This time of year can bring the winter blues, which means teachers need fun and exciting ways to keep their students engaged when practicing numbers and number sense skills. Read on to learn how to play this winter-themed Spin to 20 free kindergarten math game and get your free download.
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Building Number Sense Skills
The first half of the year in kindergarten has a strong focus on building number sense skills with numbers 1-10. When January rolls around, it’s time to focus on expanding number sense skills with the teen numbers of 11-20.
The winter months also bring colder weather and being stuck inside more. This means teachers need unique ways to keep their students actively learning.
To keep students on task and give them a fun, hands-on way to practice their teen number skills after winter break and all through the colder months, read on to grab your copy of this Spin to 20 free kindergarten math game.
Free Numbers to 20 Math Game
This Spin to 20 winter math game is perfect for practicing counting numbers to 20. It is versatile and can be used as a partner game, small group game, or independent game.
The prep and materials are simple. All you need is a copy of the Spin to 20 game mat, 20 mini erasers or small manipulatives per player, and a pencil and paper clip to make a spinner. You can also use a plastic spinner.
This math game is the perfect addition to your math centers, independent work, early finishers, morning tubs, or as a fun activity anytime of day.
How to Play the Numbers to 20 Winter Math Game
This Spin to 20 game is both easy to prep and easy to play. This makes it the perfect option for kindergarteners.
First, print the game mat on cardstock and laminate it for durability.
To start the game, students spin the spinner on their game mat to see which partner goes first. The student with the largest number (or smallest number if you want to switch it up) goes first.
To play the game, students take turns spinning the spinner on their game mat. They read the number that they spun aloud.
Then, they count and add that many game pieces to their ten frame. The first player to fill up their ten frame to 20 is the winner!
To finish the game, students need to spin the exact number on their game mat to end the game.
If they have 18 spaces filled and they spin a 3, they lose their turn. The same goes with the number 19, as they would need to spin a 1 in order to win the game.
As students play the game and practice counting, they’ll quickly learn to look at the ten frame and immediately recognize the number represented.
For example, they’ll begin to understand that a full ten frame is 10 and they can count on from there to determine the number. This is a great number sense skill.
You can download this free kindergarten Spin to 20 winter math game by clicking here (or clicking the image below).
I hope your students enjoy this numbers to 20 math game and have a blast mastering teen numbers this winter!
Drop a comment below once you download your free copy!