Snowball Towers Math Activity
This snow ball-themed math activity is just what you need to get your students practicing their math skills. It would be great in a math center for counting, addition, number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and fine motor practice!
The winter-themed counting activity is so cute with the snowballs, but there is also a black and white version for another printing option.
Once you have the counting game, there are a couple of options for you to choose from. First, there are snowballs with pictures of dominos in them. The students will use two colors of linking cubes to count and match the domino.
The next option is a snow activity that shows one number. The student will use two colors of linking cubes to make a tower that equals that number.
The final option is a recording sheet for your students to write addition sentences to match the towers they created.
The activity for kids includes the numbers 1-10 and makes numbers and counting so much fun! Students will practice their counting skills and build fine motor skills in this fun activity with linking cubes.
Simple to Use and Prepare
The snowball towers set includes multiple color game boards, a recording sheet, and black and white game boards.
You will print the number-building activities out and slide them into a write and wipe pocket or laminate for durability; gather some linking cubes and pencils and begin playing!
No cutting, coloring, or gluing is required! From one print-out, your students will be practicing their number recognition, counting, one-to-one correspondence, and fine motor skills!
You might even be able to grade a couple of papers before your prep time is over with this no prep math activity!
Setting Up the Snowball Number Activity
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- Snowball Number Towers Math Activity (get it by clicking the button 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 Snowball Math Activity
The first version shows a snowball 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 blues and a tower with 5 whites. Then they will combine the tower to make one snowball 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 snowball 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 snowball has a 2 on it. The student would create a tower with 2 colors (1 blue and 1 white). Then, they would write the addition sentence to match (1+1=2).
More Ideas for the Number Towers Activity
Activities included are 2 versions to play for easy differentiation! These game boards could be used for a small group, math centers, 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 snowball board with just numbers and have them make towers with one color to just practice counting and one-to-one correspondence.
To make the game more fun, they could use playdough to create little snowballs to match each numbered snowball. Cotton balls would make a great manipulative for this idea, as well.
Students could also use different manipulatives like mini erasers, pom poms, or plastic snowflakes. They could also use gummy candies and toothpicks to create snowball towers. This would add in a winter stem challenge. They would love to build a snow fort for a snowball fight for even more stem ideas.
Early finishers would love to work together with a partner to build a tower for every snowball. This could be completed quietly once they have finished their main math lesson. If you have a student looking for more practice, they could transfer their addition sentence into a ten frame to take it even further.
As you can see, this snowball math activity will get your students counting and thinking this winter! It is great for shaking off the winter blues and having some extra fun in the classroom!
Click the button below to get the snowball numbers tower math activity. Happy winter!