Winter is a great time for using Math games and activities. These games and activities make learning Math fun and more engaging. When children enjoy activities, they learn better because they are more engaged. Teachers have known this for a long time. Hands on activities also help prepare children for more abstract concepts later.
Winter Math Activities
Winter is a perfect time for introducing new Math games and activities because there are so many special days to use as themes. For example, there is Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, and Hundredth Day. In some places there are other holidays or special days as well. Take advantage of these special times to capture the attention of your students.
Changing up the theme makes an activity new and exciting again. Visuals with winter themes help children to make emotional connections and this causes them to become more engaged in what they are doing. They love to play games and they often don’t realize that they are practicing skills and concepts while doing so.
It is a win-win situation.
Math games and activities are fun and children are learning, so classroom management isn’t an issue. When children are engaged, they want to participate. They want the activities to continue, so they are less likely to be disruptive.
I, for one, found that this was a great way to practice new concepts and ideas in my classroom. I rarely had children that wanted to opt out of the activities. It was usually the opposite, they were begging to play the games. I also saw improvement in skills and attitudes towards Math in general, as a result.
Here is a sampler of some fun winter Math activities that you can try out. Click on the image below to get your copy.
If you would like to try some other activities, check out my blog.