Sunday, December 13, 2020

Digital Christmas Math Games and Activities

Need Digital Christmas Math Games and Activities?? I have you covered! :) I have been working a ton recently to create digital math games with fun Christmas and winter themes for a variety of concepts and skills from kindergarten and first all the way to 5th grade!


December is a perfect time to practice all of those math skills you've been teaching but it can be hard to find digital activities that are truly interactive and fun, so I have been trying to share mine in a way that can be used by teachers whether they are teaching completely remotely, in a hybrid situation, or if you simply want games for within your classroom.


Digital Christmas Math Games

One of my favorite math skills is Place Value! You know this if you've read my Fun Ideas for Teaching Place Value post. :) If you need tens ones activities with a fun Christmas theme, though, I made these!

              Place Value Teen Numbers                      Place Value 2 Digit Numbers

Sooo I love train themed centers. :) These first 2 games have 1 train at a time where kids match the cars to the number. For example, they match 83 to 80+3 and 8 tens 3 ones. Such easy and simple (but needed!) practice for numbers.

The first one only practices teen numbers (11-19) for kindergarten or easy practice. The next one practices 2 digit numbers (numbers under 100). I love them because they have to choose the 2 cars that represent the number and not use 2 of the cars.


I also have a TWO trains version where kids match all the cars - 2 per train. The teen numbers version is a great game for introducing the concept then the 2 digit numbers game to practice the concept and all the numbers. Then/or the 2 train version for a fun challenge!

              Place Value 2 Digit Numbers                    Even and Odd Numbers Sort

This Even and Odd Numbers sort activity to help Santa sort the numbers is also a fun review game. I feel like even and odd numbers is something I sometimes forget about but I knew if I made a game for it that I loved that I would remember it. :) Kids simply sort the presents into the correct train car to decide if it is an odd or even number.


Ooooh addition! Can you get enough addition practice in the winter? I don't think so! I made a lot of levels of addition practice so everyone can practice adding. I have Sums to 5 (where "and" is used instead of the symbol) with this cute little reindeer. Kids can use the lights in the snow to help them add. :) (I also have a CLIP CARDS version of this if you want a paper version). I thought this little reindeer was so cute that I used him a couple of times! Also for Addition to 10 as you can see:

 Christmas Addition to 10 game that is digital and so much fun!
                Addition to 5 with ''and"                            Christmas Addition to 10


And I used this cute little reindeer again for Addition to 20! 

THEN... I also have another train game for Addition to 10 and guess what?? It's FREE!! Go grab it while it's free!! :) Consider it a Christmas gift from me to you. It's the perfect amount of practice for your kids to practice addition in December!

                          Addition to 20                                FREE Christmas Addition to 10 


Then, even more Addition practice! This time, with a cute gingerbread character! :)

I LOVE gingerbread theme activities. If you need adorable gingerbread books to read, check out:

18 of My Favorite Gingerbread Picture Books

I was really excited about these 2... I thought the assortments of the little number answers at the bottom were so cute. Hopefully you do too! A lot of my math games have the answers to choose from along the bottom in cute themed pictures. I think it adds a bit of fun when even the answers are cute.... anything to make math fun, right?? :)

                        Addition to 10                                              Addition to 20


Another skill I think is important to keep practicing is Adding Doubles and Doubles Plus One! I thought a really fun way to practice it would be adding presents! If you notice, the piles of presents represent the number they're adding, much like my Adding Doubles Pumpkins games from my Fall Digital Math Games! Kids look at the math problem and click the stocking with the correct answer at the bottom!

                        Adding Doubles                                      Doubles Plus One


I went back to the cute little reindeer again to practice subtraction too! Both Subtraction within 10 and Subtraction within 20 so you can easily differentiate or use both to build upon the skill.

                     Subtraction within 10                              Subtraction within 20


Another tricky concept is Missing Addends! One of the first math units I ever made was my missing addends unit and I was shocked how many people expressed how grateful they were for having materials for it so I've always tried to include it in anything I do.

 
             Missing Addends Sums to 10                   Missing Addends Sums to 20


I also did Missing Minuends and Missing Subtrahends. Basically, fancy terms for missing words in a subtraction problem. :) Missing minuends are when the first number in a subtraction problem is missing. A missing subtrahend is when the number being subtracted is missing. You may already know that but I didn't for the looongest time, so just in case :) I usually do them as separate activities because I personally use a different math strategy to solve each type. If that's something you'd like me to write a blog post about, let me know! I like the way I teach it and, although it's relatively simple, I think it'd take an entire post to explain. Anyway!

                     Missing Minuends                                   Missing Subtrahends


I've been making more "big kid" games recently as well! A lot of people write to me and tell me how much they loved using my resources in first grade or second grade or kindergarten and now they're in 3rd, 4th, and even 5th and want to still use my things.... so I am trying to help them out! :) It's been fun to explore concepts I hadn't thought about in a long time. Here are a few examples... division!

                Division 1 Digit by 1 Digit                         Division 2 Digits by 1 Digit


If there are concepts you'd like to see me make games / activities for, especially "big kid'' stuff (I forgot factors even existed, ha!), please don't hesitate to ask! I always welcome suggestions and love creating!


Another thing I have done recently is convert my readers into digital versions! I am REALLY excited about these!! You can share them on your screen to read TO or WITH your students, small groups.... send them to your students to read independently.... put them on a computer during literacy rotations for kids to read... there are a lot of ways you can use them! 

                 Book - A Reindeer Day                                Book - Santa's House


These are 2 of my favorite Christmas stories! You can read the first 4 pages by going to them and doing the preview. You can play the first 4 cards of any of these games, by the way, in case you're not familiar with the platform, to preview them! That's one thing I really love about getting games from there... I love to try things first before I use them.


I also have PAPER versions of these books here:

Christmas Book - A Reindeer Day

Christmas Book - Santa's House


Like all my readers, they come in a full color version AND a black and white version that kids can color and take home :) Make sure you FOLLOW ME ON TPT so you see when I post new activities. I have been posting a lot of fun winter resources recently!


Anyway! I am super excited to have some of my books be digital too! I made 10 of my WINTER books digital too, including the Winter Long Vowel phonics books! You can check out the digital versions of those, along with more of my digital games here:

Miss Giraffe 


If you need cute Christmas WRITING activities to do, check out my NO PREP ones I love!

December Writing Crafts

Even if you don't get/want the packs, you can use the fun writing prompt ideas with your class as things to write about! From funny creative writing to opinion writing to how to writing.. there are lots of ideas! "How to Be on the Nice List" is one of my favorite ones for a bulletin board because it's cute AND reminds kids of all of the behavior expectations that, um, well, can be easily forgotten in December sometimes :)


If you are looking for cute Christmas books to read, here is a list of awesome Christmas books to read to your students:

My Favorite Christmas Books Ultimate List


I hope you found some fun ideas on this post! I have been having a lot of fun making digital items - I resisted it for so long and I am surprised how much I've actually enjoyed these digital activities so I am excited to share them with you. There are so many ways to use them and I really love how they're self-grading. These were just a small amount of them  - my digital Christmas math games and activities only. You can check out my Digital Math Games that are so Fun! post if you want to see more of what I've made. 


I also made A LOT of winter themed games for everything from addition to multiplication. I may write another blog post to show those ones too, but you can check them out now if you want! :) They're in the same place as all of these Christmas ones and I add more all the time!


If you're simply looking for fun teaching ideas, rather than digital activities, you can also check out ALL my favorite blog posts by going here: Miss Giraffe Blog Posts List 


Thank you so much for coming by!! 

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