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
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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
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: