Activity for ages 3 to 5.
This simple preschool math activity gives kids practice comparing, matching, measuring and building fine motor strength all in one festive little Christmas tree. Straw Match Up is the perfect combination of easy prep and fun play. Happy Holidays!
I ran across Teaching 2 and 3 Year Old’s straw match up activity a while back and as the holiday season approached, I was excited to add a little Christmas twist to make it a festive game my boys would love.
First, I grabbed my supplies:
- A pack of straws
- Piece of paper
I turned the paper width wise and placed my ruler near the top, carefully drawing a 1 inch line in the middle of the paper. I moved my ruler down about 1/2 inch and then drew another line that was 2 inches long. I continued scooting down the ruler and adding a new line that was one inch longer than the one above it until I almost reached the end of the page.
I carefully cut the straws into different lengths: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 inches long. It was a fun surprise to realize that when I cut the 1 inch straw, it also made the 7 inch piece I needed. And when I cut the 2 inch straw, it made the 6 inch piece… So easy.
Straw Match Up
When all of the straws were ready, I invited my boys over to play. They picked up one piece at a time and placed it on top of the black line that was the same length. Some of the pieces were easy to match – the smallest straw clearly belonged at the top. But other straws were more difficult and required a little trial and error to match.
Slowly, the straws began to take shape, creating a bright and colorful Christmas tree.