Happy Spring Everyone! The flowers are blooming and everyone seems to have a smile on their face now that we can be outside in the beautiful weather. In springtime, I love decorating my classroom with brightly colored crafts the kids have completed. We do plenty of crafts to go with our writing activities but one of our favorites is our Math Flower Craft to practice fluency! Let me show you.
Ways to Add
There are so many ways to show our work when we are learning to add and subtract. These fun Math Flowers are a great tool to help students see all the different ways they can show a number. The six petals on the flower let students share the ways they know!
They can show the number in the center of the flower using the following ways:
- Number Word
- Ten Frame
- Tally Marks
- Addition Sentence
- Subtraction Sentence
- Place Value
Depending on where your little ones are, there is a template for numbers 1-10 and another for numbers 11-20. Typically kindergartners focus on numbers 1-10, but we all know some kids who need a little challenge. The second set of numbers is a great way to review numbers at the beginning of first grade as well!
How to Make the Flower Craft
To prepare this Math Flower Craft, copy the template you wish to use onto colored cardstock. If you prefer, you can print them onto blank paper and students can color the flowers themselves for an additional fine motor activity. Once the templates are printed, place them in your math centers or at your teacher table to work on.
Students will start by cutting out the parts of their flower. Once all of the pieces are cut out, they can glue them together to form their flower.
After the flower is put together, students will write their six ways to represent the number. You may have to help them go petal by petal so they don’t repeat the same thing. I like to give a few examples on the board for them to refer to as they work. We also like to do partner work and help one another out during group work times. Students that need a little extra help enjoy sitting at a table with an adult to work through the activity.
These make such a fantastic spring hallway display that pops! The kids like going back over the math facts they recorded and showing them to friends and family. They are practicing their math fluency without even realizing it.
Do the Flower Craft More Than Once
Since students are learning their math fluency with all numbers, you can assign each child a different number to complete OR you can start with 1 and do a new flower each day. This just depends on your class and what you know they need to practice their fluency. The flowers are a great way to review math facts later in the year too if you wish to bring them back after a few weeks!
If you’re looking for more spring crafts to complete this season, check out my Spring Crafts Bundle! It’s full of baby animals, rainbows, Earth Day activities and so much more.
Happy Spring and Happy Crafting!