Counting Christmas Story Time with Printable Math Cards
I have a kid lit confession to make… When #thebigone was little, we never had a Karen Katz book. A little shocking, I know, since she’s so popular! Now that #thelittleone has come along, we’ve added a few of her books to our home library. I grabbed Counting Christmas recently, and my two year old loves it! Read on for a peek inside the book, and check out the simple math activity the book inspired!
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READING COUNTING CHRISTMAS
The text in Counting Christmas is simple and straightforward. It is essentially a countdown book, working from 10 to 1. Each number has iconic holiday items associated with it. The simplicity of the text allows parents and kids to truly focus on the math presented. There’s constant opportunities for counting together. Counting Christmas makes working on a crucial fundamental skill like counting 1-10 fun and festive for young learners.
The images within the book are bright and cheerful in classic Katz style. The graphic patterns throughout are eye catching. All of the sweet faces on the families throughout the book are heart warming. There are countless opportunities for working on holiday vocabulary during the reading. Parents can encourage kids to pick out the green gifts, find the teddy bear, etc.
COUNTING CHRISTMAS MATH
#thelittleone is quickly approaching 2 1/2 years old. He’s been working on counting a bit- although honestly, he mainly just sings a random string of numbers at us! I created this super simple math activity to pair with Counting Christmas. I’m hoping once we’ve worked on it a few times together, he’ll be a bit more on track with his counting skills.
- Print out your copies of the Christmas counting cards I created. (Scroll to the end of the post to grab yours!)
- Cut out each card.
- Laminating the cards is optional, but recommended if you plan to play with them more than once.
- Grab some clothespins.
- Sit with your child and encourage them to count the items on each card. Clip a clothespin onto the correct number after counting.
- Initially, your child may need a lot of help to accomplish these tasks. After practice and more math play in other settings, you’ll notice their counting skills blossoming!