Learning Math With A Snowman Friend
Sam the Solution Snowman is a fun way for your students/child to enjoy learning to count, sequence, match numbers with number words, as well as do simple addition and subtraction.
Run off the templates on construction paper.
Students cut out their snowman and hat.
Students color their snowman’s face and glue on their hat.
To expedite things, you might want to have the arm pieces pre-cut and hole-punched.
Hole punch 6 holes in the middle of the snowman and 6 holes in the bottom of the snowman.
You’ll have to fold one side to get the hole punch to the middle.
Fasten the arms to each other using brass brads and then attach them to the snowman with 2 more brads.
Position the arms so they look like they are holding a snowflake.
Cut a 1 x 12 inch strip of black and white construction paper.
Lay the white strip on top of the black strip and paperclip them together in the middle.
Pull the white strip down a bit so that you can tape the black strip to the back of the snowman’s head.
Students roll two dice; count the dots to see how many buttons they will reveal on the snowman by pulling the white strip down so that the buttons appear black.
They then find that numbered snowflake and position it in the snowman’s hands.
Students flip the red hat sash to reveal the number word that matches the number on the snowflake.
If you want to make this an addition or subtraction activity, have students roll the dice.
The largest number will reveal the top buttons; the smaller number on the dice will reveal the bottom buttons on the snowman.
In order to do addition/subtraction, you will need a black rectangle “side cover”.
You reveal the bottom buttons by this extra black side strip.
Fold it in half horizontally to reveal buttonholes 1-4. Keep it open to reveal number > 4.
Have students write their equations on a sheet of scratch paper.
You can eliminate the number-word sash for younger children as well as the side-cover for addition/subtraction, keeping the snowman simple.
If you want to make a class set to use every year, laminate your snowman parts and then assemble them.
If you’re only doing a few for a center or making one with your child, you may want to use Velcro on the snowflakes and put the opposite Velcro piece on the snowman’s tummy.
The snowflake squares make the perfect pages for a cute Itty Bitty Booklet, so I made a cover for them. This is a great way to practice sequencing!
I've also included 6 snowflake "What Comes Next?" skill sheets with this activity and a blank one for you to fill in for numbers/letters that you want to work on, + a certificate of praise.
Your students are sure to have "snow" much fun learning with Sam the Solution Snowman.
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