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Over the past few years, counting the ornaments as we hang them on the tree has become a bit of a tradition in our house.
It first started a couple of Christmases ago with our oldest and just sort of continued year after year.
That first time was the inspiration for these holiday themed counting mats and we have used those more times that I could count since then.
This year however, we upped our game a little bit and turned those basic Christmas counting mats into something a bit more appropriate for an almost six year old.
While we’ve got the counting skills down, and have had them figured out for a while now, I wanted to go ahead and keep that aspect as it makes them fun and a whole lot more enticing to an active kiddo.
With this set of math mats however, I also wanted to include a little handwriting work so that he could practice writing each of the numbers as well as practice associating the number word with the correct numeral and number of objects.
Using them, couldn’t be easier. Just print the mats out, you’ll find numbers 1-10 included in this set, laminate them to make them reusable, and start counting.
Now, if you’d prefer not to laminate each of the pages (since these are seasonal), sliding them into clear page protectors like we did is a cheap and easy way to get the same effect while still allowing you to reuse them (and the page protectors) again in the future!
To use them with your child, just grab a dry erase marker or two and some M&M’s®.
If you’re really wanting to up the fine motor factor with these, you could also incorporate the use of play dough as well. The large numerals at the top of each page are perfect for this. Just have your little one mold and shape their play dough until it makes the number that they’re working on.
Next, have them use their dry erase markers to trace the numerals as well as the number words and finally, break out the candy for a little ornament counting.
They’re going to love practicing those counting skills when it’s followed up by a sweet snack :)