Try a Christmas Tree Number Match: It’s a FANTASTIC holiday math activity.
Dot stickers and Christmas? Why Hello combination of two of my most favorite things (I’m basically Maria von Trapp here). This Christmas Tree Number Match was absolute perfection.
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It’s always comes back to dot stickers
My love of dot stickers is widely known and well documented. I love these little activity gems.
I’ve used them before in a dot sticker Christmas activity (it was a fabulous color match) but I wanted a little twist this year.
I was inspired by my friend Fynn from Happy Tot Shelf’s Christmas Tree Activities to try a linear, matching approach to this number activity.
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Making this a Christmas Tree Number Match was the perfect twist!
I decided to set this up as a matching, chronological number activity for my 4 year old.
It was PERFECT.
There’s two math skills he’s practicing with this activity:
- Number recognition – seeing a number and knowing the name
- Ordering numbers 1-24 (because that’s how many stickers are on a sheet)
Now I will give two caveats:
This isn’t a high level activity. This is straight matching. Matching a “shape” (each number symbol is a shape of sorts). All the child really needs to know is how to match a symbol to a symbol.
Knowing the number name is a bonus and understanding the numbers are being put back in order is another.
Here’s how to set up this easy Christmas math activity:
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I took my 12×18 inch construction paper and drew a Christmas tree on it. I used a ruler to make mine so straight (since I’d be putting photos on the Internet). Normally, I wouldn’t go to that particular of a level (wink).
I made strands on the tree as though it was strung with lights. On the “strand,” I put the number 1-24 in numerical order.
I did 1-24 because 24 is the number of dot stickers on a single sheet.
On the dot sticker sheet, I mixed up the numbers!
My son had to hunt and find the correct numbers. It was interesting: he went in order of the dot stickers and was hopping all around his number tree.
Because he was bouncing around so much, to find a number on the tree – he must have counted blocks of numbers 10 times. It was such great counting practice for him.
Christmas tree number match for the win!
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Don’t put this Christmas Tree Number Match away after the first round.
Keep this up and keep handing out mixed up sticker sheets. This doesn’t need to be a one-and-done activity.
This can stay up a few days – let your child continue practicing these skills and playing around with their tree.
Oh and remember this dot sticker tip:
Remove the middle white part of the stickers (or have your child do it!).
This makes stickers so much easier for kids to use and keeps you from being on constant Sticker Help Duty.