Kindergarten Math Centers and Activities. Plus a free file! Ideas to engage your students all year long. Printable activities to practice number sense, addition, subtraction, shapes, and more!
Kindergarten Math Centers : Why do i need math centers?
Why do we even do math centers? First of all… they are fun! The bonus is the learning and practice that takes place. We, as teachers, also need moments in the day when students work independently so we can work with small groups.
I used math stations as a way to reinforce skills and give my students a way to over-learn math concepts in a fun and engaging way. YES! It is academic, but the students don’t know they are learning. If we had to skip math stations for the day, my students complained. It was a highly motivating time of the day.
I had 10 “new” math centers each week. Students worked with a partner at their math station. Now… there is NO WAY I could have 10 new math stations a week that were TOTALLY different. I would have had the life sucked out of me and I would have had to spend the entire time explaining the stations. Therefore, a few years ago I created some highly predictable math center activities. I kept many of the activities the same but switched out the clip art to match our themes.
Let me show you 15 kindergarten math center activities that will engage your class all year. By keeping these tasks the same (but switching up the materials they are working with) you can truly help your students work independently. You won’t need to explain these activities over and over, because they will already know them! Easy!
Kindergarten Math Centers #1: Roll and Color
We start this math center early in the year by using a simple die. Then as the year progresses we add an addition or subtraction twist to it! Because the theme is always changing, my class always gets excited when they see this activity in the math center tub.
Kindergarten Math Centers #2: BUMP Games
This is a class favorite. Once they learn how to play (in early September) we are ready to rock those math skills! I like to introduce these BUMP games as a whole group activity. I divide the class into teams and we have a quick game of BUMP. After a few days of playing this math center, my students are eager to see it in a math center tub. We use it for practicing SO MANY math skills… subitizing, addition, and composing/decomposing teen numbers, and even colors!
Kindergarten Math Centers #3: Roll and Trace Games
Again… we start with a single die, then move up to adding 3 dice together! TIP: Print and laminate the pages and add a dry erase marker to the center tub! You can save paper and kids loves using dry-erase markers!
Kindergarten Math Centers #4: Sorting Cards
Students put these cards in numerical order. At the beginning of the year, we start with numbers within 6, then move up to 20! TIP: Using frosting tubs help keep the cards together and students do not have to spend time getting the cards ready to play.
Kindergarten Math Centers #5: Comparing Numbers
The set of cards you use for sorting can also be used for comparing numbers! A great way to easily differentiate for your students.
Kindergarten Math Centers #6: Measurement
In this math center activity, students practice measuring, counting, and recording the lengths of thematic images.
Kindergarten Math Centers #7: Data
Students spin the spinner and record the data in this math center! Simple… FUN!
Kindergarten Math Centers #8: Skip Counting
This activity is called coin collector. We start working with pennies, then work our way up to nickels and dimes!
Kindergarten Math Centers #9: Dough Center
Lots of different skills are practiced at this center! You can start these kindergarten dough math center activities very early in the year with working with shapes and numbers 1 to 5. Then we build upon that! You can read more about this center and find a few dough recipes in my blog post: Playdough Recipe Roundup.
Kindergarten Math Center #10: Puzzles
Puzzles are so easy to add to stations or centers because students already know how to work with puzzles. I organize the puzzles into binders which helps to keep things from becoming a nightmare fast. These kindergarten math center activities are well-loved and they are easy to differentiate! You can read more about how I have them organized in this blog post: Centers Organizing Classroom Puzzles
Kindergarten Math Centers #11: Math Fluency Games
Again, once students know how to play this math fluency game, they beg to play it again and again. We start with simple subitizing type cards and move up to addition and subtraction as the year continues. This is a game where students of different ability levels can play at the same time together. You simply offer two different stacks of cards.
Kindergarten Math Centers #12: Roll, Say, Keep!
My students play this game for letters and sounds… why not add a math version! These Roll, Say, Keep games are a hit!
Kindergarten Math Centers #13: Domino Games
Students practice various math skills with these domino games! Shapes, number identification, addition, subtraction… the list goes on!
Kindergarten Math Centers #14: Math Stamping
Students have fun practicing beginning number operations, addition and subtraction, and making 10! Plus, this math stamping center is editable. When the your sweeties are ready, you can make your own addition, subtraction, and mixed operation pages. Score!
Kindergarten Math Centers #15: Hidden Picture Boom Decks
All of the above centers are printable, but I had to throw in one digital option! You know kindergarteners loves using devices… so add some technology to your kindergarten math centers. These Hidden Picture Boom Cards are super predicable and tons of fun!
There you have it! 15 kindergarten math center activities that will keep your kiddos happy (and you sane)!
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