Use these colorful Christmas centers to help you put together your December math and literacy centers.
Print, laminate and cut out these Christmas centers. We have included a variety of resources so that you can find options that meet the needs of all of your students!
For those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas at school, just look below for our seasonal, non-Christmas themed Gingerbread set of centers.
You will find the link to download all of the free Christmas centers at the bottom of this post. Just look for the bold green words.
The following math Christmas centers are included:
Count the Presents & Candy Canes – Two pages where students simply count the number of items and write the correct numeral in the box.
Roll & Cover – This can be an independent activity or a partner game. Students roll a die and then use a chip to cover the correct number on the board. For partners, the first one to cover all the numbers is the winner. We have included a second version where students are asked to roll two dice instead of one.
Count & Write – These two pages use ten frames to helps students in their counting.
Fill in the Missing Number – Students use their counting skills to fill in the numbers between two others.
Number Matching – These matching cards contain numerals, number words, tally marks and pictures. They can be used for a simple matching game center or even a one-on-one assessment. Includes the numbers 1 – 10.
Complete the 100s Chart – There are four versions so students can choose the just-right version for them.
Skip Counting – Three sets of cards for students to practice counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. We have made sorting the cards easy by using a different background for each set. (We have included a wide range of numbers so that you can easily modify this center to fit your students.)
Christmas BUMP – Students need a partner and each needs 10 markers. Provide the pair with 2 dice and chips to play.
Letter/Sound Matching – There are three sets of cards in this collection – one with lower case letters, one with upper case letters and one with pictures of things that begin with those sounds. Again, you can use them at a center for matching game or have students work with you so that you can see their level of letter and sound mastery.
Follow the ABC Path – Students use a dry erase marker to color a path from A to Z. Includes an uppercase and lowercase version.
Fry Word Present Hunt – Students flip a coin and follow the Fry word path, moving forward when they can correctly read a sight word. Two versions of this game are included.
Fry Word Practice Cards – If your students are ready, you could use these cards for reading practice. Print two sets for a simple matching game, or use the present cards for a partner game. Shuffle all the cards and place them in a basket. Students pick a word, and if they can read it aloud then they get to keep the card. If they get a No peeking! card then they have to put back one of their cards or give one to the other player.
Roll & Read – Use the Fry cards for this game. Place three cards on the board. Students roll a die and read the word under the corresponding number. Once they have read the word they can replace it with another Fry card.
Roll & Write – This is the done the same way as Roll & Read except students use the recording sheet to practice reading AND writing the word that goes with the number they roll.
Write the Missing Letter – Students write in the beginning letter sound for each picture.
Fluency Sentences You can choose to laminate and cut the cards apart to put on a ring for fluency practice. Or, place in a stack and have students select a sentence. They then use the recording page to copy and then illustrate the sentence they choose.
Christmas Word Wall A Thanksgiving themed word wall that can be placed at a writing center along with the recording page. Students can choose words to help them write a sentence.
Write the Room Activity – Use the cards of the first page to write six words you want the students to practice. (We suggest you use a dry-erase or Vis-a-vis marker so that you can use the cards more than once if you like.) The second page is a recording sheet for students. They find the corresponding number in the room and move to that spot to copy and read whatever word is on the card. (You might think about clip boards for your students to use for this activity.) This is a great way to incorporate movement into your daily Word Work.
You can download the complete collection of Christmas centers here: Christmas Math & Literacy Centers.
Here are a few other Christmas and gingerbread themed activities:
We also have a complete unit on gingerbread stories over at The Curriculum Corner 123: Gingerbread Stories.