## Kindergarten Math with Farm Themed Fingerprint Art

Making math concepts fun with hands-on learning is one of my favorite things to do with my kids.  This Farm themed math activity is one way I worked on a few math concepts with my Kindergarten kiddo.  He’s just started bringing home worksheets about counting items, adding a few more, and counting total number.  We made baby chick fingerprint art and used it to work on early addition math skills.  This was such a fun hands-on math activity, that my second grader (and preschooler) loved it too!

Be sure to read through our name practice for kindergarten as this activity supports development of many skills needed for handwriting and other fine motor tasks in the kindergarten age.

### Farm Themed Math Math Activity

That big red barn in our math activity was a leftover from our Big Red Barn craft from last year.  It made the perfect tool for our math activity today!  To make a barn of your own, follow the directions here. (It’s easy, I promise!)

Other than the red craft sticks in the barn craft, this activity is super simple to set up.  Grab some yellow finger paint, a black marker, and white paper.

### Baby Chick Fingerprint Art

Dip fingers into the yellow paint.  Create rows of yellow fingerprints.  Let the pain dry and then add details to the baby chicks.  Next, cut the rows of chicks into strips.

Now, get ready to practice some farm math!

I showed my kids how to pull the strips of paper through the barn door.  I told him things like, “Three baby chicks walked through the barn door.  Two more joined them.  How many are there in all?”

It was a fun counting activity to figure out beginning math sentences to put together numbers.
We made this activity work for my second grader by adding more strips of chicks to the barn so she could add up to 20.

Some of my favorite ways to work on hands on math:

## Spring Flower Kindergarten Math Craft

I am a second round Kindergarten mom.  My daughter went through Kindergarten and is now rocking second grade and my son is now plowing through his first school experience that involves desks and erasers.  (Oh to go back to those preschool rooms that lack desks and erasers!)

Related, check out our blog post on name writing in kindergarten for more age-appropriate fine motor fun.

As a second time Kindergarten mom, I know a little bit about what is coming next in the curriculum and how to make homework fun.  This Spring Flower activity was a fun way to introduce composing and decomposing numbers, and introduce addition with a flower theme.

## Spring Flower Kindergarten Addition and Subtraction Math Activity

We started out by making our flowers.  They are pretty simple to make.  You’ll need just a few materials:
Foam flower stickers (We received ours from www.craftprojectideas.com)
Green craft sticks
Green crafting foam
Glue

The foam flowers have a sticky back.  Simply peel the sticker back and place it on the top of a green craft stick.  Cut the foam craft sheet into small leaves.  Glue them onto the craft stick.

## Kindergarten Math with Hands-On Addition and Subtraction

To practice and introduce math skills in kindergarten, this hands-on math activity is great for little learners.  I showed my son how to count out a group of flowers.  We placed them together in a bunch.  I told my son, “Here are two flowers.  Three more grow.  How many are there all together?”

He was able to count out the total number of flowers.  I then asked him how he could take apart (or decompose) a certain number of flowers.  If he had 6 flowers in a bunch, he could “pick” three and be left with three.

This super easy math activity is a fun way to build so many math and pre-algebraic skills that are a base for many years to come

Here are some of my favorite ways to play our way through Kindergarten:

Do you have any fun ways to make Kindergarten math more fun with hands-on learning activities?  Tell me about them!