Winter is a time of enjoying the snow, hot chocolate, sitting in front of the fire, etc. It’s also a time for being stuck inside with kids who don’t know how to burn off energy in non-destructive ways. I’ve found that games, even non-moving games, are the key to our sanity. Games for fun, games for learning, and everything in between.
Well the “week” of Winter has turned more into sporadic posts spread throughout 3 weeks. But here we are towards the end! The last winter post comes out tomorrow and then the Winter newsletter! The newsletter will feature Winter addition mats! Don’t miss the exclusive freebie – sign up for the awesome newsletter!
My kids are loving the printable games! Because they aren’t expensive to make, we can switch out themes often. They don’t get bored of the theme and they are still willing to play the games! I may or may not have about 50 games planned to practice different concepts…
The idea of this winter themed game is to build a snowman! Collect math cards and solve the puzzle on the back side. The final edition looks a bit different than the pictures. We tend to work out a lot of kinks while playing but sometimes the photographs don’t show the differences.
How to Set Up the Winter Math Game:
We do not laminate the games because we tend to recycle them often. But cardstock is necessary or the game pieces and the board just kind of fall apart. So print everything on cardstock.
Cut out the puzzle cards and place them with the math question up. There are 9 total pieces, 3 for each type of card. You must collect all 9 to complete the puzzle.
game can be played as a team where everyone works to solve one puzzle. Or competitively where everyone works to solve their own puzzle. I prefer the cooperative method.
How to Play the Winter Math Game
I featured doubles facts for this game simply because I wanted to narrow it down. There are multiplication and addition facts on each card. On the back is a puzzle and it is numbered to make it easier to place each piece.
This is the snowman you will try to build! Collect all 9 pieces and you’ll have a complete snowman!
There are 4 player pieces featuring kids dressed for building a snowman! To make the pieces just cut on the black line and tape the long pieces together. Your players should be able to stand up like this.
The spinner! Use a paperclip and pencil or pen to work the spinner. Just place the pencil through one end of the paperclip and flic the paperclip to spin. Whatever number the paperclip lands on is your move.
In the printable version, each space has a carrot nose, buttons, or scarf. The space you land on will tell you which card to pick up!