Sometimes you may just want a little something new and different for your kindergarten centers. I’ve got a solution for you! My kindergarten addition activities write and wipe mats comes with more than just mats…as you’ll see below. You’ll also find vocabulary cards and worksheets, too! There are so many ways you can use the mats so be sure to scroll all the way to the end to see all the examples.
You can find these boards in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Just click on any image and you will be taken to this product.
This packet of activities focuses on the 21 addition problems from 0-5 per the kindergarten Common Core standard K.O.A.A.5: Fluently add and subtract within 5.
Of course you can always use the materials to practice larger addition facts.
So let’s get on to what is included in this set and how you can use the resources.
What’s Included in the Kindergarten Addition Activities Write and Wipe Mats Set
The Write and Wipe Mats
There are four types of mats included in this set.
The first mat has three large boxes as part of an addition sentence: Large box (addend) + large box (addend) = large box (sum). There are 8 of these, 4 with girls and 4 with boys.
The second mat is the same as the first one except that the equation is reversed: large box (sum) = large box (addend) + large box (addend). There are 8 of these, 4 with girls and 4 with boys.
The third mat has pictures depicting the equation with lines for kids to fill in the number of objects and the sum. There are 24 of these, 12 with boys and 12 with girls.
The fourth mat has small boxes above the lines for the addend and the sum. Kind of nifty, you might be saying, but also kind of odd. You’ll see how these can be used in a bit so be sure to keep scrolling!
There are 8 -12 mats per set, 36 mats total. I wanted to make a generous number for your center times so each child could have a unique mat of their own.
Below are examples of the 4 girls and 4 boys that you’ll find on these mats.
Print these center activity mats on white card stock. You will need to laminate them so you can write on them with a dry erase marker and wipe them off.
Addition Activities Cards
Each of the three sets of cards has one card for all 21 addition problems between 0 and 5. That means there’s 21 cards per set, 63 cards total. All of the cards can be used with all of the mats.
One set of cards says, “Write the problem 3 + 2 = 5.”, for example. These are complete sentences directing the child to write a math problem.
The second set just has an addend plus an addend. For example, “0 + 5”. Kids will need to find the sum.
Because there is no sum on these cards the problem can be written in a traditional manner (0 + 5 = 5) and in the backwards manner (5 = 0 + 5).
The third set of cards say, ” Show 0 + 2. What is the sum?”. These cards ask a question and hopefully kids can figure out the problem and verbally answer using the academic vocabulary words “sum” and “equals”. For example, “The sum of 0 + 2 equals 2.”.
Print these cards on white cards stock (as pictured above) or print them on different colored card stock so you can tell them apart.
Kindergarten Addition Worksheets
This set comes with 6 addition worksheets that closely resemble the addition mats.
There are 3 Count & Add worksheets with eight problems per page. These worksheets have all 21 addition problems between them, plus a few repeats.
There are two Addition Boxes worksheets. Each worksheet has boxes for eight addition problems. They are basically the eight addition mats on one page. One worksheet has the addition problems in the traditional way (addend + addend = sum) and the other worksheet has the problems the backwards way (sum = addend + addend).
There is one Draw and Add worksheet that mirrors the addition mats with the boxes above the lines for the addends and sum.
This set comes with 10 vocabulary cards consisting of academic vocabulary, symbols and addition sentences.
The vocabulary cards come in black and white and color. The color words are color coded to match the symbols and corresponding vocabulary words.
Addition Facts Chart
The Addition Facts Chart is a single page with the 21 addition problems for 0-5. This was created to just be a handy reference page, though you can hang it in your room or post it in one of your centers.
If you wanted you could make one for each of your kids and you could have them follow along, pointing to each addition sentence, while you all chorally recite them. It’s something to do in case you have a few minutes left at a center. Repetition and reinforcement!
Suggestions for How to Use the Kindergarten Addition Activities Resources
If you use the vocabulary cards, it’s always best to start out the lesson by discussing and familiarizing your kids with the words you’re going to use during that lesson. The most convenient place for the vocabulary cards in your pocket chart.
Addition Activity Write and Wipe Mats
This is where all the fun comes in! Grab your dry erase markers, erasers, and a variety of math counters and you will be on your way to some great learning fun. The mats were created to give kids hands-on, engaging experiences creating math problems.
Use the cards with the activity mats. It will give your kids direction for writing and creating the math problems.
Addition Mats with the Boxes at the Top
Let’s start with the addition mats with the boxes over the lines. Here’s just a few examples of how you can use these mats, with or without the cards.
Count with those small, flat round math counters.
Use bear counters or other counters. The small ones work best in these spaces.
Snap cubes can get involved, too. They don’t want to be left out!
Play dough balls are just the thing to keep kids busy for a while… all while learning math.
Who needs math counters? Try your hand at tally marks, hand drawn circles, squares, whatever.
Dice are a great addition to these activities because they don’t go any higher than six. However, add a few and you can make problems that go over the 0-5 number that this set was created for.
Now here’s a super-duper way to go. Rather than representing the problem with just one set of math counters, use two.
Addition Mats with the Big Boxes
Here’s a few suggestions for how to use the mats with the large boxes. First are the regular equations, then come the backward equations. All these suggestions work for both.
To start out with, just use your dry erase marker and the cards and write out equations. Plain and simple. Just like that! Be sure to have your kids repeat the addition sentence out loud.
Still using the dry erase markers, represent the problem with drawings. Use circles, squares, dots (as shown below), or whatever else whatever comes to mind.
Skip the dry erase marker. Represent the problems with math counters.
Or you can use dice. I happened to have one with the number words on it.
Use the dice to represent ones. Okay, the possibilities are nearly endless….
Addition Mats with the Objects
Here’s a few suggestions for how to use the addition mats with the objects.
Use your dry erase marker to write the problems presented by the objects. Simple and fun! Don’t forget to recite the addition sentence!
Use math counters to represent the problem and write the sum with your dry erase marker.
So here’s a cool idea bringing in the concept of colors. Match the problem with the same color counters. Don’t forget the say the addition sentence.
One last suggestion… if you happen to have math counters that match the picture, use those! I just got these dinosaur counters a week ago and happened to notice that they matched the dinosaurs on the pictures.
Kindergarten Addition Activities Worksheets
The worksheets are pretty self explanatory. You can use the cards with them and call out problems for the kids to write in the spaces on the worksheets.
You can also print the worksheets on card stock (white or colored) and use dry erase markers to write the addition sentences. Your kids can practice 8 problems at once instead of just a few.
For the Count & Add pages, simply write out the addition sentences. Again, don’t forget to say the addition sentences out loud!
Using the cards will come in real handy with the Addition Boxes pages.
For the Draw and Add pages, you can use the cards, too. They will be helpful. Below you can see that in the boxes tally marks and dots have been drawn to represent the addition problem.
Well, that about sums it up. I think I got carried away with all the ways can use these addition mats. Hope you have the opportunity to try them out yourself. I know you won’t be sorry!
Here’s the link to these Kindergarten Addition Activities in my Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s store.
As always, thanks for hanging in there all the way to the end of this post. I appreciate you! : )