Monster Math Number Tower Actvities
This free printable is the perfect tool for your counting or addition math centers. Your preschool and kindergarten students will learn number sense and build fine motor skills while using linking cubes to build a tower to match the silly monsters.
The hands-on activity comes with several options. There are black and white and color versions for both printing options. There is a matching recording sheet for more advanced learners, and there are 2 versions of this number sense activity.
Math Counting & Addition Mats
In kindergarten, number sense is such a vital math skill to learn. It is the basis for most math lessons and creates a strong foundation for the following grades. This monster math activity is a fun way to develop this skill.
Number sense isn’t the only thing that will be covered in this activity! Students will also practice number recognition, counting, one-to-one correspondence, and addition skills. This is something you are going to want to write in your lesson plans.
Bonus! It is super easy to put together and won’t take too much of your prep time! Once you get the freebie, you will print the option you want. Then slide the sheets into a wipe and write pocket or laminate for durability. Then gather some linking cubes, and you are ready to implement this resource!
Setting Up the Monster Number Activity
- Monster Number Towers Activity (button to get the printable at the bottom of this post)
- 2 colors of linking cubes per student
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Print the game board and recording sheets.
- Slide into write and wipe pockets for durability. You can also laminate it.
- Gather the linking cubes.
- Store in a large bag or storage container for easy access.
Playing the Monster Counting Game
The first version shows a monster with a domino inside of it. The students will use one color to create a tower for the left side of the domino and another color for the right side of the domino. Then, they will combine the two towers to make one cube tower. Next, they will record the addition sentence they created.
For example, the domino shows a 2 and a 5. They will make a tower with 2 greens and a tower with 5 purples. Then they will combine the tower to make one pumpkin tower. They will, then, write the addition sentence 2+5=7.
The second version is similar but more complex by having them problem solve a little more. The monster shows a number, and the students will design a tower using 2 colors of cubes that add up to that number. Then, they will write an addition sentence to match the tower that they built.
For example, the monster has a 2 on it. The student would create a tower with 2 colors (1 green and 1 purple). Then, they would write the addition sentence to match (1+1=2).
More Ideas for the Number Towers Activity
The activity includes 2 versions to play for easy differentiation! These game boards could be used for a small group, math center, a whole class activity, an after-school tutoring group, and so much more.
If your students aren’t ready to make addition sentences yet, you could use the monster board with just numbers and have them make towers with one color to just practice counting and one-to-one correspondence. They could put the towers in numerical order from least to greatest to make the game a little more challenging.
They could also use different manipulatives like mini erasers, pom poms, or plastic monsters. Students could also use gummy candies and toothpicks to create monster towers. This would add to a Halloween stem challenge. Candy corns would make a fun manipulative as well!
Early finishers would love to work together with a partner to build a tower for every monster. This could be completed quietly once they have finished their main math lesson.
For students that excel at math, there is a recording sheet added in. The students would write their addition sentences that match the towers they built for each monster. You could slide these into a wipe and write pocket and use dry eraser markers or use paper and pencil.
Get these free monster math number mats below and watch your students increase their math skills’ understanding and enjoy doing it! These mats are the perfect tool to help all the different levels in your classroom, incorporate a fun Halloween theme, and require little time from your busy schedule to create!
Click the button below to get the monster math number towers activity. Happy learning!