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Christmas Cookie Math in a TIn

It's December, which means it's time for Christmas cookie baking!  It's also a great time for some adorable, Christmas math work!  Continuing my cookie theme for yesterday, I've got some fun cookie math activities for you.  Like many of my other themed math printables, these little counters should fit in an Altoid tin for easy transport to Grandmother's house or anywhere else your travels take you.

The PDF includes Christmas cookie counters in three styles- trees, gingerbread men, and snowmen.  Kids can use the included numbers to build a number line and place the correct number of counters under each number.  If the child is expected to add counters for the numbers 1-5, they'll need 15 items.  If they're doing 1-10, they'll need 55 counters.  Be sure to give kids the correct number, so they can figure out how many go under each number without any extras.

The three different counters mean that it's very easy for kids to work out three-digit addition problems, where each cookie represents a different quantity.  I originally created these math printables to help my daughter understand how to add three numbers.

Of course, you can also learn subtraction with this set.  Have the child place the number cards to make a math sentence and figure out the difference.  As with the addition, kids can use the cookies as manipulatives to work out their printed math workbooks.

You can also use the 20 board to work on multiplication and division to 20.  Arrange the cookies in a grid to show the factors.  Use them to explore different math concepts like fractions, too.

The printable includes thirty printable cookies in three designs (I put mine on cardstock for weight), number cards 1-20 with repeated numbers for equations, math symbols, a number line, and 10 and 20 box frames.  Most of younger elementary math can be explored with this packet including number sense, addition, subtractions, multiplication, division, fractions, and more.  The set is very open ended and could be used for additional math activities and games according to the child's interests or teacher's learning goals.

Instead of a 20-frame, a mini cookie sheet like this one would be a very fun way to encourage a reluctant child to play with the cookies.  This time of the year, I just can't stay away from all the Christmas cookie fun myself, which is why I had to make up this pretend play cookie collage.  Click the links on the bottom of the page for more information about the product.  Perfect for Christmas (wink).

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