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Snowball Number Recognition Game


When the first snow falls, a timeless winter story to snuggle up and read together is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  It's a simple and endearing story of a little boy named Peter and his adventures during what seem to be the first big snow.

One of Peter's adventures was getting caught up in a snowball fight with some older boys.  Thus it inspired me to create a simple number game to share with you all!

I created the game for my little one who was still learning to recognize the numbers 1-5, however you can choose to substitute any other numbers your child is still learning and/or use letters, instead.

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Winter Math Game - Number Recognition

The first snowfall is always magical, don't you agree?!  I love when the snowflakes are so large and pouring down as I watch from the inside because it feels like I am in a snow globe.  I am completely content watching the snow from the inside.  My kids on the other hand....

They LOVE the snow and will beg endlessly for me to let them bundle up to play outside and try to catch a snowflake or two.  And truth be told, I just love their delight in something so simple it is hard to say "no," so I help them layer and bundle and they happily run around and explore in the freezing cold.

Minutes later they come scrambling inside tearing off their jackets, gloves, hats, etc. and request hot cocoa!  Now that I am thinking of it, that is probably the reason they love to go outside... the hot cocoa afterwards!!

Anyways, we joined up with the other members of the Virtual Book Club to bring you all kinds of winter activities and fun inspired by The Snowy Day.

Winter Numbers Game


Again, I set this activity up to work on number recognition, but it can also be adapted to work on letters, shapes, etc.

The Snowy Day Number Game Set-up:

First cut out five circles from white foam to represent the snowball fight in the story.  On each snowball, write a number 1-5 with a sharpie marker.

From red scrapbook or construction paper, free hand and cut out a body shape to look like Peter's.  

Winter Math Game

To work on recognizing the numbers 1-5, I placed the numbered snowballs on the table and my little one and I said each number together while I pointed to each one.

I had my little one close their eyes (no peeking!!) while I hid Peter under one of the snowballs.

My child's job was to say the number of the snowball he thought Peter was hiding under.

Preschool Number Recognition Game

"Oops!  He is not under number 4!!"

Have your child continue guessing which number Peter may be under until you find him.

If your child resorts to pointing to the number, encourage his/her to say the number word.  If they seem to have forgotten the number, count through the snowballs again to help jog their memory of what numeral they pointed to.

Take turns having your child hide Peter under a number and you having to guess where he could be.  My kids love trying to trick me : )

Continue playing until the child is no longer interested, and save the activity for another day!

"Number 5..."
"There he is!"

Winter Numbers Game - The Snowy Day

This simple game is a fun and playful way to get your child recognizing numbers!  Enjoy!!

More Snow Inspired Activities:






Or enjoy 24 activities in our Winter Preschool Lesson Plans

FREE Penguin Ten Frame Counting Mats

Build number sense with these adorable Penguin Ten Frame Counting Mats.  These printable counting mats will help work on number recognition, counting, 1:1 correspondence, fine motor skills, and number word recognition.

Use them with your child to work on numbers 1-10.

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Penguin Ten Frames Counting Mats

I think penguins are one of the cutest and most fun animals to watch.  A few years ago, we were able to see a real penguin at our local shopping mall when SeaWorld did a tour promoting their new Arctic exhibit.  I had Big Brother doing all kinds of fun penguin themed learning activities that week!

These Penguin Ten Frames would have been a great addition to our week reinforcing counting, 1:1 correspondence, fine motor skills, number recognition, and more!

Preschool Ten Frames Counting Mats


I love love love my laminating machine; it was a Christmas present to myself several years ago and it's still going strong.  It saved many printables to re-use with my younger kiddos and also kept messy hands and/or tables from ruining the printable.  However, it is totally optional... but just in case you weren't sure, I love love love my laminator ; ) It's a great and much-used tool in our homeschool!!

Anyways, laminate and cut out each counting mat. 

Provide some type of manipulative for your child to use with the ten frame printable:

Using small manipulatives are a great way to also sneak in fine motor skills!

ten frame counting mats

Set the ten frame counting cards and manipulatives out at your math center or school table.  Have your child work in numerical order or pick a random number to begin with.

Have your child then place that many manipulatives onto the ten frame.

For instance, with the number 4, have the child say the number /4/, spell out the word /f-o-u-r/, and then count out four squares on the ten frame.

Then have the child make four balls of playdough and lay one ball in each square to represent four.

ten frame counting printable activity

Printable ten frame counting cards are great for visual and tactile learners.  They will be able to see and touch what each number represents.

You could also provide the child with a dry eraser marker and have him/her spell the word.

counting with ten frame printables

You might also want to check out our FREE Winter Counting Mats.

Or set up more penguin math activities with these printables:
Penguin Patterns Activity
Roll & Cover Penguin Printable

And these Penguin Poppers will surely add some fun to your week!

Or save yourself some time and check out 24 Winter Preschool Lesson Plan Activities!!

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Penguin Roll & Cover Numbers Game


Tis the season for "winter-y" learning themes-- snow, polar bears, mittens, and... penguins!  Your child will love playing this simple Penguin Roll & Cover Math Game this winter.  It's a fun, hands-on way for your child to build number sense such as number recognition and counting!

And bonus that it is LOW PREP for you- the teacher and/or parent!

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Penguin Roll & Cover Numbers Game

Roll & Cover Math Game

An easy way to make learning fun is to turn activities into games, and we have created a number of games for various learning concepts.  Some of my favorites include:
This BINGO game to teach and reinforce reading word families.
Our Hungry Caterpillar Clothespin Game to work on fine motor skills.
Going on a Name Hunt Game to work on name recognition.
Alphabet Basketball was a super fun way to learn the letters of the alphabet.

And, if teaching your child the numbers through 12, play this Roll & Cover Math Game!


Penguin Number Sense Game

Young children will love learning and reinforcing the numbers 1-6 or 7-12 with these penguin themed math games.  I mean, goldfish are involved... what kiddo doesn't like goldfish ; )

How to Play:

This low-prep game is super easy.  To work on numbers 1-6, simply roll a die, find the matching numeral on the printable and place a goldfish in the circle.  

If playing with numbers 7-12, grab two dice.  Roll the dice, add the numbers together, and cover the matching number with a goldfish.

Continue until all the numbers are covered with goldfish.

During this game, your child will be working on building number sense-- one-to-one correspondence, number recognition, counting (if using a dotted die), and addition (if working on numbers 7-12).

Penguin Theme Math Worksheet

I've included two Penguin Roll and Cover Games for each set so that it can either be played as a one or two player game.

If playing a two player game, the first person to cover their gameboard with goldfish wins!

Another way to play:

Play the Penguin Roll & Cover game as a traditional "BUMP" game with multi-colored goldfish and use one gameboard.  Each player uses a certain colored goldfish.

Player one rolls the die/dice and placed a goldfish on the matching number.  Player 2 takes a turn.  Now, you must put two goldfish on each number to "claim" the spot.

Thus, if Player 1 rolls a 3 and places a goldfish there, but Player 2 rolls a 3.  Player 2 can take Player 1's goldfish off the number and cover it with their goldfish.

Continue playing until all the numbers have been claimed by two same colored fish.  Whoever has the most circles covered, wins!

I hope your children enjoy this simple winter math game!  These adorable Penguin Roll & Cover game and goldfish "manipulatives" are sure to be a big hit!

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More Winter Learning Activities:
Winter Preschool Unit Lesson Plans

Building Number Sense with Snowman Mini Erasers


Have your child work on number recognition, counting, number formation, and fine motor skills with this Snowman Mini Eraser Math Printable.

This winter activity is a great way to make learning math fun and hands-on for young learners.  With minimal prep it's perfect for math centers or in your homeschool.

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winter math printable

Mini Eraser Math Activity

Truth be told, I love browsing the Dollar Spot to find unique manipulatives to use with our learning activities, like mini erasers.  We have snowmen, rabbits, fish, butterflies, and more in our growing collection!!

Creating printables to go with each set of mini erasers has been fun!  For our mini eraser rabbits we created  this Mini Eraser Rabbit Sensory Bin.

Our mini eraser fish can be found in use in our Ocean Preschool Unit Lesson Plans

Mini eraser butterflies were used in this Counting Butterflies Roll & Cover Game perfect for spring.

If you have a stash too, bring them all out and play this Stack the Erasers Fine Motor Game.

And for our mini eraser snowmen, we made this snowman number sense printable!

mini eraser snowman math printable


Prepping Snowman Mini Eraser Number Sense:

Print the Snowman Number Mat Printable Worksheet.  Laminate it or place it in a sheet protector.

Gather the snowman mini erasers in a shallow bowl  (If you do not have or cannot find snowman mini erasers, use mini pom poms, gems, or another small manipulative instead).

Place a six sided die in the circle above the snowman.

mini eraser math printable

Building Number Sense:

To play, roll the die and build the number with mini erasers!

If using a dotted number die, your child will practice one-to-one correspondence, counting, and number recognition.

Using mini erasers is a sneaky way to work on fine motor skills.

Add in two dice to work on addition up through twelve.

The numbers at the bottom aids number recognition, and doubles as a number line.  You can also have your child keep track of the numbers he/she has built by placing a snowman on each completed number.

Can your child build all the numbers up to twelve??

Snowman Mini Eraser Math Printable

I hope your child enjoy  this hands-on number sense activity.  It is simple and engaging... Are you ready to build a snowman, oops! I mean a number?!!

Click to print this Snowman Number Mat Printable.

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More Hands-on Winter Activities:

Winter Preschool Unit Lesson Plans

25 Fun Fine Motor Christmas Tree Activities


The countdown to Christmas is ON!  I'm sure your Pinterest feed has been flooded with Christmas ideas, gifts are being bought and wrapped, Advent activities are underway, the Christmas tree is being decorated, and the list goes on and on.  

This week's Fine Motor Friday post is all about Christmas Tree activities that work on strengthening those fine motor muscles.  At first I was not sure there would be enough ideas to do a round-up, but I was pleasantly surprised!  There are many other creative mamas/ bloggers who have shared great activities; I have gathered up a bunch I think you'll enjoy and that are easy to put together.

fine motor christmas tree activities

The other Fine Motor Friday co-hosts have gathered some type of Christmas themed fine motor round-up, too-- so be sure to read ALL the way to the bottom!! 

25 Fine Motor Skills Christmas Tree Activities

Christmas tree activities for kids

First I'd like to share something we put together; I didn't have time to make it a post of it's own, so I'll add our Christmas Tree GeoBoard here!  


*please exercise caution with this activity containing small push pins; adult supervision is highly recommended. This is a recreational blog, I am not held responsible for your personal use of this activity.  Please use common sense* 

I purchased a foam cone from the dollar store and had my son paint it green-- felt more 'festive,' ya know!    Or you could just purchase a green styrofoam cone.  We didn't have an issue with the push pins staying in place, however I would advise buying a foam cone that is hard versus some that can easily be poked with a finger.

Then we put push-pins all over the Christmas tree; we were pretty random about their placement, but kept them close enough for the rubber bands.  

fine motor CHRISTMAS TREE geoboard
I had my son grab his box of rubber bands he has for his Rainbow Loom and stretch the rubber bands over the push-pins.  I think it looks pretty cool and it was a fun activity; I joined in, too!

Pulling and stretching the loom bands over the push pins was the fun part!  Stretch the bands horizontally, vertically, diagonally,... or if you are able, try and make some shapes!!  

Continue until your Christmas tree geoboard is "decorated" to your liking.  It's a great work-out for those fingers; perfect way to work in fine motor skills this season!

fine motor skills CHRISTMAS TREE geoboard

Ready for some more Fine Motor Christmas Tree ideas??  Here's 24 more!

24 More Christmas Fine Motor Skills Activities

Sow Sprout Play has another Christmas Tree using styrofoam  toothpicks, and beads; a great activity to keep little hands occupied for a while!

Or use your foam tree and add ponybeads and plastic lights for those ceramic trees like Fun-A-Day! Fine Motor Christmas Trees activity.

Have some fine motor fun with these adorable  (& edible!) Waffle Cone Christmas Trees from Discount Queen; who else doesn't love to "work" and eat?

Tree Decorating Math activity; roll a dice and add pom poms to your tree.  Love that this can be played as a game or individually!  Definitely can use this as a Christmas theme busy bag...

Have some Velcro Dots on hand?  If not, you will definitely want to pick some up and create a Velcro-dot Christmas Tree from Creekside Learning; A great activity that can be re-used

My kiddos LOVE cutting and would be thrilled to make this cute Christmas Tree Craft from I Heart Crafty Things.

Another great Christmas tree activity that can be used over and over again is this Button Tree from Counting Coconuts.

Paint, rip, and glue to make a Ripped Paper Tree with paper punched ornaments and snow painted with a q-tip.  Another idea is to tear small pieces of paper to make a Christmas tree shape.

Childhood 101 shares a simple Christmas Sewing Activity for Preschoolers.  Another lacing activity is this adorable D.I.Y Felt Christmas Tree Toy from Pinwheels and Stories.

My kiddos loved the felt Christmas tree I made or them last year that hung on the wall, but I love Buggy & Buddy's easy 3D Felt Christmas Tree.

If you have extra green felt left over, check out Buggy & Buddy's other Felt Christmas Tree activity using tiny pom poms and tweezers-- perfect for toddlers!

Craftulate shares another great activity using "treasures," glue, and a christmas tree cut-out in this Toddler Christmas Tree Craft.  I think our toddlers would have fun crafting together... they both LOVE glue ; )

Or bring out the glue, pom poms, "treasures," and make a T.P Tube Christmas Tree like we did at School Time Snippets.

Stickers are great for little hands; Hands on as we Grow used stickers to make strands of garland on their Sticker Christmas Tree Craft.  Another idea is to use Dot Stickers!

Have a lego lover?  Willowday shares a DIY Lego Advent Calendar-- it is SO neat!  Even if you have already made Advent plans, or are not doing anything, if you have a Lego lover, this is something to check out!

Cannot go wrong with two craft favorites-- pipe cleaners and beads to make a Pipe Clearer and Bead Christmas Tree from Learning 4 Kids.

Draw an outline of a Christmas tree and have your child punch holes around the outline for this easy Christmas Tree Toothpick Punch activity.  Afterwards, hold up the paper to the light and see the light shine through!

Turn your Christmas tree fine motor craft into a card like the kiddos did at The Very Busy Kindergarten;  They made Circle Shape Trees by using a large hole punch and festive scrapbook paper.  Lovely!

Use some chopsticks for a Balancing Pom Pom Tree activity-- looks like it would be a great challenge.

Make some pretty art with these Christmas Tree Suncatchers from Here Come the Girls.

Break out the scissors for a Christmas Cutting Pack from This Reading Mama, featuring... Christmas Trees!  The pack includes different levels, so kiddos of multiple ages can do this together.

Finally,(AH! Seriously, there are so many great ideas... I. NEED.TO. STOP!) here is a neat Ribbon Weave Christmas Tree that will provide a fine motor challenge!

Which activity (activities) will you be doing?

Stop bye and check out the other Christmas themed fine motor activities! Together we have over 100 Christmas themed activities to keep you and your littles busy this season!

99 fine motor ideas for ages 1 to 5