Make a Christmas Addition Tree Activity

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Updated on Jun 20, 2013

Make a festive tree that also encourages your child to practice her recall of addition facts. This holiday project makes learning fun through the magic of art! The Tree is a great way to keep math facts fresh in her mind during the holiday break or help a struggling student to improve during her time off. She'll get actively involved with learning math through making art first, with her personally decorated Christmas Addition Tree.

What You Need:

  • Cardboard (try reusing an old cereal or packing box)
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear drying, non-toxic glue
  • Markers or crayons
  • Sequins
  • Glitter

What You Do:

  1. Cut the cardboard into a large triangle, Christmas tree, shape.
  2. Place the cardboard shape on top of the green construction paper and trace. Cut the green triangle out.
  3. Decide how many addition problems to include. Cut a flap into the construction paper for each problem.
  4. Fold the flaps up and glue the remaining paper to the cardboard Christmas tree shape.
  5. Use a bright or dark marker to write addition problems (without the answer) onto the top of the flap. Pick each flap up, and write the answer on the underlying cardboard.
  6. Decorate the tree with glitter, sequins and glue!

Create other holiday trees for different math facts. Try a subtraction, multiplication, or division tree!

Erica Loop has an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

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