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Do you remember paint by numbers? I used to love doing them but always mixing the numbers up ( yeah I was that kid). My son, however, is all about numbers. This Christmas tree math activity is a fun way to make something festive but also let his interest in math be spotlighted. You could do this with shapes, or letters too. I didn’t tell him that the final result was a Christmas tree so it was fun to have him “decode” the craft as we went.
Count and Glue Christmas Tree Math
- Gather your materials. You will need some pom-poms in different colors, cups to sort them in, construction paper, glue, and a marker.
- Start by sorting your pom-poms by color into different cups, then write different numbers on each cup. I wrote 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 on mine since we’d just been chatting about counting by 10s. To have your child help sort the pom poms just put on of each color in one cup to use as a guide.
- Write out the numbers on the paper in a design. I did green outline, with random colors and green in the middle.
- Start gluing the pom poms on using the code.
- hmmmm what could it be?
- All done! Let dry.
Great Christmas Book!
a creature was stirring by Clement C. Moore and Carter Goodrich was a recent find at the library. Around the holidays, my son and I attack the stacks like soldiers on a mission. We’re looking for the sticker on the binding indicating it’s a Christmas themed book. We found this book yesterday, and what a find! The book is an adaptation of the classic ‘Twas a Night Before Christmas with a little boy interrupting the poem with his own rhyming story. It’s an adorable story about a little boy who simply can’t sleep and truly wants to be good but is oh so worried Santa will think he is naughty. I adore this book. It’s simple and fun and a great addition to the classic that so many of us have been read and will read to our kids this Christmas.