For children, Christmas is a time of happiness and joy. It is a time of commemoration and enjoyment, and usually, every holiday leading up to Christmas and then after is supposed to be an enjoyable one (which it usually is!). The family gets together, the children are all together and all of the children rejoice! However, in all the festivities, most children tend to forget their mathematical lessons, and for parents, that’s not good at all. So, in order to preserve the spirit of Christmas while also making sure that children remain in touch with their mathematical knowledge, there are a number of Christmas based math activities that you can set out for your children. Here are a few basic Christmas based math activities that you can incorporate for your child’s daily learning:
Geometrical shapes form an extremely important part of a child’s basic understanding of math. Most children do not like solving geometry based questions at all; however what if you could give a Christmas spin on it? For instance, you could simply design a snowflake, and infuse a number of different shapes in to the snowflake, such as a triangle, squares, rectangles, diamonds, etc. Then, you can easily give a numerical value to the dimensions and ask your child to calculate the missing values. You could even start off with Christmas based coordinate geometry; asking children to calculate the values of different shapes, triangles, the length between two lines, etc. Christmas Geometry is a great way to incorporate shapes of Christmas and allowing your child to utilize their knowledge and understanding of coordinate geometry and putting it in to practice. You could even set up different shaped Christmas cards, and ask your child to calculate the values.
One of the most fundamental concepts of mathematics is multiplication and division, and one of the best ways to make your child clear their concepts and strengthen them is to utilize Christmas. For instance, here’s a simple problem: If Peter Elf gives 8 gifts to one child, how many gifts would 8 children receive? These are very basic questions. You can even remove the wordings from the questions, and instead use illustrations of Christmas ornaments and decorations in order to create questions for your children. Because these are shapes and ornaments that your child has already seen numerous times, it won’t be difficult for a child to be able to grasp the concept and then solve the problems. Plus, since its Christmas, it is unlikely that a child would approach the problems with the same apprehension as they would otherwise.
A cursory search on the internet will reveal to you the sheer number of different websites that are available which provide a host of different worksheets that deal with addition and subtraction of gifts and objects. Or, you could design your very own Christmas based addition and subtraction questions, giving your child a unique and personalized way of solving math based questions!