Activity for ages 3 to 5.
If you’re looking for a fun way to teach kids number recognition, counting, one-to-one correspondence, number writing and even beginning addition this holiday season, you’ve come to the right spot. These festive Christmas tree counting cards are a motivating, hands-on way to tackle the numbers 1 to 10.
To prep, I printed the Christmas counting cards on cardstock to give them extra durability and make the colors really pop. Then I cut them apart and grabbed a pile of small pom poms.
I decided to have my kiddos work with the set that has a blue background (shown above) but I also included an ink saving set in white in case you’d rather go that route.
Counting Christmas Ornaments
Middle Brother (age 4) was eager to jump right in and play so I challenged him to find the number 1 in our pile first. Placing his finger on the dot at the top of the number, he slid his finger down the one and said our silly number formation poem out loud:
“Straight line down and then we’re done. That’s the way we make a one!”
Then he grabbed one pom pom and placed it on the white dot in the center of the tree.
Card after card, he traced each number, practiced the number formation poem, and counted out a matching number of pom poms for the tree.
The Christmas counting cards were a great way to work on math and fine motor skills at the same time!
Extending to Addition
To step up the challenge, place a couple of pom pom ornaments on a card, leaving several spots empty. Then ask the child, “How many more ornaments do you need?” When she answers, point out the addition problem she created.
For instance, if you were working on the number seven card (above), you could cover two of the spots with pom pom ornaments. You’d ask how many more spots needed to be filled and, when the child replied, “five”, you could say, “Yes! We started with two ornaments and we need to add five more ornaments to make seven. Two plus five equals seven!”