We mentioned the gorgeous spring flowers we’ve been spotting outdoors in our recent spring tree art project. In this spring tree math game we’re building on that inspiration with hands-on math fun that is perfect for preschool and kindergarten. Along the way kids can practice counting, adding, or subtracting. Add in your favorite fine motor tools for some extra fine motor practice as well. This free printable spring tree math game is great with a preschool spring theme, a tree theme, or a seasons theme.
FIND EVEN MORE SPRING THEME ACTIVITIES IN OUR PRINTABLE SPRING LESSON PLANS.
- Free printable tree game mat (download below)
- Flower buds-You can use real flowers that have fallen from trees in your areas or trim the buds off of fake flowers to reuse again and again. Our have been repurposed for quite a few different learning activities!
- Number cube-Use the ones provided in your free printable or grab some dice of your own.
- Fine motor tools-We like to use these jumbo tweezers, but there are a lot of different options that will add in extra fine motor practice.
Ways to Play the Spring Tree Math Game
Watch the video below to see some of the ways we used our spring tree math game, or read the full tutorial below.
For kids who are learning to count roll one number cube (with dots or actual numbers). Then have them use one-to-one correspondence to add the matching number of flowers to the tree.
As kids add their flowers they can count each one and then count the final set. You can extend this activity in small group by discussing which has more or less, the group of flowers on the tree or the flowers left off the tree.
For kids who are beginning to explore with combining sets you can include two number cubes. Have kids roll one cube and add that many of one type or color of flower. Then roll another cube and add that many of another type or color of flower.
Once the child is finished discussed how many flowers are now on the tree in all. Also discuss which two numbers (the addeneds) were used to get that sum. These are big words for preschool and kindergarten, but starting to talk about them through activities like this can help kids understand them in a hands-on context.
Once kids are able to combine sets you can shift to taking away. Start by adding all of the flowers to the tree for this subtraction variation.
Then have kids roll the number cube and take away that many flowers. We like to place them at the bottom of the tree trunk like they have fallen to the ground.
Continue to roll, count, and remove until all of the flowers have been removed from the tree.
As a challenge at the end count all the flowers that fell from the tree.
This free printable spring tree math game includes the free tree game mat, one printable cube with sets of dots for 1-6, and one printable cube with numbers 1-6.
The complete spring theme lesson plan set includes printable cubes with sets for 7-12 if you’d like to practice larger numbers.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Editable Spring Sight Word Game // Letters of Literacy
Spring Color by Sight Word // Sara J Creations
Spring 5 Senses Mini Book // The Primary Post
Flowers CVC Word Building Freebie // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Spring Read-Write-Build Alphabet Mat // Fun-A-Day
Flower Roll and Cover Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
Roll and Graph Spring Math Activity // The Kindergarten Connection
Spring Letter Recognition Game // Stay at Home Educator
Spring Tree Fine Motor Math // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bird Life Cycle Puzzles // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Growing Beans in a Bag // Science Kiddo
Spring Patterning Activities // Fairy Poppins
Flower Color Matching // Teach Me Mommy
MORE SPRING FUN WITH PRINTABLE SPRING THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
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Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
MORE FUN WITH TREES
Visit out tree theme planning guide for my playful learning activities about trees.