Tackle tricky teens with a batch of festive holiday puzzles!
Then make sure to hop over and snag our Christmas STEM challenges for even more holiday fun.
To prep the activity, I printed the cards on cardstock and laminated them for extra durability.
Then I cut along the lines to separate the puzzle pieces.
Since I was using the activity as a way to review teen numbers, I chose only a few numbers puzzles and placed the rest in a zip lock bag for easy storage.
(As students’ confidence builds, I can add more numbers or swap out the puzzles to continue challenging them.)
Teen Number Puzzles
To start, I introduced the puzzles during our small group rotation time so I could more easily check students’ understanding.
We’ve been working with teen numbers, but I wanted to work with some students who still needed a little bit of review and consolidation with the concept.
Before they started, I reminded children about ‘trusting the count’ – we don’t have to count the base ten each time we get one of those pieces.
We practiced our counting on strategy from ten. Then I showed them the Santa and reindeer pieces and asked if they could use ‘trust the count’ with these pieces as well.
It was a great way for them to practice the strategy and grow confidence!
Together. we looked at what the finished puzzle would look like so we knew that we were looking for the number, word, number of objects and base ten and ones.
The children loved working through the puzzles as a group so much that they begged to try more numbers!
One student even noticed that the even numbers were Santa and the odd numbers were Rudolph.
The activity was a great addition to math rotations and morning tub activities and will be a great practice for my students all through the holiday season!
Grab Your Download
Scroll below and click the blue download button to grab your counting freebie and then make sure to jump over and grab our Christmas centers for even more holiday fun!