With the festive season coming up, it is a good idea to include manipulatives that fit the theme. It just adds a bit of excitement to an ordinary lesson. These tiny gifts were once ornaments on a string, now repurposed as manipulatives for counting activities!

For this fun, hands on math game you can practice a variety of math from counting to 20, counting to 100, addition games, and more.

You will need gift manipulatives that you can make using small pieces of packaging foam and wrap it with shiny gift wrap or buy miniature gift boxes here.

Christmas Counting

Counting Out

Roll a die/dice and find the corresponding number of gifts by counting it out.

Simple Sums

Roll a dice to get a number. Write the number down and count out the gifts accordingly. Get a second number by rolling the dice again. Count it out again. Now count it all up to get the answer to your sum. This can be done with adding and subtracting sums.

Less than or Equal to

Roll two numbers. Count each out and place opposite each other. Decide which side is more and which side is less.

Counting by 2's

Practice skip counting, grouping etc. with the gift manipulatives too!

Extension Activities

You can make up math word problems like 3 elves delivered 2 gifts each. How many gifts did the elves deliver all together?

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Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at Teach Me Mommy about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher. Follow along on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter.
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.