Get ready to indulge in some snowy fun with our FREE “Feed the Reindeer” math games! During these winter centers, students will enhance their fine motor skills and number sense by using pom poms and tweezers to carefully feed the reindeer. Not only do these reindeer activities serve as captivating winter fine motor activities, they also make the ideal addition to your Christmas centers. Let your little reindeer immerse themselves in a blizzard of learning, as they practice 1:1 counting, subitizing, adding, and making 10, with these differentiated reindeer math games!
Feed the Reindeer Math Games Prep
No brown paper cups? No problem! You can use a plastic water bottle instead!
Feed the Reindeer Math Games
To practice 1:1 counting, the students will “feed the reindeer” with the correct number of peppermint candies. Make sure to grab these “Feed the Reindeer” task cards available for download at the end of this post!
First, they will select a card and use their subitizing skills to determine how many pom poms to feed the reindeer.
Then, they will use tweezers as they count the pom poms and “feed the reindeer.”
To begin, students will roll the dice. The first die will represent one addend and the second die will represent the other other addend.
Next, the students will “feed the reindeer” with the pom poms and record the number sentence on this FREE response sheet.
If you’re looking for an added challenge, use dice that have numerals on them instead of dots. This way, the students will need to use the pom poms to model the problem, rather than counting the dots on the dice.
Find the Missing Addend
This game is great for identifying the missing addend for 10 and providing more of a challenge for students.
To play, the students will need two different colored pom poms, as well as the FREE reindeer task cards and making 10 response sheet which can be found at the bottom of this post.
First, they will select a reindeer card from the task card stack and add the corresponding number of pom poms to their cup.
Subsequently, the students must count on to determine the missing addend required to reach a total of 10.
Race to 20
To play this game, the students take turns rolling the die and adding that many pom poms to their reindeer cup using tweezers.
Whichever student feeds their reindeer with 20 pom poms first wins!
You can also have students use a +/- die so they can work on both adding and subtracting within 20 for an additional challenge.
More Reindeer Activities
If you are looking for more ways to incorporate reindeer into your winter lesson plans, this reindeer shape book is for you!
Easily integrate science, math, literacy and social studies into your nonfiction reindeer research, with these 15 interactive reindeer activities and adorable reindeer craft!
Students will learn about the:
- life cycle of a reindeer
- parts of a reindeer
- diet of a reindeer
- names of a reindeer
- location and habitat of a reindeer
- antlers and more!
See these reindeer activities in action by heading to the full blog post!
More Winter Activities
For more fine motor practice, add these December fine motor morning tubs to your daily routine!
Find our favorite classroom Christmas party activities with a winter theme here!
Discover who stole the gingerbread cookie, as you review math and literacy skills, with these gingerbread man centers!
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