Hands on addition helps kinesthetic learners practice their math in effective ways! These winter addition mats are great for hands on learners!

We bought one of those little tubs of fake snow and my kids honestly think we will be able to build a snowman with it.  I hate to bring it out and disappoint them!  Snowmen are just so much fun, which is of course why a winter and snow themed addition mat will be so effective!

### How to Set Up the Winter Addition Mats

Set up for the addition mats is pretty simple, although a bit of cutting is necessary.  I laminate mine so we can use dry erase markers on them.  And I also laminate the snowflake counters so they’ll last longer.

Supplies:
Laminator
Glass Gems
Dry Erase Markers

Just laminate the mat and the counters, cut out the counters, and gather some glass gems!  Then you’re all set.

### How to Use the Winter Addition Mats

We use these multiple ways.  First, we still use them as counting mats.  There are two ten frames so you can count all the way up to 20.  I find these mats are great for higher counting.

For addition, we like to use 2 of 3 different colors of gems.  Having the colors helps to illustrate the equations.  We also use the snowflakes to count all the way up to whatever number!

We use these in conjunction with our regular math curriculum.  When working on addition, especially new facts, we pull an addition mat out to help us work through it!

You can also use these mats with dice.  Take two dice and practice making different equations!  You could even use three of the 6 sided dice since the ten frame goes up to 20.