Hands-On Christmas Themed Addition & Subtraction Mats

There are always kids who just don’t do well with flashcards. No matter how many times we drill them on the same cards they just don’t get it. Hands-on mats are an excellent way to get them learning their math facts.

I just love these mats because they show the ten frame that will be used in a lot of school systems. Plus they give kids different ways to do their addition and subtraction.

These free Christmas Themed Addition & Subtractions mats are perfect for those kids that need hands-on activities to review math facts.

Free Hands-On Christmas Themed Addition & Subtraction Mats - 10 frames and adding from 1 to 20 - 3Dinosaurs.com

I will admit that none of my girls have learned things the same way. It is one of the reasons I have a broad range of activities on my site.

My youngest just loves these hands-on mats. She likes to use different items in the ten frame, and then build the final number on the picture part.

Here is a look at how I set up the mat for her to use.

Free Hands-On Christmas Themed Addition & Subtraction Mats - 10 frames and adding from 1 to 20 - 3Dinosaurs.com

I have some pom poms for the Christmas tree and we found these cute Christmas tree erasers at Target. I have also used glass gems or unifix cubes for the ten frames.

I put the page in a sheet protectors when I’m low on laminating pouches. I have addition on one side and subtraction on the other side. This allows me to switch between the two and easy to store that way as well. I use dry erase markers on the numbers, but you have the option of cutting out the numbers in the set as well.

Free Hands-On Christmas Themed Addition & Subtraction Mats - 10 frames and adding from 1 to 20 - 3Dinosaurs.com

There is a fun gift spinner with the set. You use a paperclip and pencil to make the spinner. This gives kids something fun when using the mats.

When we use this on the subtraction mat, we use the bigger of the two numbers of our spins for the first number in our equation. I make sure they understand which number spun is larger.

But if you want to change it up you can always use dice instead. Kids love changes in learning.

Free Hands-On Christmas Themed Addition & Subtraction Mats - 10 frames and adding from 1 to 20 - 3Dinosaurs.com

What you will find in these printables:

  • Addition Math with 10 Frames
  • Subtraction Math with 10 Frames
  • 1 to 10 gift spinner to use with mats
  • 20 ormanets to use with these mats
  • 2 sets of numbers 1 through 20
Free Hands-On Christmas Themed Addition & Subtraction Mats - 10 frames and adding from 1 to 20 - 3Dinosaurs.com


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Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com

About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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2 Responses to Hands-On Christmas Themed Addition & Subtraction Mats

  1. Jamie says:

    Hi Cassie, when I click on the link for to download the Christmas Addition and Subtraction Mats it brings me to the PDF for the Christmas Math Fact Families: Addition and Subtraction PDF…am I clicking on the wrong link? What am I missing? 🙂 Thank you for your help! I love the mats and games you make!

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