!
A Few More Ideas
As I was writing this for you, my brain went on a few tangents. I came up with a few more winter math ideas, and I remembered a few I’d done in the past (but haven’t written about before).
So, here are some more winter math activities for preschoolers:
- Spread shaving cream in a shallow tray. Let the kids practice writing numbers in the “snow.”
- Use dyed cotton ball “snowballs” to make patterns.
- Have the children measure glass gems (“ice”) on a simple scale.
- Research polar animals’ lengths. Assist the kids in measuring out those lengths – using Unifix cubes, rules, or even themselves!
- Create shapes on the rug with painter’s tape. Have the kids use winter-colored blocks to create the shapes. (Check out our frozen building activities for block inspiration.)
I know sometimes winter can seem to drag on. I know I love taking the kids outside to explore nature, or even just run around on the playground. But sometimes going outside just isn’t an option. So I hope all of these math ideas keep everyone super engaged no matter where the learning takes place.
Do you have any favorite preschool winter math activities? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. I’m always looking for new and engaging learning activities!
Preschool Winter Math Activities Materials
Sometimes, us teachers end up scrambling around to find all of the materials we need for an activity. Or even worse, we have to change our lesson plans at the last minute because we don’t have all the materials we need. So, here are some items you might want to have on-hand for your preschool winter math invitations:
Although I’ve listed items that can be used specifically for math activities, they are versatile enough that they can also be used for a wide variety of other activities, too! As a bonus, you will be prepared with additional materials for those days when things don’t go quite as planned.
Here are some other ideas of materials that are great for not only preschool math concepts, but fine motor skills too:
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