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Combine math and fine motor skills for an engaging hands-on experience with this printable Polar Bear Math Mat for preschool.

It’s a perfect addition to a polar animals theme for your winter lesson plans for your preschool and kindergarten students.

### Use the Polar Bear Math Mat to Explore Counting and Simple Addition

The Polar Bear Math Mat can be used to teach counting, and it can be used to teach simple addition.

If you want to explore counting with your student, use one dice. Student rolls the dice, counts the dots, and uses manipulatives to add the corresponding number of snowflakes to the snow globe on the math mat.

If you want to teach simple addition, your student will need two dice. Student rolls the dice and adds then numbers and then student places the corresponding number of manipulatives to the math mat.

### Benefits of Hands-on Learning

The Polar Bear Math Mat uses hands-on learning to teach counting and simple addition. As students roll the dice and add the manipulatives to the page, they are playing with math.

Hands-on learning is essential for preschool and kindergarten students.

• It allows students to use their senses to explore new concepts.
• It improves fine motor skills.
• It allows young learners to make mistakes and problem solve.
• It also engages multiple areas of their brains while creating new connections.

Your student can use a variety of manipulatives with this Polar Bear Math Mat; the options are endless!

You can use cotton balls, white pompoms, or mini-marshmallows (yum!) to create snow for the Polar Bear Math Mat. You could also choose to use plastic snowflakes (I found some at my local dollar store) or snowflake confetti.

Your student can also take small pieces of white playdough and roll them around to create tiny snowflakes for the mat.

### How to Get Started with the Math Mat for Preschool

The printable Polar Bear Math Mat is easy to use.

1. Print the Polar Bear Math Mat.
2. Laminate the mat, or put it in a Dry Erase Sleeve or page protector.
3. Gather dice and any manipulatives you need.
4. Show your student how to use the math mat.