Kindergarten Christmas Math Centers-Counting

Hello/Bonjour! 

Today is the third installment of my Christmas math center ideas using different Christmas items. These are simple and easy ideas that your students will have a lot of fun with whilst being engaged in learning. I have also included free printables to help you set up your counting centers with any materials that you want to use. I have used the same materials as the last series of posts to show how the same items can be re-purposed for different centers.  

Click the links below to see the other posts in the series and download the other free printables.
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Patterning

For your convenience I have linked the materials used to Amazon where you can find the same/similar items in this post. I do have to say that by using these link to make a purchase I will also receive a small commission from Amazon with no additional cost to you. This will help me continue to create more exciting content for teachers. 

 I have used these popsicle stick ten frames over and over for many different centers. They are great for addition, counting, subitizing, etc. This center is very easy to put together, all you need are some math manipulatives for counting-like these cute mini erasers and foam stickers. I printed off some Christmas clip art numbers to put out at the centers to provide guidance. You can find similar Christmas mini erasers on Amazon  here . 

I have used these popsicle stick ten frames over and over for many different centers. They are great for addition, counting, subitizing, etc. This center is very easy to put together, all you need are some math manipulatives for counting-like these cute mini erasers and foam stickers. I printed off some Christmas clip art numbers to put out at the centers to provide guidance. You can find similar Christmas mini erasers on Amazon here

Christmas math counting
 I knew I wanted to to have students string these mini bells as they counted them. Since these little bells have a small top I needed something very thin to thread them on. I tied some dental floss (the minty smell fits with the Christmas theme right?) to these Christmas toothpicks from the dollar store and had them thread away! The kids loved this unique activity and it was great fine motor practice. You can find similar jingle bells  here  on Amazon. 

I knew I wanted to to have students string these mini bells as they counted them. Since these little bells have a small top I needed something very thin to thread them on. I tied some dental floss (the minty smell fits with the Christmas theme right?) to these Christmas toothpicks from the dollar store and had them thread away! The kids loved this unique activity and it was great fine motor practice. You can find similar jingle bells here on Amazon. 

 I adapted this activity from the skip counting center in my Christmas math centers set which you can check out by clicking the image below. These gifts were perfect to use in this center but you could use any counting materials you have on hand. I included these counting strips in the free download but if your students need more of a challenge check out the skip counting strips and everything else you need for practising skills such as addition, money and more in the math center set. 

I adapted this activity from the skip counting center in my Christmas math centers set which you can check out by clicking the image below. These gifts were perfect to use in this center but you could use any counting materials you have on hand. I included these counting strips in the free download but if your students need more of a challenge check out the skip counting strips and everything else you need for practising skills such as addition, money and more in the math center set. 

 If you are interested in the French version you can check that out  here . 

If you are interested in the French version you can check that out here

 I included these free tree templates that you can use for counting, just print as many as you need and add the numbers. I used stickers because I had students hand these in and I used them to decorate the room. To save on printing just laminate them and have students place non-sticking objects on top. If you want to use this idea another way you could also cut trees out of construction paper. 

I included these free tree templates that you can use for counting, just print as many as you need and add the numbers. I used stickers because I had students hand these in and I used them to decorate the room. To save on printing just laminate them and have students place non-sticking objects on top. If you want to use this idea another way you could also cut trees out of construction paper. 

 I dug these mini gift bags and Christmas clothespins out of my Christmas wrapping materials.  I repurposed them for our counting centers. Using the clothespins to pick up the pom poms adds a fun fine motor element. You can find Christmas pom poms on Amazon  here , you can use them year after year and in crafts as well. 

I dug these mini gift bags and Christmas clothespins out of my Christmas wrapping materials.  I repurposed them for our counting centers. Using the clothespins to pick up the pom poms adds a fun fine motor element. You can find Christmas pom poms on Amazon here, you can use them year after year and in crafts as well. 

 I love sensory bottles and this one was fun to make- all I did was add a few of each item to a water bottle. The bottle makes a great rattling/jingly noise and is beautiful to look at. I tried adding water to the bottle but it did not work so well as the gifts kept floating and not mixing with the rest of the items. I quite like the look of the items without liquid better. I made this free bottle printable if you make your own! Students can count each item and either draw/write out what they found. After using the bottle in the center you can leave the bottles out for the students to look at.   To download all the printables used in this post click the image above to be taken to the download, enjoy! 

I love sensory bottles and this one was fun to make- all I did was add a few of each item to a water bottle. The bottle makes a great rattling/jingly noise and is beautiful to look at. I tried adding water to the bottle but it did not work so well as the gifts kept floating and not mixing with the rest of the items. I quite like the look of the items without liquid better. I made this free bottle printable if you make your own! Students can count each item and either draw/write out what they found. After using the bottle in the center you can leave the bottles out for the students to look at. 

To download all the printables used in this post click the image above to be taken to the download, enjoy! 

 These muffin cups are perfect for counting as you can count any little items into them, and they come in large quantities! All I did was glue some numbers into the bottom of the cup and in minutes had a center up and running! The students liked this center so much I did it with confetti pieces and with pom poms and clothespins. You can find similar Christmas muffin liners on Amazon  here  as well as Christmas confetti  here . 

These muffin cups are perfect for counting as you can count any little items into them, and they come in large quantities! All I did was glue some numbers into the bottom of the cup and in minutes had a center up and running! The students liked this center so much I did it with confetti pieces and with pom poms and clothespins. You can find similar Christmas muffin liners on Amazon here as well as Christmas confetti here

 If you want to be covered for math and literacy this Christmas season check out the Christmas bundle-it includes a write the room, add the room, math center and dramatic play set. These sets are fun and engaging and you save by buying them together as a bundle. For the English version click the image below, for the French version click  here . 

If you want to be covered for math and literacy this Christmas season check out the Christmas bundle-it includes a write the room, add the room, math center and dramatic play set. These sets are fun and engaging and you save by buying them together as a bundle. For the English version click the image below, for the French version click here

Thanks for reading, I hope you have found an idea to use this Christmas. Let me know in the comments what you have done in your classroom!

Penny