Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Tree Math

I saw a tree like this with Popsicle sticks over at Joyfully Weary and knew we had to use them for some Christmas math.  She used it as one of her learning trays and I had so much fun looking at all her different ideas.  In this activity, the kids worked on spacial reasoning, comparing lengths, counting, and recognizing shapes, but you could also easily add in some pattern work.

For this craft, we used:
Green, brown, and white construction paper
Paper cutter
Foam shapes
Pom poms

1.  To prepare for this craft, I cut green construction paper into 1 1/2 inch strips.  Then I cut the strips in sections, so I had pieces that were approximately 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 inches as shown.

2.  I gave each child a stack of green strips and a piece of white construction paper to work on.  I had them sort their pieces with the longest piece on the bottom.  Some of them got this right away and some had to work hard to compare each piece.  Having them find the shortest and longest pieces for the top and bottom of their tree gave them a good framework to start with.  

3.  After their tree was constructed, they glued their pieces down.

4.  Then, we decorated using foam shapes.  We reviewed the different shapes and counted their sides and corners.  We also compared their sizes (Which square is bigger?  Can you find the biggest heart?).  You could also encourage the kids to make patterns on each strip with their shapes.
The kids had a great time with their Christmas trees and we got to sneak some extra math into our morning!  Then, we cut around them and mounted them on red and green paper for Christmas cards for the grandparents!

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  1. How fun! I will have to see what kind of foam stickers I have, I know my kids would like this.

    I just used a Christmas tree to discuss symmetry with my 5 year old and he really liked it.



  2. I love how you tied math into these wonderful cards!

    I would love for you to link this up to the Holiday Hop of Goodies on my site. http://www.jdaniel4smom.com/2012/11/holiday-hop-of-goodies-introducing-our.html

  3. Supper fun we will add this to our December arts. Thanks for sharing :)