If you teach Kindergarten, you’re probably strongly for or against crafts in the classroom. There doesn’t seem to be much in between!
Personally, I am strongly FOR crafts, especially when they incorporate our core learning like these winter math crafts for Kindergarten. I think that crafts are so important to the kindergarten experience.
These free winter math crafts are the perfect way to combine fine motor practice, listening and following directions, are, and math after winter break!
Why are crafts important?
Crafts in the classroom are a great way to work on those important fine motor skills. Students improve scissor cutting skills and get to practice holding and turning the paper, accuracy with cutting on a line, and snipping. They build handwriting muscles through pinching the paper, tearing, gluing, and manipulating the small pieces.
Crafts in Kindergarten are a great way to improve listening and following directions. Especially after winter break, I think this is something we can always use work on!
They also give us a new way to practice core content. The brain LOVES new things, and using skills and content learned in this new way helps build connections in the brain.
Free Winter Math Crafts for Kindergarten
When someone in our Natalie Lynn Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teacher Friends Facebook Group had the idea for these free winter math crafts, I knew I needed to make them happen!
These math crafts hit preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten math standards and are low prep craft ideas for you.
Mitten Addition Craft
This mitten addition craft is perfect for those of us beginning or reviewing addition this winter in Kindergarten!
This winter math craft is super low prep. Students will cut out the mittens and glue them on the page.
Then, they will add snowflakes. For the snowflakes, you can use any white materials you already have in the classroom! Some ideas include: white dot stickers, pom-poms, mini cotton balls, or just use a white crayon to draw.
There are two options for the addition number sentence at the bottom. First, you can choose to have students simply fill out the addition number sentence to match.
Or, you can have students fill out the story problem to match.
If you use pom-poms or cotton balls as snowflakes, you can have students act out multiple story problems before finally choosing one to make and glue down.
Snowman Number Sense Craft
These snowman number sense math crafts are perfect because you can easily differentiate them.
Students will assemble their snowman craft, draw a face, and add a number hat. Warning: these snowmen are big!
Then, students will fill out the snowman to match the number on its hat. You can differentiate these snowman math crafts by what numbers you give to students.
If students make numbers 1-10, they will model the number and then show it on a ten frame.
To model, I just turned dot stickers into “buttons” and stuck them on. You can even just have students draw a picture to match the number!
For teen numbers 11-19, students will decompose the teen number and write how much they need to add to ten to make the teen number.
Then, they will show the number on ten frames. I used mini dot stickers to add a fine motor component and fill out these ten frames.
These snowman math crafts make the perfect hallway display for January. And maybe February.. and March if you’re like me. 😉
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