December Math and Literacy Fun {Plus Ideas for All Winter Long!}

I can't believe December is almost over. My daughter said the other day, "it's practically already 2016". She's right. Where did the time go?! I swear, the older you get, the faster time flies! But before time completely gets away from us, I want to share some December math and literacy fun with all of you!

December is one of my favorite times of the year. It's such a festive time both at home and at school. The crafts, the parent gifts, the parties...and the gingerbread houses. Oh, the gingerbread houses. What starts out looking like this:

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Somehow quickly turns into this.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Or worse. This.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

I've never seen a gingerbread house quite that...decorated before. Boy was he proud of himself!

When we are not up to our elbows in frosting, we're busy practicing and reinforcing what we've learned over the last few months so that we don't forget our new skills over the winter break.

So I am super excited to share my December math and literacy fun ideas with you! But I'll also share some great general winter ideas, and you'll get a few FREE downloads as well! 


If you've been a Kindergarten teacher for any amount of time, you know that when something big is about to happen (say a couple of weeks off from school or a the big guy in the red suit is coming to visit) it can be a huge challenge to keep your little guys on task, working hard, and still learning.

We do a lot of games and partner activities around this time of year because they are a great way to make learning fun and keep kids engaged. The It's All Fun and Games series has been great for keep students focused while also getting in some December math and literacy fun!

Over the summer I bought several cut outs from Dollar Tree. I used some to make back to school centers. You can read that post here.

One of the cut-outs I bought were these cookie and milk pieces. I thought they would be perfect for December. But you could use this activity any time of the year.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

I made a short-a word family sort with them. We generally start with the -at family, followed by the -am and -ag family so that's what we're practicing with this activity. 

I wrote the word family on the milk glass and the CVC word on the cookies. The students match the cookie to the word family milk glass.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Of course I had to make a recording sheet! The students will record the words from the cookies on the lines under the corresponding milk glass. Click on the images below to download the freebie recording sheet.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Here's another activity I make using colored cardstock (or construction paper). You can practice so many skills: addition, sight words, numbers and subsitizing, word families, etc. It's easy to prep. Just use green paper to cut small triangles (3-4" in size) and brown paper to cut small rectangles.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

I'm using it to practice CVC words. The students read the word and then build the word. To show their work, they record the word on a piece of paper and draw a picture to illustrate the word. 

Reindeer Games is always a class favorite. Again, it can be used for so many skills but we are using it for comparing numbers.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

For this December math and literacy fun activity, students play with a partner. They roll the dice and count the dots to determine the number that they rolled. The student that rolled the bigger number wins that round and gets to dab a circle on their paper.

They continue to play until one student has filled all of the circles on their paper. You can easily differentiate this activity by adding more or less dice. Or have students win by rolling the smaller number. 

You can download a copy of the recording sheet by clicking on the image below.


Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Here's a little game that we play to practice making five. 

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Each player gets a copy of the snowman game board. They need a die and game pieces. I use themed erasers to keep things festive. Before I give the die to students I cover the number 6 side with stickers like these. I tell them that this side is zero.

To play the game, students roll the die and count the dots. They determine how many more are needed to make 5, then they cover the number that is needed to make 5 on their game board. For example, if a student rolls a 1, they would cover the 4 on their game board. If a student rolls the same number again they lose their turn. The first player to cover all of the snowmen on their board is the winner. 

Click on the image below to download the freebie game board.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

The activities from It's All Fun and Games {December Edition} are perfect for these few weeks before school is out. I love this series because each packet is packed full of games and activities that really keep the kids engaged and focused. The partner games give students to opportunity to work together and practice taking turns.

This might be one of my favorite December math and literacy fun packs in the series...maybe because I love this time of year so much! There's no Santa or Christmas clip art included. It's all gingerbread with some winter mixed in so the activities can also be used when we return in January!

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

For this activity, students spin the spinner and count the dots. They use the color of the dots to write the number on their paper. Once all of the numbers on top have been filled in, they use a pencil to practice writing the numbers in the section below.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Students are practicing "one less" with this activity. (There's also a similar activity for "one more" included in the packet) Students spin the spinner and read the number. They find the number that is one less on their paper and color it to match the color code on the spinner.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!
We're practicing tally marks with this activity. Students spin the spinner and count the tally marks. They use the color code on the spinner to color the gum drop with the matching number.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Here we are working on numbers to 15. This is a winter/penguin theme so it would be perfect for after winter break as well. Students select a card and determine the number represented by either the base ten blocks or the ten frame. They find the matching number on their paper and trace the number to match the background on the card.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!
This is such a fun game to practice counting by ten! It's similar to the snowman "Making 5" game that I mentioned above. Students play with a partner. They each need a game mat, some snap cubes, and the spinner.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Students sit across from one another. They will take turns spinning the spinner. They read the number that they land on and count by ten to cover that number on their game board. If a student spins a number that they have already covered, they skip their turn. The first player to cover all of the numbers on their mat is the winner.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Students spin the spinner and record the number in the milk glass. They count back and write the numbers in the cookies.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

This activity is the same concept as the one above, only students are counting on for numbers 11-20. It's a hot chocolate theme, so it can definitely be used in January!

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

We use this bump game to practice making 5. Students spin the spinner and read the number. They determine how many more are needed to make 5. Full directions are included in the packet. But the kids really love this activity!

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

There's always a few students who are still working on matching uppercase and lowercase letters. This activity is for them. Students spin the spinner and name the uppercase letter. They find the lowercase letter on their paper and trace it to match the color code. Each letter is represented on the page twice so they get double the practice!

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Students roll the cube and identify the short vowel sound. They find a picture on their paper with the same beginning short vowel sound. They color the picture to match the color of small circle in the lower left corner.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Ending sound practice, similar to the beginning sound activity above. Students spin and read the letter. They find a picture with the same ending sound and color it to match the color code.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Students roll the cube and read the -at family CVC word. They use the color code to color the picture that matches the word.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Continuing with our short a work, students will select a card and say the name of the picture (-at family and -ap family words are included). They will find the word on their paper and color it to match the background of the card. Again, it's winter themed, so we can use it in January too!

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Students select a sight word card. (Sight word cards are blank, so you can write your own sight words on the them) They spin the spinner to determine what color they will write the word first. After they've written the word once, they will spin the spinner again to determine the new color they will write the word.

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Here's another sight word activity. Students use the "envelopes" to build the sight word on the card. There's also blank activity cards and envelopes for you to program with your own sight words.

There are 27 activities included in this packet. Click on the pictures below to check them out!

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Looking for December math and literacy ideas for Kindergarten? Or perhaps you're on the lookout for something less Christmas that you can use all winter long. Either way - you're going to love this post! You'll find great math and ELA center ideas for December, January, or anytime there's snow on the ground in your area (or gingerbread in your heart)! Click through to also check out the free downloads. And many of these ideas can also be used in your preschool or 1st grade room. Check it out!

Thanks for reading along! I hope you loved these December Math and Literacy fun ideas, as well as the many ideas you can use all winter long!

Fall Fun for Kindergarten

Fall fun for Kindergarten. But first, a little background...

I was out shopping last weekend and stopped by JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store and was so excited to find that they had all of their fall craft supplies 50% off! I picked up so much because the prices were so great! 

My next stop was Michaels, I needed a few things to go with what I had bought at JoAnn. I told my husband he could just wait in the car, I would only be a minute or two. HA! You would think after 12 years of marriage he would know better!

I walked in and guess what?! Michaels had their fall crafts 50% off too! JACKPOT! I stocked up on some more goodies, so I should be set for the next 5 years.. or at least until next fall. 

Later that day I popped in to Target because..well, do you need a reason to stop by Target?! They didn't let me down either...they had a great selection of fall/Halloween stuff perfect for the classroom. 

Once I got home and admired organized all of my new treasures, I couldn't wait to make good use of everything I bought. I put together a few fall centers for our little people and wanted to share them with you. Everything pictured came from JoAnns, Michaels or Target.

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

The first center I made I used small orange plates that I found in the Halloween section at Target. I found these adorable (can I use that word to describe spiders???) 3D spider erasers for a dollar. I think these were in the Halloween section. The erasers only come 8 to a pack, so I bought a couple of packs.

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Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

To make this center, I used a Sharpie to draw a spider web on each plate and wrote a number in the middle. I am not the best artist, so please don't judge! Spider webs aren't perfectly round so that's why mine aren't either, yeah I'm just going to go with that excuse. Haha!

If you don't have time to run to Target, you can grab the orange plates here on Amazon. Also, if you have the Bug Counters Set from Learning Resources, you could use the spiders from there!

The kids use the erasers to count and put that many spiders on the "web" (plate). I only went to 10 because that's the numbers we are working on this time of year.

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

Don't these guys look cute sitting in their paper plate webs? Okay, that will be the last time I use the word spider and cute in the same sentence.

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

So of course I had to make a recording sheet. I love having an accountability piece, whenever possible, in my centers. It keeps my little friends on task, holds them accountable for their time, and it's nice to have something tangible to send home to parents. For the recording sheet, they read the number and color that many spiders to show the number.

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

You can grab your own copy of the recording sheet by clicking on the picture below.

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

The fall fun for Kindergarten continues next with this center I made is this pumpkin seed counting and number sequence activity. Yes, I know pumpkin seeds are not orange and black, but we are pretending! The pumpkin cut-outs came from JoAnns and the "seeds" came from Michaels. 

The little gems had glue dots on the back of them but I was worried about my little friends taking the "seeds" off, so I put a small dot of E6000 glue on the back of the seeds before adhering them to the pumpkins. Let them dry overnight. Again, we are working on numbers 1-10.

If you don't have the pumpkin cut outs or gems. You could use a pumpkin pattern on the die cut machine (or make orange circles and pretend their pumpkins) and draw on the seeds. You can find similar pumpkins on Amazon here and the gemstones from Amazon here.

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

Students count the seeds on the pumpkins and put them in order to 10. Afterwards they work on the practice page to show their work (and get in a little extra cutting practice).

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

You can grab your own copy of the recording sheet by clicking on the picture below.
Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

I made this activity for our little friends that are working on letter recognition and could also use some extra support in the fine motor department. I got the large pumpkins at JoAnns and the gems came from Michaels. 

My kids, every year, LOVE anything that sparkles and shines. I think they really feel like they are working with valuable treasure!! Hey, whatever works and motivates! So, when I saw these little jewels I knew they would be an instant hit. It's just another way to put some fun into learning letters! 

To make this activity I wrote the letters on the large pumpkins. Be sure to write the letters rather large. Note: Let the ink dry overnight because I smeared my first pumpkin. Oops! Then I added some bling and we are ready to roll. 

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

The kids use the gems to form the letter on the pumpkin. I love this fall fun for Kindergarten activity because they are practicing letter formation and fine motor skills at the same time. The kids love it because of the fancy treasure pieces they get to use. It's a win-win. To show their work, on the recording sheet they dab (or color) to show the letters they worked on. (You can get your dabbers here.)

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

You can grab your own copy of the recording sheet by clicking on the picture below.

Are you on the lookout for some great September, October, fall, Halloween, spider, or pumpkin ideas for your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students? Then you're going to love this post - Fall Fun for Kindergarten! You'll get loads of great ideas for hands-on math manipulatives to use for centers, counting resources, FREE downloads, great resources, and so much more! This blog post is FULL of great ideas that every primary elementary teacher and homeschool parent is going to love!

We spend a good amount of time counting the number of words in a sentence because it's an important pre-reading and pre-writing skill. Students first need to recognize that groups of letters makes up words. We discuss how words have meaning and are separated by spaces to make a sentence. When we read and write we focus on one word at a time and when in writing we need to separate our words.

 Since this is a skill that we work on a lot, I included it in my no-prep A Dab of Learning: Fall Edition, but I also wanted to make a hands-on activity that would go along with those pages. 

I used sentence strips that I already had and these pumpkin cut-outs that I got at Michaels. They were not 50% off, but were only $1.99. They have a white sticky dot on the back as they are meant to be stickers. I took the dots off because I am not using them as stickers so now they are pumpkin manipulatives! You don't have to use pumpkins, you could use small erasers, snap cubes, or whatever you have in your classroom.

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I wrote sentences on the sentence strips and cut them to size. I used sentences with 3 words up to 6 or 7 words. We read the sentence together and matched a pumpkin to each word. They count the pumpkins to see how many words are in the sentence. This is a great way to reach those tactile learners.

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Pictured below is one of follow up activity pages that we use for this fall fun for Kindergarten activity. Students dab a pumpkin for each word in the sentence. As mentioned earlier, the pages can be found in the no-prep A Dab of Learning: Fall Edition. You can check that packet out here.

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Here's some more fall activities we are working. These come from the It's All Fun and Games: Fall Edition. I love this series because it is so much fun for the kids. They love completing the activities or playing the games with a partner or small group. As a bonus it is so, so easy prep! 

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This activity is to practice beginning sounds. Students say the name of the picture on the card. They find the corresponding letter on their paper and trace it to match the color of the border on the card.

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For "The Colors of Fall", students say the name of the uppercase letter on the card. They find the matching lowercase letter on their paper and trace it using the color from the card.

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This fall fun for Kindergarten game has been so much fun! There are 4 different playing mats included. Students take turns using the spinner to spin either a letter, word, or sentence. Then they cover a space on their board to match their spin. The first player to cover their board wins the game.

The adorable leaves that we used for game pieces were a big hit! I got the leaf cut-outs at Target but I also saw similar ones at JoAnns.

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A little sight word practice here. We spelled our sight words using the pumpkin letters. There is an optional recording/accountability page for this activity, but it didn't make it in the picture!

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This is one of the rhyming mats in the packet. I keep rhyming simple at first and primarily stick to easy to recognize CVC words. Students match the picture cards to the rhyming picture on the mat. Again, there is a recording/accountability page for this activity too (not pictured). You could definitely use this activity without the accountability piece.

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Before we begin making ten, we work hard on making 5. I found these little red cups at the Dollar Tree awhile back. They are the perfect size for little hands. I used the yellow/red two sided counters that I've had for years. We put five in a cup. The kids put their hand over the cup and shake, shake, shake. The counters are foam so there is NO noise! win-win! They lay the counters on their mat and dab or color the circles to show how they made 5.

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This is a fun way that we practice number writing. Students spin the spinner and trace the number using the color on the spinner. Once all of the numbers are traced, they practice writing the numbers on their own.

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I included some no prep activities in this packet as well. Here's an example of one of them. Students roll the die, find the matching set of dots and color it. 

I also put the page pictured above in a page protector and turn it into a partner game. Each player gets their own color of snap cubes. The first player rolls the die, finds an apple with the matching number, and covers it with their snap cube. Then the next player rolls and covers their number.

However, if the a player rolls a number that has already been covered, they can bump off their opponent's single snap cube and take the spot. But, if a player rolls the same number twice (without being bumped off) they can put another snap cube on top (like a king in checkers) and then they cannot be bumped off that number. Player with the most spaces covered at the end of the game wins.

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We first played this game in a small group. Each student gets a game board (4 different game boards are included). Students take turns spinning the spinner and identifying the number represented on the ten frame. They find the matching number on their board and cover one space. 

If a player spins a ten frame and all of the spaces for that number have already been covered, they skip their turn. The first player to cover 4 in a row, in any direction, wins the game.

You can check out all 31 activities included in this packet by clicking on the pictures below.

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Thanks for reading along all about our fall fun for Kindergarten!