Elf Counting Mats for Christmas Math Fun

Sometimes I like to pretend I’m a kid again.  It helps relieve stress to just pretend like I have no responsibilities.  I often picture myself as Will Ferrel in Elf.  Because he was the epitome of an adult who never grew up.  Actually, when my husband calls I often answer “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”.

And when my kids are feeling embarrassed in the store, I say “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” as they beg me to not start singing.

Christmas elves just remind me of being a kid!  So of course I wanted some elf counting mats!

 

Counting and simple addition are more fun with 10 frame counting mats! Even better - elf counting mats! Work on numbers 1-10 and addition to 10 with these free printables!

This is day two of our 12 Days of Christmas printables!  This week is all Math printables and next week is all language arts!  Don’t miss all the great printables by signing up for the once a week newsletter!

 

Counting and simple addition are more fun with 10 frame counting mats! Even better - elf counting mats! Work on numbers 1-10 and addition to 10 with these free printables!

 

How to Set Up the Elf Counting Mats

Supplies:

Laminator
Cardstock
Glass Gems

 

I almost always laminate my counting mats.  They just tend to take a beating.  Cardstock is okay but laminating is best, in my experience (both is superior to one or the other and I recommend that if you’ll use them a lot or keep them for next year).

I laminate and cut out the little presents, too.  They tend to get played with on the side as well.

Counting and simple addition are more fun with 10 frame counting mats! Even better - elf counting mats! Work on numbers 1-10 and addition to 10 with these free printables!

 

 

How to Use the Elf Counting Mats

We’re not really using them for counting any more but instead of simple addition.  Sometimes I use two differently colored gems to illustrate the many ways to add to a certain number.  The white space can be used to record how many ways to add up to that number.  0+4, 1+3, 2+2, 3+1, 4+0

Counting and simple addition are more fun with 10 frame counting mats! Even better - elf counting mats! Work on numbers 1-10 and addition to 10 with these free printables!

The printable presents have numbers on them.  I like having two separate ways to count up!

Counting and simple addition are more fun with 10 frame counting mats! Even better - elf counting mats! Work on numbers 1-10 and addition to 10 with these free printables!

 

The 10 frame is great for subitizing and memorizing what a number looks like when it’s grouped together.  Plus, I love getting them used to 10 frames early so they are familiar when we use them for higher math.

Counting and simple addition are more fun with 10 frame counting mats! Even better - elf counting mats! Work on numbers 1-10 and addition to 10 with these free printables!

Go Here to Download the Elfish Counting Mats

 

Counting and simple addition are more fun with 10 frame counting mats! Even better - elf counting mats! Work on numbers 1-10 and addition to 10 with these free printables!

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