Brush up on early math skills with these fun reindeer math games – all from one printable page!
Keeping children engaged and learning all season long is important for learning and positive behavior. It is recommended that preschool age children receive a minimum of 2 hours of interactive, play-based educational time each day.
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Fun Reindeer Math Games for Preschool Play and Learning
Materials needed for reindeer math games:
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
Learning Objective: The child will build, read, and extend a pattern in AB order.
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
- Racing Reindeer Number Line Activity from Mom Inspired Life
- Reindeer Christmas Snacks for Kids from Fun-A-Day
- Reindeer Math Games for Preschool Learning from The Educators’ Spin On It
Good Ideas Are Best Shared! Pin these activities to your preschool or winter activity board!
For MORE science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities for preschoolers this holiday season, check out my new e-book STEAM: STEM Activities for Christmas!