Winter Math Activity: The Abominable Snowman!
Winter Math Activity: The Abominable Snowman!

I love preparing seasonal learning activities, and winter has so many fun options! I’m sharing the links to free printables I’ve used to create Montessori-inspired winter math activities for preschoolers through first graders. I’m also showing how I used the printables to prepare the Montessori-inspired activities.

Winter Math Activities for Preschoolers-Grade 1

Snowflake Addition, Subtraction, and Counting Activities

Free Printable: Winter Pack from 3 Dinosaurs

As usual, the Winter Pack from 3 Dinosaurs is HUGE! The pack is designed for ages 2-8 and includes literature-based activities to go with the book There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! (There Was An Old Lady).

The addition, subtraction, and counting activities are amazingly simple to prepare. Many of the 3 Dinosaurs printable packs have counting, addition, subtraction, greater than/less than, and/or word problem printables with numbers that are interchangeable. I just used the numbers from the “Montessori-Inspired Ocean Math Activities” I prepared in June. I would probably put both the addition and subtraction pages on a tray for children who are ready for them.

For younger children, I would make a separate “Count the Snowflakes” tray. For each tray, be sure to have the exact number of snowflakes needed for the highest sum or difference or to go to the highest counted number you’re using in the activity. I like to use 3-dimensional objects whenever possible, so I used clear gems from a hobby store (Michaels) for the activity. They also had some snowflake-like sequins that would work well. 3 Dinosaurs has snowflakes that can be printed out and used if you prefer.

The addition or subtraction activity works for any child who has a good understanding of quantity and numerals. There are number cards included in the activity for 1-20. You could use 1-15 or even 1-10.

The photo shows how I prepared the tray with an inexpensive wooden tray from the hobby store, a small container for the snowflake gems, and another small container for the number cards. I added a sugar tong for an additional practical life activity. The sugar tong is optional.

For the activity, I would have the child choose two number cards, placing the larger number in the space to the left. Then he or she could count out the correct number of snowflakes to place above the minuend as in the photo.As the child counts out the correct number for the subtrahend, he or she could count out and move that number of snowflakes to the area above the subtrahend. After taking away those snowflakes, the child could then count out the snowflakes left and place the number card with the difference in the last space. Continue creating and solving subtraction equations as long as the child is interested.

For addition presentation ideas, check out my Montessori-Inspired One Fish, Two Fish Addition Tray. You should be able to easily adapt the presentation for this activity.

If you’re interested in introducing greater than and less than, be sure to check out my Greater Than Less Than Alligator Math.

Snowman Addition or Counting Activity

Free Printable: Cool Combos of 10 printables from Easy Primary Resources at Teachers Pay Teachers.

The Mitten Roll and Graph Game

I LOVE water beads! They’re great for many sensory activities and also add an extra element of fun to roll and graph games. Here are two different variations of winter roll and graph games. The Mitten Roll and Graph Game from The Mitten Printables is from 1+1+1=1. Snowman Roll and Graph Game is from the Royal Baloo Snowman Packs. The 1+1+1=1 printables and Royal Baloo printables have lots of additional activities that can be used for a number of skills.

For roll and graph games, children can roll the dice and color in the graph, but you can also create a fun hands-on game that’s perfect for fine-motor coordination. The Mitten Roll and Graph Game has a 1-5 version and a 1-10 version. The Royal Baloo Snowman Roll and Graph Game has a 1-5 version and a 1-15 version.

Snowman Roll and Graph Game

Free Printable: Snowman Roll and Graph Game from the Royal Baloo Snowman Packs.

This could be made into a cooperative game where each child takes a turn rolling the dice and placing a water bead on the graph for the appropriate animal, snowman, or snowman accessory. I like the cooperative aspect of having the children work together to add water beads to the graph until one of the animals in The Mitten reaches 10 or the snowman or one of the types of accessories reaches 15.

Even though the game is cooperative, you can still use it to teach sportsmanship. At the end of the game, the children could shake hands with each other and say, “Good game!” It’s helpful for children to learn the social etiquette for games without the emotions involved in winning and losing. Hopefully, that will make it easier for them to remember to show good sportsmanship during an actual competitive game.

You’ll find more ideas on creating cooperative games here: How to Use Cooperative Games to Teach Sportsmanship. For a fun Dinosaur Roll and Graph Game for any season, check out this post: Montessori-Inspired Dinosaur Fun with Printables, Water Beads, and Glass Gems.

Snowman Sudoku

Free Printable: Snowman Packs from Royal Baloo

In addition to tot and preschool snowman packs, Royal Baloo’s Snowman Packs include activities for K-1. A great way to introduce children to Sudoku skills is with Royal Baloo’s snowman Sudoku activities. There are easy, medium, and difficult levels, which could each be made into their own activity tray. Here’s an example of an easy snowman Sudoku activity using the Royal Baloo printable.

Snowman Clock Activities

Free Printable: Snowman Pack from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Free Printable: Time printables from the Royal Baloo Snowman Packs

For this tray, I used a cute snowman clock activity from 123 Homeschool 4 Me’s Snowman Pack. With so many digital clocks, cell phones, and watches today, it takes extra work for children to understand how to read an analog clock. I like that the printable has number cards 5-60 to add to the clock. I also added some cute time printables from the Royal Baloo Snowman Packs to give children experience with both digital and analog clocks. I drew on the clock hands so that children could set the other clock hands. Older children could draw on their own clock hands.

Free Winter Printables for Preschoolers-Grade 1

  • Montessori-Inspired Playdough Math Activities for Winter {Free Printables}
  • Free Winter Printables and Montessori-Inspired Winter Activities
  • Free Winter Do-a-Dot Phonics Printable (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
  • Arctic Animal Packs from Royal Baloo
  • Bear Snores On Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
  • Winter Theme Printables from 1+1+1=1
  • Winter PreK Pack from This Reading Mama
  • The Mitten from Homeschool Creations
  • The Snowy Day from Homeschool Creations
  • Winter Theme Printables from PreKinders
  • Homeschool Share – The Mitten Lap Book
  • Winter Nature I Spy from Spell Outloud
  • Snow & Ice from 2 Teaching Mommies
  • Winter Fun from 2 Teaching Mommies
  • Snow and Snowmen Printables from Making Learning Fun
  • S is for Snowman from Confessions of a Homeschooler
  • Winter Printable Pack for Tots and Preschoolers from Gift of Curiosity
  • Winter Printables at Teachers Pay Teachers

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More Winter Resources

  • Free Winter Printables and Montessori-Inspired Winter Activities
  • Montessori Winter Resources for Classroom or Home
  • Montessori Winter Activities Printables for Preschool Through Elementary from Every Star Is Different
  • Free Winter Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
  • Free Winter Songs and Educational Videos
  • Free Winter Do-a-Dot Phonics Printable (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
  • Free Winter Cutting Strips (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
  • Free Snowperson Printables and Montessori-Inspired Snowperson Activities
  • Montessori-Inspired Snowman Color Activities Using Free Printables
  • Montessori-Inspired Snowman Letter Activities Using Free Printables
  • Montessori-Inspired Winter Activities
  • Montessori-Inspired Winter Playdough Activities
  • Free Winter Printables and Montessori-Inspired Winter Math Activities
  • 25+ Snow-Themed Sensory Tubs
  • Simple Snowman Sensory Bin {A Fun Way to Work on Essential Skills for Toddlers and Preschoolers
  • Free Snowman Printables and Montessori-Inspired Snowman Activities
  • Montessori-Inspired Winter Themes and Activities
  • Teaching Toddlers about Winter with the Montessori 3-Period Lesson and Activities
  • Free Snowflake Printables and Montessori-Inspired Snowflake Activities
  • Montessori-Inspired Winter Activities with Spielgaben {Free Printables}
  • Free Winter Playdough Math Pack (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
  • Montessori-Inspired Playdough Math Activities for Winter {Free Printables}
  • How to Prepare a Simple Winter Playdough Tray with Super-Soft Playdough
  • Kids’ Winter Activities Pinterest Board.

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