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The holiday season is around the corner, and I’m in full swing of my holiday lesson planning! This time of year is by far my favorite in the classroom. It’s the perfect time to teach my little ones the various holidays celebrated by so many in our country. We are also in the middle of our 2D shapes unit and this reindeer shapes math center is the perfect time to add it to my lesson plans!

Easy to Prep

Three easy steps will have this math center in the hands of your students in no time! Print, laminate and cut is all you need to do to get this center ready for your classroom.

I have a huge supply of clothes pins in my classroom. My students complete clip cards often–almost weekly. I also use them in small groups. It’s a great way to quickly assess your learners without them saying anything. However, for this activity, I’m bringing out my holiday manipulatives. You can use holiday themed erasers or even this foam fillers that I grabbed from my house!

I place these cards along with the recording sheet in one of my math bins. We have a great system at this point in the year and my learners know exactly where to go and when!

Why Use this Activity

We start introducing shapes to our learners at an early age with drawing basic shapes. Next, we extend that learning to identifying shapes in the world around us. This activity takes a different spin! When I saw these adorable reindeer, I knew this would be a fun reindeer shapes activity!

I also love that this activity shows them that you can take a shape and turn it into anything! After they choose a shape on each card, they color and label each shape on the recording sheet.

You can grab this reindeer shapes math center for FREE by clicking the link below! You can also grab more easy to prep centers in my newly updated Christmas Thematic Unit!

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