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Christmas Tree Counting Activity

Christmas is a great time to add some festive activities to your homeschool. Learning to count to 20 is a skill all preschoolers need to learn. And, there are lots of fun ways to do this. I made a fun Christmas tree counting activity for you to include with your preschooler’s math time this December. I’ve also included lots of ideas for other math activities you can do with these printables. These Extra activities, like adding, subtracting, and place value introduction would be great for Kindergarteners or even first graders. If you’re looking for other Christmas activities check out I Spy the Rhymes in Twas the Night Before Christmas for a poetry and rhyming activity and free printables.

Christmas Tree Counting Activity

Print out the Christmas tree and number & ornaments page, preferably on cardstock to make it sturdier. You could also laminate it so it will stand up to lots of use from little hands. Next, cut out each of the number and ornament boxes. You can also cut the tree out or leave it as is. To play, your child places any of the numbers, 1-20, on the trunk of the Christmas tree. Then, they place the same number of ornaments on the tree itself.

You should encourage your child to say the numbers out loud as they place them on the tree. This helps to engage more senses in the activity and increase their understanding. 

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Christmas Tree Counting

The numbers and ornaments can also be used in lots of other ways. Below, I’ve listed just a few.

 

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FREE Printable Christmas Tree Counting Activity

 

Extra Counting Activites

  • Place several ornaments together and have your child count them and place the correct number next to the group.
  • Put a few numbers out and have your child place that number of ornaments next to the number. This activity can be used as a tool to encourage subitizing: recognizing by sight how many items are in a group.
  • Laminate the tree and ornaments and use velcro dots for matching. This allows the activity to be hung on a wall and done standing up, which is great for young kids.

 

Patterning 

The ornaments are rainbow colored, so you can also use this as a patterning activity. When making patterns with the colored ornaments use several of each color and have your child count the number of red ornaments in the pattern for example. Then, have them place that number next to the pattern.

 

Addition & Subtraction

I’ve included a plus, minus, and equals sign in this activity so you can do some simple edition with the ornaments and the numbers as well. Place a few ornaments on one side of the tree and a few on the other with a plus or minus sign in the middle. Have your child place the corresponding number under or over each group of ornaments and then do the math. Have them add up the ornaments and place the answer on the trunk of the tree. So for example, you could put 2 ornaments on one side and 3 on the other and your child would place a 5 on the trunk.

 

Place Value

For an early introduction to place value, you can use the ornaments to count out groups of 10. If you just print the one page of ornaments and numbers you will have 20 ornaments. Start counting and show your child that once you reach 10 you need to make a new group. Make a vertical row with the ornaments so it’s easy for your child to see each one in the group of 10. You can also print out extra copies of the ornaments page and continue this to whatever number you would like.

 

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Christmas Tree Counting

 

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If you think of any other ways to use this activity let me know in the comments.

Heidi

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Hi, I'm Heidi a homeschooling Mama just like you. I'm passionate about simplifying your homeschool days and providing quality resources and support to your homeschool family. We are a full time RVing family roadschooling across the United States, learning through experiences.