Tis’ the season for all things elfish and cute including this Christmas Roll and Graph Math Activity! Practicing early graphing skills is so much fun when you turn it into a race! What’s extra great about this math center is children will practice graphing skills AND work their fine motor muscles while coloring. This is just one of the many holiday themed activities I love to add into my centers throughout the year!
*Pair this with our Christmas Centers & Activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten!
Christmas Roll and Graph Math Activity
I recommend using this roll and graph activity in a math center or in pairs with a partner. If children are using it as an independent activity he/she should be confident in their graphing skills. Be sure to review early graphing skills with your students beforehand.
My favorite way to use this activity is in pairs. When children pair up with a partner, they can turn this roll and graph game into a race!
Let’s get started with our supplies.
- Christmas Roll and Graph recording page (at the end of the post)
- Christmas Roll and Graph printable die (at the end of the post)
- Christmas Pocket Die printable picture cards (at the end of the post)
- Pocket Dice (optional)
How to Assemble the Printable Die
You have two options for using dice with this activity. You can use the included Christmas printable die and assemble it on your own OR you can use the pocket die printable cards to place in a pocket die.
Assembly for the Christmas roll and graph printable die is simple! I would suggest laminating it first. I think it’s easier to assemble when it’s laminated. Laminating also makes the die more durable.
Simply cut out the die along the thick black line. Then you’ll fold inward, along the dotted lines.
Keep folding up the die and tucking in the edges until it’s in a cube shape. Lastly, add a couple pieces of tape to secure the die.
If you’d rather not fuss with assembling the printable die, then use a pocket die (these pocket dice are my absolute favorite and what I use in math centers all the time) and print the pocket die picture cards.
Simply laminate, cut them out, and slide them into the sides of the pocket die.
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How to Play Independently
If you choose to place this activity in your math center, be sure that your students have a solid foundation of graphing skills. If it’s been awhile then a quick reminder of how to graph will help!
Place a basket of crayons, colored pencils and markers in your math center for more graphing fun!
Fun Tip: Laminate the recording sheet and have your students use dry erase markers instead!
Students are expected to roll the die and then color in one square above the Christmas picture that matches.
The activity continues with the child rolling the die and coloring in the squares above the object rolled on the die.
The game is over when one of the Christmas pictures reaches the top of the graph first!
Turn this graphing activity into a race! In pairs, each child has his/her own Christmas Roll and Graph recording sheet and they share a die.
Player #1 rolls the die and colors in the square on their own graph recording sheet.
Player #2 then rolls and records the picture rolled on their own recording sheet.
The game continues until one of the player’s Christmas themed picture has reached the top of their own graph first!
Extra Fun Tip: Give students themed stickers for graphing instead of coloring in the squares on the recording sheet. As an added bonus…this helps work those fine motor muscles too!
Early Learner Tip: Color in the boxes on the bottom with each box being a different color to help get early learners started. It’ll simplify the graphing process for little ones who are just learning how to graph.
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