Editor's note: This post was originally published on December 8, 2015.
With Advent and the holiday season underway, think of filling those Advent calendars with something different than Hershey kisses, Legos or prizes. Consider creating a Math Advent Calendar to bring mathematics into your daily lives leading up to Christmas. This can be done in many different ways and for many different ages. Parents could create the calendars on their own or it could be a fun family activity.
What does a Math Advent Calendar look like?
- It can be homemade: use paper, poster board, printable
- Created online and printed out
- You can fill up an old advent calendar with math problems
- Advent paper chain: write problems on each strip and connect them in a chain
- Christmas wreath: attach problems labeled one to 25 around the wreath to pull off and solve
Here are some links with creative ideas/printables:
What math do you use in a Math Advent Calendar?
- Math Facts: each day can be a simple math facts —addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
- Word Problems: create winter or Christmas word problems to be solved at any grade level
- Multiple Choice/Select All: work on test-taking skills by solving either multiple choice or select all problems
- Math Vocabulary: work on math words by giving the definition and children need to find the math vocab word that matches
- Geometry: provide a picture or description of a geometric shape and children have to identify the shape
The options for this are unlimited!! Find problems online, in a workbook, in your child(rens) math book, etc. Enjoy your Math Advent Calendar and begin your math countdown to Christmas!