Christmas Tree Maths

Christmas Tree Maths

I’ve been thinking of ways to introduce the idea of number bonds and addition for Mr D and at the end of last week hit upon this Christmas tree maths game.

This Christmas tree maths game is a fun way to introduce number bonds and ideas of less and more for younger children as well as counting

To play our Christmas tree counting game you need:

  • Felt for the tree – I have a pack of different colours like these.
  • buttons/pompoms or something similar. I used these gemstones
  • basket or tray to lay the tree in. I have a couple of these plastic baskets that I like to use

Onto the felt draw a Christmas tree shape and cut round it. It needs to fit in the basket. I added a ‘pot’ for the tree too and a star.

I then counted out ten of the gemstones and asked Mr D to drop them into the basket. He then counted those that landed on the tree, and those that landed just in the basket. You can add more gemstones as the game progresses, or even add in pompoms or buttons and see whether more of these land on the tree than the gemstones.

Christmas tree maths for pre schoolers

We talked about whether the tree had more ‘baubles’ on it, or were there more baubles in the basket. This was good for Miss E who is beginning to be able to recognise more and less. In the instances where it was 6 on and 4 off we laid those out in a line and counted them and we could see much more easily whether more or less landed on the tree.

With Mr D I was able to introduce the idea that if seven had landed on the tree then three must have landed in the basket as 7 + 3 = 10.

christmas tree maths game for pre schoolers

This kept both the children entertained and is very easy to adapt to various themes. Some other Christmas ideas are:

  • Make a snowman and drop buttons onto him
  • Make a Santa and drop presents (made from coloured felt or sequins)
  • Make a winter scene and drop snowmen or robin sequins

I left our Christmas tree maths game out for the children and have seen them heading back to play with it a few times. I think it will be an idea that I’ll adapt to different topics over the coming months.




  1. 7th December 2016 / 09:42

    That’s a fab idea! Now I wish I have the time to do this before Christmas 🙂 Maybe next year 😉

  2. 7th December 2016 / 22:18

    I love how you are making Christmas fun and educational with the counting Christmas tree. What a fantastic idea!

  3. 7th December 2016 / 23:09

    This is a great idea. I actually have all the things needed to do this x

  4. 8th December 2016 / 09:17

    What a great idea to introduce maths and education into something fun like Christmas x

  5. 8th December 2016 / 09:30

    I love this. We are focusing on Maths at the moment and this is just perfect. 🙂 x

  6. BloggerMummyLauren
    8th December 2016 / 10:05

    Great idea, I don’t remember maths being this fun when I was a child. My kids would love this, might give it a go sometime this week.

    • 8th December 2016 / 20:23

      thank you. I think we are going to do a santa’s sack version with some presents x

  7. 8th December 2016 / 14:33

    What a clever idea, I will have o try something like this when my little ones are a little bigger xx

  8. 9th December 2016 / 14:45

    This is a great idea, very creative x

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