All you need this first fun holiday game is some themed bowls (or cups) and two baubles. I labelled the bowls with numbers 0-10, but you could use any numbers. On their turn, kidlets threw each bauble, aiming to have them land in 2 different bowls. They either added the 2 numbers and gave the total to earn a point, or were given a target total that they had to reach with their 2 bauble throws (this was trickier!). Each of my groups loved this game (particularly the boys) and I'm not sure why I haven't used this idea before! It would be great even for something simple like numeral recognition at the beginning of the year (with different themed containers of course).
(Ignore the ugly towels on the table - some of my kidlets were a little wild with their throws and we needed something to keep the baubles on the table!)
Want to know the best way to make your class excited about learning at Christmas time? Put the materials they will be using in a gift bag! :) I had a little bag of tinsel ready to go for group work time and my kidlets were absolutely busting out of their skin to find out what that activity was. They had a tonne of fun measuring tinsel pieces with cubes, popsticks and matchsticks and then choosing their own unit to measure with. We recorded our results and made lots of comparisons and observations. Christmas maths made easy!
Everyone loves playdough! An awesome way to make it Christmas themed? Add peppermint essence (in our green batch) and glitter (in our red batch). My kidlets just loved playing with this. (It would be perfect to use with my Rockin' Around the Playdough Tub mats! *shameless plug*) We whip up at least 2 batches of playdough a week, the kids literally cannot get enough of it and it's a great manipulative for all sorts of activities.
Last, but not least, is this great freebie from Mel From the Pond. Whoever invented pokey pinning is a genius, and so is Mel for making these awesome pages. I love pokey pinning for strengthening those little hand muscles and developing fine motor skills. Go grab this page, and then go grab Mel's pack to use all year! A to Z Pinning Pages
Phew! I'm tuckered out after all that festive cheer. I'm off to bake cookies and then get some rest, ready for tomorrow's fun. :)