Believe it or not, Easter is an ideal holiday for practicing math skills! Think of all the counting that takes place when deciding who found the most eggs on the egg hunt, or marking the minutes needed for dipping eggs into dye, or even finding out how many pieces of candy are in your Easter basket. The eleven colorful Easter math worksheets can add to the holiday fun with pictures of spring and Easter. Your child will have the opportunity to practice counting, reading pictographs and bar graphs, creating patterns, sorting and classifying, identifying ordinal numbers and adding. Often spring vacation occurs around Easter, so take advantage of some extra time with your little one to hone important math skills.
When introducing the three counting worksheets, encourage your child to point to each picture as she counts it. On the first sheet, it may be helpful to cross out each picture as it is counted to encourage one-to-one correspondence and counting accuracy. On the pages with eggs to count, ask your child to place the required number of eggs in each box and recount before pasting the pictures on the page.
Graphs can be fun to create. Begin with the pictograph pages, since pasting the pictures in each category makes counting the amount in each column easier. As with all cutting worksheets, if your child struggles to cut accurately, cut out the pictures for her. The bar graph pages are a bit more challenging, as your child will have to mark off a picture and place an X in the appropriate column to represent that picture. There are also sentences to be completed with the words more, less and equal to.
The patterns worksheet provides the pictures that fill in the blanks. Of course, there are two extra pictures to increase the difficulty of the page. Ask your child to “read” the pattern by naming the picture as she points to it and moves across the row from left to right. If the answer does not come to your child immediately, ask her to make a good guess and then place that picture in the empty box. Again, ask your child to “read” the pattern to check her guess. Often, seeing an incorrect picture in the empty box can help your child identify and correct her mistake.
The pictures at the bottom of the classifying worksheet can be sorted in several ways. It may be fun to challenge your child by making a second copy of this worksheet and asking her to rename the categories as she sorts the pictures again. As your child approaches the worksheet, ask her to identify the attribute that each box represents. For instance, the wrapped candy bunny may represent things to eat or bunnies. The flowers may represent flowers or things that grow. Once your child names each box, ask her to tell you why the pictures she chooses belong in that box.
On the ordinal numbers page, ask your child to point to each picture in the row and move from left to right as she says the words “first, second, third.” Then read the sentence above each row of pictures and ask your child to follow your directions.
The addition page offers counting and writing practice. As your child counts the amount in each box, ask her to write the number under the box. After both numbers have been written, ask your child to count all of the pictures in the row and write the total number in the blank box. If your child needs some help forming the numbers correctly, you may want to write the numbers on a piece of paper that can sit on the table and serve as a sample to copy. Also remind your child to add the + and = signs to her written number sentence.
Once your child has completed the worksheets, look at the “Tips for Parents” section at the bottom of each page. These activities can add some more learning fun to your Easter holiday. I hope your enjoy your holiday with your little ones, additional family, and friends.