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Deck the halls with these free Christmas Addition and Subtraction Printable Math Mats! Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! Okay, so maybe you won’t decorate your classroom with these super fun printables, but perhaps you’ll add them to your Christmas math centers. Your kids will love solving equations by decorating these addition and subtraction math mats with colorful manipulatives!
*Pair with our Christmas Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Christmas Addition and Subtraction Printable Math Mats
Your students are going to love these festive Christmas printable math mats. They are great for both Kindergarten and 1st grade!
I like to put them in my math centers but you could also use them in small groups or send them with your students to use at home for extra practice.
How to Prep
This activity is so fun and so easy to prep. Let’s gather our materials and get started!
- Christmas tree math mats (download below)
- Dry erase marker and eraser
- Manipulatives for counting such as pom poms, buttons, or counting bears
I like to laminate my math mats for use year after year. It also makes this activity more fun and engaging when children can use dry erase markers to write in the math equations.
If you don’t have access to a laminator then I suggest slipping the printables inside of a sheet protector. I’ve used them this way as well!
Addition Math Mats
Students will start by rolling one die and then writing the number in the first box of the equation at the bottom of the addition printable.
Then they will roll a second die, or the same die twice, to find the second number in the addition equation and write the number in the second box.
When they are done rolling, they will place the corresponding number of manipulatives on the Christmas tree math mat.
Lastly, students will solve the addition problem by counting all the manipulatives that are on the Christmas tree and write the number in the third box.
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I like to provide two different colors of pom poms to show the 2 separate parts of the addition equation.
Part one is the red pom poms represented by the number 3 in the first box and part two is the green pom poms represented by the number 2 in the second box.
Subtraction Math Mats
Students will start by rolling one die to find their starting point. They will then place that number of manipulatives on the Christmas tree math mat.
Then they will write the number rolled on the die in the first box of the equation.
Next, they can roll a second die (or one die, twice) and write it in the second box. This is how many manipulatives will be removed from the Christmas tree to show what is being “taken away.”
Teacher Tip: Let students know that they must roll a number that is smaller than the number in box #1 so that their equation works out properly. If they roll a number larger than box #1, they should roll again.
Students will now “take away” manipulatives from the Christmas tree to find the answer to the subtraction equation and write it in the third box!
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