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Do you need a winter warm-up? Combine math and fine motor skills for an engaging hands-on experience with this printable winter math activity for preschool.

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

### Explore Preschool Math with This Winter Math Activity

The Cocoa Cats 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 dots to 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 Cocoa Cats 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 Cocoa Math Mat. The easiest manipulative to use is playdough. Playdough is versatile, fun and makes a chore more like play. It also boosts fine motor skills.

Another manipulative that builds fine motor strength is pompoms. Your student can use tweezers to place the correct number of pompoms (dots) on the mug of cocoa.

### How to Get Started with the Winter Math Activity for Preschool

The printable Cocoa Cats Math Mat is easy to use.

1. Print the Cocoa Cats 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.