Cube Grab and Record


This is a recording sheet using the idea from Kathy Richardson’s book.  You put 10 cubes in a small paper bag (or how ever many cubes your kids need to use).  They are in partners.  Each child takes a turn taking a handful out of the bag.  They record the number of cubes they grabbed on the graph.  

When we play this game on the 1st day, we only grab cubes–we do not record.  

Later in the year, each child will take a handful and they will add their two handfuls together and record that number.  

You could also do this for some subtraction-but you would have to make sure that your kids understood to subtract the smaller number from the bigger one. 



———————————————————————————–Graph of the Day Questions

I really, really need to be better at graphing more with my Kinder kids-I have the best intentions and then time just gets away from me.  I made a flannel graphing area about 8 years ago and need to use it more.

I purchased 3 yards of felt in light blue from Wal-Mart and sewed up the sides with some of that silky feeling blanket binding from Joanns.  I then free-handed 20 boxes up and 6 boxes wide to make a graph.  I drew numbers up the left side so we didn’t have to count each time.  I ask my kids a question and they respond using small paper cutouts that I’ve laminated and put the “hook” side of the velro on to.  They stick really well to the felt and stay that way until moved.

So here are some questions I’ve asked them…

What is your favorite color?

What color are your eyes?

How many teeth have you lost?

How old are  you?

How many brothers and sisters do you have?

How many people live at your house?

How many letters are in your name?

What is your favorite season?

What is your favorite weather?

Do you like the snow?

Have you ever thrown a snowball?

Have you ever made a snowman/snow angel?

Do you think the groundhog will see it’s shadow?

Did you return your library book?

Did you wear sneakers for gym?

Do you like frogs?

Do you like chicks?

Do you like butterflies?

Did you bring your lunch?

Do you have any pets?

What kind of pet do you have or would you like to have?

What is your favorite color apple?

Which is your favorite pumpkin? (Jack-o-happy, sad, mad, silly)

How far around is the pumpkin?

How many steps to___?

How old is our principal?

What is __+__?

What’s the missing letter?

~*~Part of what we will do with these questions this year is to have them typed on paper and each Monday, the Kinder Kids will poll their peers and find out an answer.  We will then have a class vote, talk about the results, and write about them.  I will then post the graph in a pocket chart in the hallway with our writing for everyone to see.


Here are some sorting sheets to use for Math/numbers.  I made these after reading Debbie Diller’s Literacy Work Stations book and making some for the ABC station, I thought they could be used for math as well.  Check out the home page for the literacy versions of these:


Kristen 😉


This is a template I made to have fun with addition during our “Bugs” theme.  We read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and I introduce telling time.  Look under the “Lang.” tab for the download of pictures you can use for sequencing the creatures in the book.

To use this template, I print it on a transparency and use it on the over head projector.  Using a Vis-a_Vis marker, you can make spots on the ladybug. The students help you write a math sentence to go with it.  Each side of the wing is one number in the equation.  Foe example, 2 spots+3 spots=5 spots. .



A sorting lesson…



Some excellent Math related websites…




Roll and Record Seasonal Games

You may need to add some pictures and dots to the dice to finish them before copying.  My kids use them as partner games, but you can also play individually as well.







These are some cards I made to fill time with my kids standing in line and waiting.  You can see more about them under the “Tech.” tab.



Jack and the Beanstalk Math Sheet



Cat In the Hat Glyph



All About Me Glyph

I use this glyph during our “Getting to Know You” theme.  I give the children an outline of a boy/girl and then in small groups have them listen and color according to the directions.  Because this is a theme near the beginning of the year, I have them complete this in small groups, but later in the year we are able to do these as a whole or part of the whole group.



Apples/Dr. Seuss

I use apples up on top after reading the De. Seuss story by the same name.  Each of the children has their picture taken and they glue that at the bottom of the page.  I then give them a random amount of apple stickers/die cuts and they glue them on the top of their head and write that in the sentence below. I bind these into a classbook.

The apple tree is used as a parent helper small group activity.  I print out both sheets and laminate.  I give the parent helper a bag of red hots or red licorice and each child gets five.  They say the rhyme listed and move their apples accordingly.  They also use a dry erase marker and fill in the numbers and number sentences on the second sheet.




Beanstalk Measuring

I use this sheet during my Jack and the Beanstalk theme.  I give the students scraps of green construction paper cut into varying lengths, but all about 3/4 of an inch wide.  They glue them on and decorate with tendrils and leaves.  The students then write their name and measure how tall their “beanstalk” is with unifix cubes and write that number at the bottom.  I bind these into a classbook.




Here are two graphs I made to use at the beginning of the year.  The first is a color graph.  Each child gets a copy and walks around the classroom asking other children what their favorite color is and then they color in a box accordingly.  We then talk about the graphs and make a large classroom graph and discuss those results and write about them.

The second graph is an eye color graph.  I use it with my “Getting to Know You” theme.  Used just like the color graph, the students walk around the classroom and survey other students eye colors and record.  We then make a large classroom graph and talk and write about those results.




Developing Number Concept: The NEW book by Kathy Richardson

I made this 10 dot frame to use as a math mat and this NEW book by Kathy Richardson.  If you don’t have it, click the link below to go to and read about it.  It is Outstanding!  I use it everyday–after the first 6 weeks of exploring tubs, I start in with these lessons 2-3 times per week and have the children use traditional Math Their Way tub activities the other 2 days per week.




These are some assorted documents I have created.  The first I created as an assessment for our Kindergarten team to use for Math.  It is aligned closely to our report card.  The second two are math related pages that will go into our binders this year.  You can find out more about binders by clicking on the binder tab above.





100’s Day!

Here are some activities for the 100th day of Kindergarten.  The blank 100 frame is for the children to put 100 stickers on to.  There are also several notes to send home to parents, and a copy of the centers I use and the directions to help the parents and children.  I usually set up 6-8 stations in my classroom and have the children rotate through them and the parents stay at one table and help.  The 100’s Day counting sheet is for the students to use when counting out 100’s Day Hash, pompoms for necklaces, or Fruit Loops.  I print them out on 11×17 construction paper and laminate-durable for many years!








Daily Guide for Math and the Indiana Core Standards


Here is the power point presentation I gave during a presentation I did for our district Kindergarten teachers.  I was speaking on the topic of aligning our Daily Guide for Mathematics instruction and the new Indiana State Core Standards for Mathematics.


Pattern Block Graph

This is a graph I made a few years ago that I just love!  I have a seasonal shape that I have my kids fill in with paper pattern block and then to stretch the learning just a bit, and since each child fills in a hexagon a different way, I have them graph their results on this page.


  1. Leslie Kotyuk

    Kristen, this is outstanding! You are truly an inspiration, especially during these summer months- I can now add you to my resources!!! Thanks for sharing all this great stuff,

    Leslie Kotyuk


  2. Kathy illingworth

    Thank you for sharing! You have some wonderful ideas for math!


  3. Great links and ideas. You may find my blog helpful as it has some math games that I have used with my daughter.


  4. Wow, all this information is wonderful. As an intern student teacher, it’s helping me feel more confidant in the classroom.


  5. Kristen, I love your ideas for the binder and for the skills folder. I am trying something similar this year in my class and happened to stumble over your website. Love it! I would love to include the page with the hands for learning left and right. I helped them trace their own hands and then color them green and red and we put that in their binder but I was looking for a blackline master (something a little more “professional” looking) they could color or that I could even “color” and put in the binder but am having trouble finding something already done. I saw the pic of your hand page but the link to the pdf file isn’t working – well it works but it pulls up a different worksheet. Could you email me a copy of your hands?! Thanks for everything you have provided on the site….I can’t wait to explore more and try some of your ideas!


  6. Hi Kristen! I LOVE your ideas here on your website. I have been teaching kindergarten for 14 years, with another 14 years of special ed and grade four thrown in for good measure.
    I’m from Canada and was wondering just a few things: will you eventually be able to ship to Canada? I’d love your math stations resource book.
    Approximately how many children do you have in your class? Are they blended? I have two classes, each is a blend of JK/SK and they come on alternate days. It is mandatory in our province that we teach children to read at a benchmark level 5 so we get too driven with guided reading and paper pencil tasks. I want to incorporate a more centre based approach. I love your ideas and materials!!!


    • kristenskreations

      Hi Lynne,
      Thanks for your kind words. I still need to look into shipping to Canada (I’ve never done that before! 🙂 ) I would be more than happy to e-mail you the Math Stations if you wanted to purchase them. You would still get the same resources, just by e-mail instead of CD. And if for some reason that did not work, I could still mail you a CD anyway! 🙂

      I have 24 children in my classroom this year (had 26 last year) They are all 5/6 year old children. They will all be 6 by the end of May 2010. Bless you for teaching Alternate Days! I did that for 3 years and although it looked good on paper, it just was not feasible for my style! 🙂

      Kristen 🙂


      • Hi Kristen,
        Thanks for responding. I am looking into whether I can get funding from my school in order to purchase some of your materials. They are great!!!!! I’ll get back to you shortly.
        Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!


  7. Hi! I am so happy that I found your website! You and your ideas are wonderful and have inspired me! Thanks!


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