How can you make math stations fun, effective, engaging and purposeful? Here are some of my favorite math station ideas for kindergarten that are intentional, purposeful and fun!
What is a “Math Station”?
As you know, educating little learners has morphed over the years. Research has shown that smaller groups and stations are a much better and more effective way to educate little learners. Math stations can be set up anywhere in your classroom. You can have the station activities change daily, weekly or monthly. You can have multiple activities that your students can choose, or you can have specific activities that you have chosen. Stations allow your students to explore and learn new concepts in a more interactive way.
Math Station Set-up
A math station can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. However, I have found that the more simplistic the center, the more likely rotating games and activities is possible. Start with a bin/tub with a lid. Label the bin so you and your students know exactly what it contains.
Now you can add and subtract (pun intended) activities as needed.
Having bin/tubs for your math station also makes for easy moving and rotating. Your students can go to the math station bin and choose the activity. They can then take to their own desk or stay at the table you have designated as the “math station”.
Check out post “Printable Labels For Classroom Organization” for more ideas and information.
Ideas for Math Stations
This activity is perfect for your math station. Not only can a student work on this activity independently, but partners or small groups can utilize this in a fun and meaningful way. Since the monthly themes are already in this bundle, you can change out without giving it much thought. Saves time and energy for you as the teacher!!!
How about a “counting jar” **FREEBIE** activity. This is a fun and interactive math station activity that your little learners will love. Change out the manipulatives seasonally for added fun.
Check out blog post “Counting Jars Activity + FREEBIE” for your **FREEBIE** recording sheet and details.
Test Tube Math
Need another **FREEBIE** fun yet purposeful activity for your math station? This test tube math is the perfect solution for sorting, counting and patterns. Honing your kindergarteners fine motor skills is the added bonus to this activity.
Check out “Test Tube Math” for your **FREEBIE** resource.
Not only are these activities seasonal, they are multi purposeful. Use for your literacy stations as well.
Here is an activity and game that is multi purposeful yet fun and meaningful. Use the recording sheets to practice and reinforce math concepts in your math station. Check out post “Tumbling Towers Jenga Games for the Classroom” for more ideas and uses for this activity.
Here is another fun and effective game for your math station.
Check out “Subtraction Bowling FREEBIE” for more information on this game.
I hope you can use some of my favorite math station ideas for kindergarten in your classroom. Make your math station fun, intentional and purposeful!!
Check out blog post “Math Ideas For The Kindergarten Classroom” for more ideas.