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
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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: