### Christmas Literacy and Math Activities for Kindergarten

Can you believe Christmas is less than two weeks away? I feel like I've blinked and December has just raced on by. It's definitely feeling like Christmas around here. The lights, the music, the goodies...and the snow! It really is the most wonderful time of the year! Today I'm sharing some great Christmas literacy and math activities for Kindergarten. I hope you enjoy!

I wanted to share with you my absolute favorite Christmas read alouds. I have a rather large collection of Christmas books, so I narrowed it down to my all-time favorites {and the ones that always seem to be a Kindergarten crowd pleaser too!}.

What is your favorite Christmas read aloud? I hope you'll share it with me in the comments. I love finding new books to read!

You can use my affiliate link to check these books out on Amazon.

I don't know about you but this is the time of year where I try every trick in the book to keep student engagement high and learning fun and exciting.

The free activity pictured below is a fun way to keep kids on task and excited about vowel sounds! Why? Because it involves bingo dabbers! And what kid doesn't love that? Students say the name of the picture to identify the middle vowel sound, then they dab their answer. Students are still learning, it's just with a fun twist.

And now for a couple of freebies that require little to no prep, but would be great for morning tubs, partner games, or fast finisher activities.

Last year we played a similar game to practice making five. You can read about that in this post. This version of the game is to help students practice making ten. You can have students play this game individually or play with a partner. Just print the game boards and then slide it into page protectors. Students need a pencil and paper clip to make a spinner and mini erasers or snap cubes.

Students spin the spinner and read the number that they spun. They determine how many more are needed to make ten and then cover that number on their game board. For example, if a student spins a 7 they will cover the 3 on their game board because 7 and 3 make 10. If a student spins and the number has already been cover they lose a turn.

If students are playing with a partner, the first player to cover all of the numbers on their game board wins the game. If students are playing alone, they would play until all of the spaces on their game board are full. You can click on the picture above to download this activity.

Here's another fun Kindergarten Christmas math activity to keep learning going strong. One of my favorite uses for the mountain of mini erasers I have collected over the years has been to have students make letters with them. I shared uppercase letter in this postlowercase letters in this post, and now we are making numbers!

Just print the work mats and ten frame cards. Slide the mat in a page protector and cut apart the ten frame cards. Students select a card and count the ten frame. Then using the mini erasers they make that number on the mat. Included in the download {but not pictured} is a number formation page with directional arrows to help students with number formation.

Here's a version for numbers to 20. To include some fine motor practice add a spoon or tweezers to have students pick up the erasers. Just click on either picture above to download the freebie activity.

#### Next up are so very low prep literacy freebie ideas.

Students need snap cubes for this activity. They use the Christmas lights as the color code. First they read the word family and then find the pictures/words that belong in that word family. They use the color code to place a corresponding snap cube on the picture. You could have students write the CVC words using the color code when they are finished.

Another literacy activity that you just need to print and slide in a page protector. This can also be used as a partner game or individual activity. Students need a paper clip and pencil to make a spinner and mini erasers or snap cubes. Students spin the spinner and identify the short vowel sound. They cover a picture with the matching middle short vowel sound.

If you're using this as a partner game, play this as a BUMP! game. Students take turns spinning the spinner and take turns covering pictures that match their spin. If the other player lands on the same vowel sound, they can bump the player off and put their snap cube down. However, if a player lands on the same vowel twice, they can stack their snap cubes (like a king in Checkers) and cannot be bumped off. The game is over when all of the spaces are full. The player with the most spaces covered wins the game.

You can click on any of the pictures above to download the freebies. I hope you will find them useful and that your kiddos will love them!

And now here's a peak at some of our favorite Christmas literacy and math activities for Kindergarten. There's 25 centers included. All come with recording sheets and "I Can" visual directions. Each center also comes with at least one no prep follow up practice page. These are great for reviewing skills or put them together  and send home to make a fun winter break review.

First up is this Christmas themed counting activity. Students count each set of objects and record how many. Then they compare the numbers to determine which number is greater. They color the picture to show which number was greater.

This is a fun and easy way to practice graphing. Students count each set of objects and color their graph to show how many. They use the information to complete answer the questions on the right. This packet includes three different graphing activities plus two no prep practice pages. You could use this as a whole group activity by displaying the graphing mat on the Smartboard or document camera and completing the page together.

Counting by 10 practice: You can use this activity with or without the number line that's included. Students count by ten to identify the missing number and then record the series of three numbers on their paper. At the bottom of this post is a sneak peek of the no prep follow up activity for this center.

Aren't these reindeer shapes the cutest? Students identify the shape of the reindeer and then find the matching 2D shape on their paper and color it to match the background on the reindeer card.

Students practice number order with this activity. They read the three numbers on the card and count to put them in order. They record the number in order on their paper. A version for numbers to 20 is also included.

Students look at a series of three pictures to determine which two have the same ending sound. They color or dab the two pictures that have the same ending sound.

Students read the word on the cookie sheet and use the cookie letters to spell the sight word. Blank cookie sheets and cookies are included so that you can write the sight words that your class is working on.

While you could definitely use this activity without a recording sheet, one is included. Students write down the sight words that they worked on.

For this rhyming activity students look at a series of three pictures to determine which two words rhyme. They dab {or color} the two pictures to show a rhyming pair.

Here's another activity to practice middle vowel sounds. Students say and stretch the name of the CVC picture on the card. They match the envelopes with the vowels to complete the CVC word.

To show their work, students record the missing vowel on their paper.

Pictured above and below are two examples of the no prep practice pages included with each activity. These are great for morning work, homework, sub tubs, or a winter break review packet.

You can check out all 25 Christmas literacy and math activities for Kindergarten included in this packet by clicking on the picture below.

Thank you for reading all about my Christmas literacy and math activities for Kindergarten.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

#### 1 comment:

1. Melissa,
I'm not sure if my last comment went through. ��​ My computer went crazy and flipped to another page when I hit publish.
These are really cute ideas! I'm always looking for educational things for my children x 4! ��​ I wish I saw these before winter break! Regardless, I can still use them. Thanks for the great book suggestions as well.
Ipuna with www.healthykidsplay.com