Do you ever feel like the months between winter and spring break are extra long and grueling?? It may seem like time is ticking slowly, but that might only be because you aren’t having enough FUN! Did you know that when students learn through PLAY, concepts and skills are more quickly understood?
“Scientists have discovered that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain, unless it is done in play, in which case it only takes 10 to 20 repetitions.”
I decided to forget the winter blues and really ICE things up with these engaging, hands on, winter themed math activities! In this post, you’ll find FIVE exciting math activities to help your students practice important skills that you can use during small group instruction, centers, or as independent practice. No matter how you use it, your students are sure to have FUN while learning.
You can learn more about the importance of play HERE but let’s get into our own fun! Check out all the activities below!!
Ever had a snowball fight in the classroom? That’s right, bring the winter fun indoors! Snowball fights are a GREAT way to review skills taught and they are PERFECT during the winter months. Learn all about classroom snowball fights HERE. I’ve got you covered no matter the skill. Want a place value snowball fight? You can grab every thing you need HERE. Want a different skill? No problem! You can grab the editable snowball fight template HERE!
Fun and learning – classroom snowball fights!
Place Value on Ice
Want to combine learning and fun? Students will LOVE learning about place value with engaging, winter themed, hands on activities. From comparing adorable penguins on icebergs to spinning snowmen, it’s learning AND fun! Check out the COOL activities HERE!
Math Around the Room
Want a fun way to get students up and moving around the room AND practicing math skills? What better way to do that than with an engaging math around the room activity. They will have a great time hunting around the room for their answers, while recording their answers on their recording sheet. Students will love practicing representing numbers in multiple ways! Grab this engaging activity for FREE by subscribing below!
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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Let’s be honest… Does anyone ever say no to this question? Your students will LOVE building place value snowmen while practicing representing numbers through 120 in multiple ways. Easily differentiate this activity for students by limiting the amount of snowmen pieces for students or choosing the numbers they work within. Want to create no problem. These adorable snowmen are editable too. Check it out HERE!
And of course, who doesn’t love a good math craft?! They are a great way to show off learning, work on some fine motor skills, and they look great on the bulletin board. Anytime I can combine fun, learning, and crafts… I’m all about it! Check out this adorable snowman place value math craft HERE. Or check out the growing math craft bundle HERE to have year long math craft fun!
Want ALL the winter math fun with none of the prep? Check out the jam packed math winter activities bundle HERE!
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