Christmas Counting Math

Candy Cane Number Sense Puzzles

Number sense is an important skill for children to learn. This is the foundation for math in their future. This doesn’t have to be overwhelming or boring, though! Kids can have fun learning and practicing skills with activities like this Candy Cane Number Sense Puzzles. This fun Christmas math activity for december is a great way to to help toddler, preschool, and pre-k children as they learn to count and identifying numbers 1-10.

Number sense is an important skill for children to learn. This is the foundation for math in their future. This doesn’t have to be overwhelming or boring, though! Kids can have fun learning and practicing skills with activities like this Candy Cane Number Sense Puzzles. This fun Christmas math activity for december is a great way to to help toddler, preschool, and pre-k children as they learn to count and identifying numbers 1-10.

Candy Cane Activity

Number sense is the skill of understanding all parts of a number. There is the numeral symbol of the number but there is also the number word, tally marks, more or less, dots on a dice, etc. Understanding this concept is important and can be practiced with fun activities like this one.  This candy candy math printable is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers and they practice counting and working on number recognition this holiday season.

Candy Cane Printables

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Candy Cane Printables

Candy Cane Math

The prep for this math puzzle activity is super easy. After printing, the next step is to cut each puzzle section out and then each puzzle piece. If you are using this puzzle in a classroom or wanting to use it more than once, I would suggest laminating. This is optional, though.

You don’t need anything else to prep this activity, it is that simple.  Once it is prepared, kids can play a few different ways.

Christmas activities for preschoolers

Christmas activities for preschoolers

For early learners, I would suggest not using too many pieces as to overwhelm them. Start with two or three different sets and mix them up. Ask the child to sort the puzzle pieces first, by number, and then put the puzzle squares together.

For older children you could use more than two or three sets.

For children who are mastering all of the other options, you can add all the puzzle pieces together in a pile. Ask them to find all the matches and put the puzzles together. You could even say that the puzzle squares will make up one long puzzle snake. 

Candy Cane Math

Alternative Ideas:

  • Grab a piece of paper. Once the puzzle squares are together, for one number, ask the child to write down each of the parts of the puzzle. The number, tally marks and candy canes.
  • With the same concept, ask them to write the number word instead or in addition to.
  • You could even use these as a matching game. Turn the puzzle pieces over and they have to find matches in order to complete the puzzle. Leave one piece from each set face up on the side and once the find the matches, they will be able to complete the puzzle set. 

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Christmas Alphabet

Looking for more fun ways for kids to practice alphabet letters during December? You will love these FREE Christmas alphabet printables:

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Free Christmas Worksheets

Looking for more fun Christmas themed, FREE printables for preschoolers in December? You will love these choices:

Don’t miss these free alphabet printables for making learning your ABCs fun and engaging! We also have lots of free preschool math, preschool crafts, books for preschoolers, and playdough mats. Plus we have lots of  clever ideas in our preschool themes with a full weeks worth of educational activities.

 

Free Christmas Printables

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of Preschool Play and Learn. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of 123Homeschool4Me.com and kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com where she shares more than 100,000 pages of FREE worksheets,& educational ideas for PreK-8th grade.

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