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Hello everyone,

Does anyone have any fun and stimulating ideas for incorporating maths into a Christmas theme?

 

So far I've got wrapping boxes as presents (talk about shapes/measuring paper), repeating patterns with Christmas sponges, counting Christmas objects and our role play area will be a Toy Shop with Santa's Grotto (using money, making price labels).

 

Would also appreciate any ideas for outside.

 

Thank you.

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How many baubles on a Christmas tree, Advent count down to Christmas. Numbered stockings on a washing line hung on the fireplace, How many sleeps to Christmas Day. Crackers made of various sizes [shape space and measure] What about a hopscotch with how many days to Christmas.

Could you wrap objects in wrapping paper such as balls, bean bags for throwing into present boxes.

Will keep thinking. :o Have fun.

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could you do somethinng about snowballs size shape and how long they take to melt etc or does it have to been the Christmas Story type maths?

I have a great book called the The biggest Snowball Ever and children roll and roll a huge snowball and collect all types of things in it including children. Lots of opportunities to count in there!

 

Lorna

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I bought a couple of sets of baubles from Wilkos and yesterday we did matching and sorting and couting and looking at their shapes!

The boxes had 100 items in them and I just used two shapes but in all different colours.

Will introduce the others maybe today!

 

Dual purpose too as they can go on the tree after!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We made a board game by drawing christmas puddings and laminating them. Put numbers dotted around the puddings and children find them at the roll of a dice. We use numbered and dotted dice depending on child's ability. Good for number and numeral recognition.

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Hi, these ideas all sound lovely but has anyone any ideas for christmas maths activities around the concept of half or halving? We have a parents session next week and that is what we are supposed to be doing?

 

Thank you

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Hi, these ideas all sound lovely but has anyone any ideas for christmas maths activities around the concept of half or halving? We have a parents session next week and that is what we are supposed to be doing?

 

Thank you

 

 

How about the front of old Christmas cards. Children could cut them in half, mix them up and then have to find the matching half to put them back together again!

 

Lorna

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Hi,

 

Not sure if you are still after ideas but we've been sorting presents for Santa's sack/stocking, focusing on comparing weights of different presents (using a balance scale) and then ordering them from heaviest to lightest for packing them in Santa's sack to make sure no presents get damaged/squashed. Some lovely langugae has come out of it and the children have been continuing the activity in our Santa's workshop role-play area.

 

For an extension activity, the children have tried to estimate which will be the heaviest/lightest present. Again some lovely language has been used and the children have taken the activity into their own play.

 

We've also been looking at making wrapping paper with patterns, thinking about the shapes of different presents/decorations and made our own large advent calendar - shape snowmen and positional language when the children decided where to put their snowmen on our advent calendar.

 

 

Becky

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