Kindergarten math centers are a great way to improve your students’ math skills. Check out these printable math stations! Addition, subtraction, composing and decomposing numbers, measurement, and more!
Your kindergarten students will love these math centers all year long!
Kindergarten Math Centers
Here is one of the math games that can grow over time with your little learners. At the beginning of the year, we start by using one die. With a single die, students are working on subitizing skills, fine motor skills, and number recognition. Then, as the year progresses, we use two dice and now students are working on addition skills. You can laminate this recording sheet if you wish, and students can use a dry-erase marker to save on printing costs.
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.
This student is working on counting with one-to-one correspondence.
Center Management System
I had “new” 10 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 was 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 station activities. These math tubs essentially were the same activities but switched out the clip art to match our themes.
You can read more about how I managed these different kindergarten activities by reading:
Kindergarten Math activities
Here are few of the different activities my students worked on in a typical week.
Kindergarten Measurement Center
During our math block, we teach students how to measure. This is part of our whole group lesson activities. Once we have discussed and practiced measurement together, then students can practice measurement in a variety of ways during center time. We don’t want students to encounter a math skill for the first time in during math centers.
In this math activity, students will measure the image, then find the matching picture on their response page and record their measurement. As I said before, students will find these math center activities again and again throughout the school year.
We change the themes throughout the year, so this math center activity never gets old!
As the year progressed so did the level of difficulty. The result? My students’ number sense soared and I was able to meet with my small groups.
Number Sense Math Centers
Guided math was part of my daily schedule, so having students engaged in independent work was so important. These activity cards allow students to work on many math skills with different hands-on activities.
Important Math Skills
- numeral recognition
- tally marks
- number words
- ten frames
Use the Same Math Cards in Different Ways
- sorting numbers
- compare more and less
- math memory game
- math Go Fish
- one additional math center game activity
You can see in the image above, students are comparing the math cards. They can also play a game with the spinner. Think of the old fashion card game, “war.”
Once the week’s theme was over, I would put some of these “paperless” activities in our early finisher tubs… AKA Dessert Tubs. These different center activities worked perfectly! You can read more about dessert tubs by clicking HERE.
This game mat is called Bump! Students love this fun game. As you can see, students are working on composing and decomposing teen numbers. We are using math manipulatives as a game piece.
Kindergarten Math Center Roll and Color
Kindergarten students start this year by rolling a die and coloring the picture. However, as the year progresses, we get FANCY!
We change the pocket dice and students add or subtract. Then color the page accordingly. Coloring is not only fun it also is great fine motor practice. Students are building the same handwriting muscles!
Kindergarten Math Center Graphs and Data
This is another fun activity that we include in many of my math work station units.
Students spin the spinner and collect data. Then they complete the graph and compare the information they collected. Such a fun activity!
These pocket dice are one of my favorite center materials. You can find them on Amazon (affiliate link.)
Ten Frame Math Center Fun
Any opportunity to turn an activity into a game… I’m all there for it! This ten frame game is all about strengthening our number sense. We start the year off by using a five frame. Then we graduate to a ten frame.
Offering both versions to students allows you to provide activities that meet your individual student needs.
Teachers love that these math centers are predictable and you don’t have to teach the math center each week! In the math station bundle, you get 21 different themes! That is over 160 math centers!
You can also purchase this mega bundle on TPT. Check it out here:
Are you looking for more math center ideas?
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Where do you get the spinners? Theyt look so much better and easier than paperclips.
I order a bunch at the beginning of the year from Amazon. Email me if you need a link! [email protected]gmail.com
Love seeing your planners! Thanks for the math tips – I agree that routine and predictability is KEY to successful centers! Have a great weekend, Jen
I still can't figure out why my squares for the pocket dice are so much smaller?! I love all your math stations and own them all (before you bundled them…bummer!) My kids love that they know how to play them and math stations are their favorite!
Carrie, My dice are 4". When you print, you may want to check "Print as Image" and see if that helps.
I will give that a try. Thank you!
Hi! I was wondering if someday you could do a post on what it is that you do with your small groups during math stations?? My kids do a great job of working quietly and independently, but… I have no idea what to REALLY do with my groups that is useful and effective! I want to take advantage of that time but don't really know where to start. Thanks!
Same as the above commenter. 🙂