Creating opportunities for your learners to explore numbers is so important. The majority of learners are most successful when they are able to manipulate objects when being taught a new math skill. These gingerbread mats are the perfect way to help your learners compose the number five.
Composing numbers up to 5 is an important foundational skill in early learning. When learners are able to see how numbers can be represented in different ways they are better capable of developing a strong number sense.
To teach this, we start with the gingerbread composing number mats that have the colored peppermints included. The learners count or subitize the peppermints and either write or use the number cards to make the equation. They may then record the equation on the printable.
Another way we practice composing the number five is using the black and white mat and allowing the learners to create their own equation. They can use the peppermints to create two addends and record the equation by writing the numbers or using the number cards.
Both of these activities are a great way to build a foundation is composing and decomposing numbers. Place value, addition, subtraction and all number sense activities will be easier for the learners to understand.
You can download this activity to use with your learners for free by clicking the image on the bottom of this post. Find this activity for the number ten in my December Literacy and Math Centers resources along with other resources for your learners.
Find more engaging gingerbread activities for your kiddos below! Enjoy!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Gingerbread Math – Making Five // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Gingerbread Pattern Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Science Christmas Ornaments: Long Lasting Gingerbread Ornaments // Schooling a Monkey
Initial Sound Gingerbread Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Decorate a Gingerbread Man Art Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Gingerbread Addition Mats // The Kindergarten Connection
Gingerbread Coverall Games // Recipe for Teaching
Gingerbread Man Counting Cards // Sara J Creations
Gingerbread Pre-Writing Strips // Letters of Literacy
Gingerbread Clip Cards // Fun With Mama
Gingerbread 2D Shape Match and Count // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Gingerbread Story Sequencing // DIY Farm Wife
Gingerbread Play Dough// Play and Learn Everyday
Gingerbread House Building STEM // Science Kiddo
Gingerbread Ten Frame Counting Mats // Modern Preschool
Gingerbread Man Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Gingerbread Man Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato
Gingerbread Man Stamping // Simple Play Ideas
Gingerbread Number Line Addition to 12 // Fairy Poppins
Gingerbread Man Addition Cork Board Game // Adventures of Adam