Fun Reindeer Math Games for Preschool Play and Learning
Reindeer Math Game : Sorting
Learning Objective: The child will be able to sort 10 reindeer by size and color.
Directions for Play: Provide the reindeer cards to the child. Encourage them to sort the cards in any way they choose. (Don’t give them a hint until you have counted to 15 in your head. Kids need time to think) Many children will sort by color first. Then encourage them to sort the reindeer cards in a different way!
Reindeer Math Game: Ordering by Size
Learning Objective: The child will put 3 reindeer cards in order from smallest to greatest.
Directions for Play: Encourage the child to place the reindeer cards in order from smallest to greatest. Have the find the smallest reindeer and put it down first if they need help.
Challenge play: Hide the reindeer cards around the house. Have your child search for the smallest ones first, the big ones next and the BIGGEST reindeer last! This activity will incorporate gross motor movement with learning math vocabulary and concepts.
Reindeer Math Game: Patterning
Directions for Play: Teach (or remind) your child of what an AB pattern is. Explain that a pattern is an object or movement that occurs over and over again in the same order. Practice with movement activities such as Jump – Clap, Jump – Clap, Jump-Clap or Stomp – Twirl, Stomp – Twirl, Stomp – Twirl
Reindeer Math Game: Roll & Count
Learning Objective: The child will count out the correct number of reindeer to correspond to the number of dots rolled on the dice.
Directions for play: Have the child roll the dice and count the number of dots on the dice. Encourage them to place the same number of reindeer next to the die. Count out loud to check. Repeat.
Challenge play: Write the numbers on a piece of paper and start a tally chart for each number rolled. Make a tally on the chart for each time the dice has been rolled. When finished with the activity discuss the results. Talk about what number was rolled the most and the least.
For More Reindeer Preschool Lessons from the PLAYfulPreschool Education Team:
Swat the Letter: Reindeer Preschool Literacy Activity from Learning 2 Walk
Alphabet Activities: Reindeer Roll from Growing Book by Book
Reindeer Preschool Activities with Play Dough and Songs from Life Over C’s
Reindeer Noses Playdough Math Mats for Preschool: 1-to-1 Correspondence from the Preschool Toolbox Blog
Palm Print Reindeer Craft and Poem from Capri +3