Snowflake Math (2 1/2 Year Old’s Activity)

With all the snow and ice we’ve had this week, it brought to mind a really cute activity I did with ED when she was a toddler.  This time of year there should be some pretty snowflake ornaments at the hobby store like the ones I got a few years ago.  

When ED was 2 1/2 she always came running when I called the older kids for math time.  I tried to keep things fresh and fun for her as well!

At the time ED was learning to count out 4 objects (not just saying the numbers and pointing to as many objects as she can!) It was a big step for her (she was 2yrs 9mo).

Below there are three different basic counting activities:

We had leftover numbers from putting up mailbox numbers.  Bright and shiny for this activity!  ED simply has to place the sparkly snowflake ornament on the small snowflake that is glued on the paper. Together we counted out the snowflakes as she placed them on the paper.

For this activity I made lots of black strips with numbers and crayon-drawn snowflakes.  ED really enjoyed using the snowflake stamp to punch out the snowflakes from the strip.  I told her she could also glue snowflakes onto the strip, but she wasn’t interested.

For the last activity I glued very small homemade snowflakes onto Popsicle sticks.  I covered a cereal box with aluminium foil and contact paper and stuck on numbers (again from our mailbox set).  Then I used a knife to put slits next to the number.  ED LOVES LOVES LOVES this activity! She did it over and over.  After a while I held up 4 (and 2 and 3, etc) snowflake sticks and asked her how many there were. She was correct each time!

This had huge appeal for ED and she spent days enjoying these activities!

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