This Christmas tree counting game is a great way to work on counting, one to one correspondence and number identification. The clothespins also add fine motor practice.
This activity uses simple materials and comes together quickly. Children can even help make it while getting additional counting and fine motor practice. It’s a great busy activity to keep around for times when you need to occupy your child.
Setting Up the Christmas Math and Fine Motor Activity
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Green poster board or card stock
Christmas Tree Counting Activity
1. Cut out 10 triangles from the green poster board. I made a pattern from white cardstock and used that to trace out the triangles on the green poster board. This way all my triangles would be the same size.
2. Take out 10 clothespins and write a number 1-10 on each of them.
This is where you can get your child involved in the activity prep. Take out the dot stickers and have your child place 1 dot on the first triangle tree, 2 dots on the next tree, 3 dots on the next tree and so on until you get to 10 dots on the 10th tree. This is great counting practice and peeling and sticking the stickers is fine motor practice as well.
Now your child is ready to do the activity. They should pick up a Christmas tree, count the dots on it, find the matching clothespin and clip it to the tree like a stump.
This simple game can be stored in a gallon Ziploc bag or small container and then pulled out whenever you want your child to do a quick, independent activity.