As we all know, kindergarten is an incredible, transformative year for our young students. The first few days set the tone for the rest of the year and can greatly influence our students’ attitudes towards school. To help ensure we’re starting off on the right foot, I’ve put together a list of fun, engaging back-to-school activities for kindergarten students. Each one is designed to create a warm, inclusive, and exciting atmosphere that both you and your students will love.


1. All About Me Activities FOR KINDERGARTEN

All About Me Poster

Facilitate an opportunity for students to express themselves by crafting an “All About Me” poster. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Supply each learner with a large paper sheet and colorful markers.
  2. Encourage them to draw things that define them (their families, pets, favorite foods, or hobbies…).
  3. Once they’re done, allow them to share their masterpiece with the class. It’s a fun, artistic, and personal way to get acquainted!

This activity not only allows children to express themselves creatively, but it also fosters an environment of understanding and respect for individual differences.

Name Collage

Let’s reinforce that sense of belonging with names! Here’s how you can create a Name Collage:

  1. Hand out large name cut-outs to each student along with materials like glitter, stickers, and cut-outs from magazines.
  2. They can personalize their name display with elements that resonate with their personalities.
  3. Display these name collages in your classroom.

This personalizes the space and gives children a sense of ownership, belonging, and pride in their classroom.

2. back to school Ice Breaker Games

Color Coordinate Game

This engaging activity gets students moving, interacting, and learning about each other. Here’s how to conduct this game:

  1. Begin by assigning different colors to different types of personal facts. Red could represent “has a pet,” blue could mean “has a sibling,” and so on.
  2. Next, prepare small items or tokens in the corresponding colors. These could be colored chips, balls, or even colored pieces of paper.
  3. Give each child a colored object. Once they have their colored item, explain what each color represents. For example, “If you have a red token, it means you have a pet.This leads to interaction and communication among students.
  4. After you’ve explained the color meanings, ask your students to find others who have the same color. As they search for their “color buddies,” they can share about their pet, their favorite book, or their siblings. This way, they are not only learning about their classmates but also sharing a bit about themselves.

The game can continue as long as you like, with students returning their color item and receiving a new one, representing a different personal fact. The aim of this activity is to get students talking, moving, and above all, bonding over shared experiences or interests. It’s a wonderful ice breaker for the start of the school year!

Mystery Box

This sensory-based game fosters group interaction and language development. Here’s how to create a Mystery Box:

  1. Fill a box with recognizable objects. These could be common classroom items like a pencil, a ball, or a book.
  2. Each student takes a turn reaching into the box without looking and describes the object they feel. The rest of the class can guess what the item is based on the description.

This activity not only develops descriptive language skills and sensory recognition but also creates a sense of anticipation and excitement in the classroom.

3. back to school Story Time

Summer Stories

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Set aside a dedicated time each day during the first week of school for students to share their favorite summer experiences.
  2. This sharing can be through drawing or speaking. They might draw a picture of their vacation or simply talk about their favorite summer memory.

This exercise not only develops expressive language skills but also provides an opportunity for students to learn about their classmates’ experiences, fostering empathy and understanding.


This activity can create a supportive and inclusive environment in your classroom, Here’s how to conduct a Read-Aloud:

  1. Select books that touch on themes of friendship, acceptance, the excitement of starting school or celebrating individuality. For examples:
    • “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg: This engaging book reveals that it’s not just students who get nervous about the first day of school, teachers do too.
    • “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes: This story is about a little mouse named Chrysanthemum who loves her name until she starts school and other children make fun of it. It’s a heartwarming tale about acceptance and individuality.
  2. While reading these books aloud, pause occasionally to ask questions about the characters, plot, or how the children would feel in similar situations.

This activity can help students transition seamlessly into the academic year.

4. back to school Group Activities

Classroom Scavenger Hunt

A classroom scavenger hunt is a fun, interactive way to familiarize students with their new learning environment while promoting teamwork. It also helps students feel more comfortable and excited about their classroom. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Prepare a list of items or places around the classroom that you’d like your students to find. This could include things like a particular book, a plant, the attendance chart, the pencil sharpener, etc.
  2. Break your students into small teams and hand each team a copy of the list.
  3. Encourage them to work together to find all the items or places on the list. Be sure to emphasize that it’s not just about being the fastest, but also about working well as a team.
  4. After the activity, gather everyone together and talk about what they found. You can also use this time to explain any classroom rules related to the items or areas they discovered.

This back-to-school activity not only aids students in getting to know their new surroundings but also fosters teamwork, communication, and a sense of shared adventure. It’s an engaging, dynamic way to kick off the school year!

Classroom Quilt

A classroom quilt is a visual representation of unity and team effort. It emphasizes how every individual contributes to the group’s overall picture. Here’s how to facilitate this activity:

  1. Provide each student with a square piece of construction paper.
  2. Ask them to draw something that they love or that represents them on this paper. This could be a pet, a favorite book, a sport, a hobby, etc.
  3. Once the students have completed their individual squares, gather all the squares and assemble them on a large board or wall to form a “quilt”. You can use adhesive or pins to secure them.
  4. Use this time to discuss how each square is unique, just like each student in the classroom, but when brought together, they form a beautiful, cohesive whole – much like the classroom community.

This engaging activity fosters a sense of belonging, celebrates individuality, and underscores the importance of unity and cooperation. The final product, a vibrant classroom quilt, serves as a daily reminder of the classroom’s shared experiences and collaborative efforts.


Remember to savor these first few moments with your new class. It’s a fresh start, a blank slate, and an opportunity to foster a love for learning that will stay with these young minds for years to come.

These activities aim to create a warm, inviting, and exciting atmosphere that both you and your students will look forward to every day. Remember, the key is to make these first few days enjoyable, memorable, and inclusive.

As you embark on this new academic year, let the laughter, curiosity, and joy fill your classrooms!

Happy Back to School Day!


Get ready to embark on a captivating journey through Colombia, full of fun and enriching activities. From art and music to gastronomy and daily life, let’s dive into this vibrant culture together!

1. A Canvas of Colombia: Colombian Art

Colombian art is renowned for its distinct styles and vibrant colors, offering plenty of inspiration for hands-on activities.

Crafts Inspired by Colombian Art

  1. Botero-Inspired Sculptures: Introduce your students to the unique style of Fernando Botero, who is famous for his exaggerated, voluminous figures. Using modeling clay, your students can create their own ‘Boterismo’ sculptures.
  2. Carnival Masks: The Barranquilla Carnival is a significant cultural event in Colombia. Have your students design and decorate their own Carnival masks using paper plates, paint, and embellishments. Here’s a guide to get you started.

Famous Artists: Fernando Botero and Alejandro Obregón

Present your students with examples of the works of these notable Colombian artists, and discuss their unique styles and contributions to Colombian culture.

2. ¿Hablas Español?: Colombian Spanish Activities

Integrating Colombian Spanish into your classroom activities can be both fun and educational.

Colombian Folklore Stories:

“The Yellow Butterfly” is a delightful Colombian folklore tale that can introduce your students to the country’s rich storytelling tradition.

Vocabulary Games:

  1. Colombian Animal Bingo: Reinforce vocabulary and teach your students about Colombian wildlife with a game of animal bingo. Use names of animals found in Colombia to create a unique and educational experience.

3. Ritmos Colombianos: Colombian Music and Dance

Introducing your students to Colombian music and dance can be a lively and engaging experience.

  1. Cumbia Dance Lessons: Try this kid-friendly cumbia dance tutorial. It’s a fun way to get your students moving and introduce them to a traditional Colombian dance form.
  2. Colombian Music Appreciation: Play traditional Colombian songs during craft or quiet time. Discuss the unique rhythms and instruments associated with Colombian music.

4. Sabores de Colombia: Colombian Gastronomy

Introduce your students to the delightful flavors of Colombian cuisine.

  1. Arepas Show and Tell: Arepas are a staple food in Colombia. Show your students how they’re made and talk about their significance in Colombian daily life. Here’s a simple recipe to help explain.
  2. Colombian Fruit Taste Test: Organize a tasting of fruits native to Colombia, like guava or passionfruit. Discuss the flavors and textures, comparing them to fruits that your students are more familiar with.

5. A Trip to Colombia: Geography Activities

  1. Coloring and Labeling Colombian Map: Using these printable maps of Colombia, students can color and label key Colombian regions.
  2. Landmark Matching Game: Create cards featuring famous Colombian landmarks, such as the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and Tayrona National Park. Students can match the landmarks to their descriptions.

6. Vida Diaria: Daily Life in Colombia

  1. “A Day in the Life: Colombia”: This short documentary gives students a glimpse into the daily life of a Colombian child.
  2. Family Comparison Chart: After watching the documentary, students can create a chart comparing their daily routine to that of the child in the video.

Enjoy these Colombia-themed activities as part of your Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. ¡Feliz enseñanza!

Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to introduce your kindergarten students to the vibrant culture of Spain. Join us on a fascinating journey through Spanish art, language, music, gastronomy, geography, and daily life. Let’s go!

1. Palette of Spain: Spanish Art

Spanish art provides an excellent medium to engage your kindergarten students in hands-on activities.

Crafts Inspired by Spanish Art

  1. Picasso-inspired Cubist Portraits: Picasso’s cubist style can be a fun introduction to art. Have your students create their own cubist portraits using colorful construction paper. Check out this simple guide to get started.
  2. Gaudí-inspired Mosaics: Antoni Gaudí’s mosaics are a vibrant part of Spanish architecture. Students can make their own mosaics using colorful paper or tiles.

Famous Artists: Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali

Introduce your students to the works of famous Spanish artists like Picasso and Dali. Discuss their unique styles and show examples of their art.

2. Hablas Español: Spanish Language Activities

Spanish language activities provide a great avenue for kindergarteners to engage with Spanish culture.

Spanish Books:

The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf is a classic Spanish tale that can provide a fun and engaging introduction to Spanish culture for kindergarteners.

Vocabulary Games:

  1. Spanish Color Bingo: To reinforce color vocabulary in Spanish, play a game of Bingo with your students. Use Spanish color words for a fun and educational twist.

3. Ritmo de España: Spanish Music and Dance

  1. Flamenco Dance Lessons: Introduce your kindergarteners to the art of flamenco dance with this kid-friendly flamenco dance tutorial.
  2. Spanish Music Appreciation: Play traditional Spanish songs during craft time to create an immersive experience. Discuss the instruments you hear, such as the Spanish guitar.

4. Sabores de España: Spanish Gastronomy

  1. Spanish Tortilla Cooking Demonstration: Demonstrate how to make a simple Spanish tortilla using potatoes and eggs. Although you may not be able to cook in class, you can show the steps and describe the process.
  2. Spanish Fruit Taste Testing: Arrange a tasting of Spanish fruits like persimmons and pomegranates. Compare and contrast the flavors and textures with fruits the students are more familiar with.

5. Journey through Spain: Geography Activities

  1. Coloring and Labeling Spanish Map: Using these printable maps of Spain, students can color and label key Spanish regions.
  2. Famous Landmark Puzzle: Create puzzles featuring famous Spanish landmarks like the Alhambra or the Sagrada Familia. As they complete the puzzle, students learn about these significant sites.

6. Life in Spain: Daily Living and Family Life

  1. “A Day in the Life: Spain”: This short documentary provides an intimate look into the day-to-day life of a Spanish child, perfect for showing to your students.
  2. Family Comparison Chart: After watching the documentary, students can create a comparison chart between their own family life and the Spanish family life presented in the film.

We hope these Spanish-themed activities make Hispanic Heritage Month a fun and educational experience for your kindergarteners. ¡Feliz enseñanza!

As Hispanic Heritage Month approaches, we’ve lined up an engaging exploration of Peruvian culture tailored to kindergarteners. From famous artists to mouth-watering gastronomy, we’re ready to embark on an unforgettable Peruvian journey.

1. Artistic Vistas: Exploring Peruvian Art

Peruvian arts, both contemporary and ancient, offer a diverse range of craft ideas for young learners.

Crafts Inspired by Peruvian Art

  1. Peruvian Weaving: Let your students dive into the ancient tradition of Peruvian weaving. They can create their own simple weaves using colorful yarn. Check out this guide for step-by-step instructions.
  2. Nazca Lines Art: Introduce your students to the mysterious Nazca lines. Using large sheets of paper, they can draw and color their own Nazca-inspired line art.

Famous Artists: Mario Urteaga Alvarado and Tilsa Tsuchiya

  1. Exploring Mario Urteaga Alvarado’s Art: Study Urteaga’s classic Andean artworks and encourage your students to create their own art inspired by his work.
  2. Discovering Tilsa Tsuchiya’s Surrealist Art: Tsuchiya’s work is a treasure trove of Peruvian legends and myths. Use her artworks as a springboard to introduce Peruvian folklore and create related art projects.

2. Hablas Español: Spanish Language Activities

Language is an essential part of culture. Improve your students’ Spanish skills with books and vocabulary games centered around Peru.

Spanish Books:

Up and Down the Andes” by Laurie Krebs is a fantastic book that introduces children to Peruvian culture and the diverse landscapes of the Andes.

Vocabulary Games:

  1. Peruvian Animal Bingo: Make vocabulary learning fun with a bingo game featuring animals native to Peru. This will help your students learn about the rich biodiversity of Peru while enhancing their Spanish vocabulary.

3. Ritmo de Perú: Peruvian Music and Dance

  1. Marinera Dance: Teach your students the steps of the traditional Peruvian Marinera dance with this video tutorial. It’s a fantastic way to blend physical education and cultural learning!
  2. Peruvian Music Appreciation: Play traditional Peruvian songs in the background during craft time to immerse your students in Peruvian culture. Discuss the instruments used, such as the cajón, quena, and charango.

4. Sabores de Perú: Peruvian Gastronomy

  1. Make Peruvian Quinoa Salad: Quinoa, a staple in Peru, is a versatile grain used in various dishes. Introduce your students to Peruvian cuisine with this kid-friendly quinoa salad recipe.
  2. Peruvian Fruit Taste Testing: Like with Mexican fruits, a taste-testing session with Peruvian fruits like lucuma, cherimoya, and passionfruit will expose your students to new flavors and textures.

5. Journey through Peru: Geography Activities

  1. Coloring and Labeling Peruvian Map: With these printable maps of Peru, students can explore Peru’s diverse geography and regions.
  2. Famous Landmark Puzzle: Create puzzles featuring famous Peruvian landmarks like Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca. As students solve the puzzle, they’ll learn about these significant sites.

6. Life in Peru: Daily Living and Family Life

  1. “A Day in the Life: Peru”: This short documentary provides an intimate look into the day-to-day life of a Peruvian child, perfect for showing to your students.
  2. Family Comparison Chart: After watching the documentary, students can create a comparison chart between their family life and the Peruvian family life shown in the film.

With these activities, your students will have a memorable, enriching experience of Peruvian culture during Hispanic Heritage Month.

It’s that wonderful time of year again – Hispanic Heritage Month! In this guide, we’ll share some fun and educational Mexican activities specifically designed for your little learners. Get ready for a fiesta of knowledge!

1. Artistic Expressions: Diving into Mexican Art

Art, the universal language, knows no boundaries. The colorful tapestry of Mexican traditional arts and acclaimed artists offer plenty of kindergartener-friendly craft ideas.

Crafts Inspired by Mexican Folk Art

  1. Papel Picado: Papel Picado is a festive Mexican art form involving intricate patterns cut into tissue paper. Allow your students to create their own designs with this detailed Papel Picado guide.
  2. Talavera Pot Painting: Transform small terra cotta pots into vibrant works of art, taking inspiration from the traditional Mexican Talavera pottery. This hands-on activity encourages creativity and cultural appreciation.

Famous Artists: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

  1. Frida Kahlo’s Self-portraits: Encourage your students to channel their inner Frida Kahlo with self-portraits. Use this guide to explore Kahlo’s famous works and create vibrant classroom art.
  2. Diego Rivera’s Murals: Introduce your students to social realism through Diego Rivera’s iconic murals. Students can then create a classroom mural inspired by their daily lives, promoting creativity and cultural literacy.

2. Si Hablas Español: Spanish Language Activities

Language forms the backbone of every culture. Enhance your students’ linguistic skills with Spanish books and vocabulary games related to Mexico.

Spanish Books:

Off We Go to Mexico” by Laurie Krebs is a colorful introduction to Mexico’s landscapes and cultural richness. A perfect addition to your read-aloud library!

Vocabulary Games:

  1. Mexican Lotería: Spice up vocabulary lessons with Mexican Lotería, a game similar to bingo but featuring images from Mexican culture. This interactive learning method brings Spanish vocabulary to life!

3. Ritmo de México: Mexican Music and Dance

  1. The Mexican Hat Dance: This traditional dance, also known as ‘Jarabe Tapatio’, is a must for any Mexican cultural exploration. Teach your students the steps using this video tutorial. It’s a great way to combine physical education and cultural studies!
  2. Mariachi Music Exploration: Mariachi music is a cornerstone of Mexican culture. Play a few popular Mariachi songs and discuss the unique instruments used, such as the guitar, violin, trumpet, and vihuela. Here’s a beginner-friendly Mariachi playlist for your class.

4. Sabores de México: Mexican Gastronomy

  1. Mexican cuisine is an explosion of flavors. Here’s a simple recipe for a traditional Mexican dip, Guacamole, for your little chefs to enjoy!
  2. Taste Testing Mexican Fruits: Arrange a taste-testing session with Mexican fruits like guava, papaya, and mango. Discuss their flavors, textures, and colors, comparing them to fruits the students are more familiar with.

5. Journey through Mexico: Geography Activities

  1. Coloring and Labeling Mexican Map: Let your students explore Mexico’s geography hands-on with printable maps for coloring and labeling. These maps are an engaging tool for geographical education.
  2. Landmark Match-Up Game: Create a matching game using pictures of famous Mexican landmarks (like Chichen Itza or the Pyramids of Teotihuacan) and their names. This game introduces students to significant Mexican landmarks while reinforcing their memory skills.

6. Life in Mexico: Daily Living and Family Life

  1. “A Day in the Life: Mexico”: This short documentary offers insights into a day in the life of a Mexican child. It’s a valuable resource for teaching about the similarities and differences between American and Mexican lifestyles.
  2. Family Comparison Chart: After watching the “Day in the Life” documentary, have students create a comparison chart between their family life and the family life depicted in the documentary. This promotes critical thinking and cultural understanding.

7. Integrating Mexican Culture into the Curriculum

  1. Bingo Vocabulary Game: Reinforce English vocabulary with a fun twist by introducing Mexican culture-themed Bingo!
  2. Math Activity – Hundred Chart Mystery Picture: Here’s a brilliant way to combine math with cultural learning. Create a mystery picture activity using hundred charts and Mexican cultural symbols. As students solve math problems, a picture reveals itself, making math more fun and engaging!

We hope these engaging activities provide your students with a vibrant and enriching experience of Mexican culture during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Cinco de Mayo is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your students to Mexican culture and history. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of engaging activities that cater to various grade levels and subjects, providing teachers with a wealth of options for their classrooms. Let’s dive in!

The History of Cinco de Mayo and Its Difference with Independence Day

Before diving into the activities, it’s essential to understand the history of Cinco de Mayo and how it differs from Mexico’s Independence Day. In a nutshell, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, while Mexico’s Independence Day celebrates its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810. For a more in-depth explanation, check out this informative website that details the history and significance of Cinco de Mayo.

Exploring Mexican Art and Crafts

  1. Kindergarten: Create colorful tissue paper flowers, a popular Mexican craft, with this simple tutorial.
  2. Grades 1-2: Study the works of famous Mexican artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and have students create self-portraits inspired by their styles.
  3. Grades 3-Middle School: Dive into Mexican traditional arts like pottery and weaving, and explore the history and significance behind them.

Spanish Language Activities: Books and Games

  1. Kindergarten: Read bilingual picture books like “Off We Go to Mexico” by Laurie Krebs to learn Mexican culture and basic Spanish vocabulary.
  2. Grades 1-2: Play games like Mexican Lotería, a traditional Mexican bingo game, to learn vocabulary related to Mexican culture.
  3. Grades 3-Middle School: Use this website to find age-appropriate books that teach Mexican culture and Spanish language skills.

Celebrating with Mexican Music and Dance

  1. Kindergarten: Watch this video of the Mexican Hat Dance, a traditional folk dance, and have students try it out in the classroom.
  2. Grades 1-2: Listen to famous Mexican songs like “La Bamba” and “Cielito Lindo,” and discuss their cultural significance.
  3. Grades 3-Middle School: Explore traditional Mexican dances like the Jarabe Tapatío and learn about their origins and meanings.

Gastronomy: Mexican Recipes for Kids

For a taste of Mexican cuisine, visit this website for kid-friendly recipes like tacos, quesadillas, and guacamole.

Geography: Mapping Mexico

  1. Kindergarten: Use this link to print a map of Mexico for students to color.
  2. Grades 1-2: Discuss Mexico’s diverse geography, from its deserts and mountains to its rainforests and beaches.
  3. Grades 3-Middle School: Create a Mexican-themed geography scavenger hunt using maps and information about Mexican landmarks.

Exploring Daily Life in Mexico

  1. Kindergarten: Watch this animated video about the daily life of a Mexican family, and discuss the similarities and differences with the students’ own lives.
  2. Grades 1-2: Show clips from movies like “Coco” and “The Book of Life” to provide glimpses into Mexican culture and traditions.
  3. Grades 3-Middle School: Explore this video series that showcases the daily lives of Mexican families, focusing on cultural differences and similarities with the United States.

Integrating Cinco de Mayo into English and Math Curriculum

  1. English Activities:
    • Kindergarten: Read a story about Cinco de Mayo, such as “Cinco de Mouse-O!” by Judy Cox, and ask students to discuss the characters and events.
    • Grades 1-2: Write a short paragraph about a personal challenge they have faced, relating it to the true spirit of Cinco de Mayo.
    • Grades 3-Middle School: Research and write a brief report on a Mexican historical figure or event related to Cinco de Mayo.
  2. Math Activities:
    • Kindergarten: Practice counting using this Cinco de Mayo-themed counting worksheet.
    • Grades 1-2: Create a symmetry activity by drawing Mexican icons like maracas or sombreros and having students complete the other half.
    • Grades 3-Middle School: Solve a math mystery picture featuring a famous figure like Frida Kahlo by correctly answering math problems.

We hope these Cinco de Mayo activities inspire you to bring the excitement of this cultural celebration into your classroom or family. Remember, the key is to make learning engaging and fun while teaching students about the rich heritage of Mexico.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Mathematics is more than just numbers and equations. For students in grades 1 to 6, understanding the real-life applications of math can help them see the value of what they’re learning and make it more engaging. In this article, we’ll explore various ways math skills can be applied in everyday situations and provide detailed examples of activities that help children connect math with the world around us. By incorporating these activities into your classroom or your home, you can spark your children’s interest and help them develop a lifelong love for math.

1. Budgeting and money management

Real-life application: Learning how to handle money responsibly is an essential life skill. Math plays a significant role in budgeting, making purchases, and understanding savings.

Activity idea: Create a classroom store where students can “purchase” items using play money. You can make cards with pictures of fruits and vegetables with prices for example. You can label items with prices that include decimals or not. Students will have to add the prices to pay and subtract to determine the correct change. You can have students calculating sales tax to work with percentages…

2. Time management and scheduling

Real-life application: Time management is crucial in our daily lives, and math helps us organize and plan our time efficiently.

Activity idea: Provide students with a weekly schedule template and have them plan their ideal week, including school, extracurricular activities, and leisure time. Encourage students to calculate the total time spent on each activity and determine if they're balancing their time effectively. 

3. Measurement and cooking

Real-life application: Measurement skills are essential when following recipes and cooking delicious meals.

Activity idea: Organize a “cooking day” in the classroom. Provide students with simple recipes that require measuring ingredients. Have students work in groups to measure and mix the ingredients, reinforcing their understanding of fractions, units of measurement, and conversions. For example, a recipe may require 1 ½ cups of flour and 8 ounces of milk, presenting an opportunity to discuss conversions between cups and ounces. Students may need to calculate the amounts of each ingredient to make the recipe for the whole class.

4. Geometry and art

Real-life application: Geometry is present in various art forms, from painting and sculpture to architecture and design.

Activity idea: Introduce students to the concept of tessellations, which are patterns made of repeating shapes that fit together without gaps or overlaps. Have students create their tessellation patterns using geometric shapes, such as triangles or hexagons, and discuss how math plays a role in their designs. For example, students can learn about the angles of different shapes and how they fit together to form a tessellation. They might create a pattern using equilateral triangles, exploring the idea that the sum of the interior angles in each triangle is 180 degrees.

5. data analysis and sports

Real-life application: Sports enthusiasts and professionals often use math to analyze player performance, make predictions, and inform coaching decisions.

Activity idea: Have students select a sport they’re interested in and research the statistics for their favorite team or player. Guide students in creating graphs and charts to represent the data, such as bar graphs for comparing points scored by different players, or line graphs for tracking a team’s performance over time. For example, students might calculate the average number of goals scored per game by their favorite soccer player and compare it to other players on the team.

6. environmental math: recycling and conservation

Real-life application: Math is vital in understanding and addressing environmental issues such as recycling, conservation, and reducing waste.

Activity idea: Organize a classroom recycling project and have students track the amount of recycled materials collected over a month. Guide students in calculating the percentage of each type of recyclable material (e.g., paper, plastic, aluminum) in relation to the total amount collected. For example, if students collected 100 items, and 40 were paper, they could calculate that paper makes up 40% of the total recycling. Discuss with your students the relevance of calculating a percentage by counting the number of items.

7. travel planning and geography

Real-life application: Math is essential when planning trips, estimating distances, and budgeting for travel expenses.

Activity idea: Assign students a virtual road trip project, in which they must plan a trip to a nearby city or tourist attraction. Provide students with a map and ask them to calculate the distance between their starting point and destination. Have them estimate travel time based on average driving speed and calculate the cost of gasoline for the trip.


By incorporating real-life applications of math into your lessons, you can help your students see the relevance of their learning and foster a genuine interest in mathematics. These engaging activities not only enhance their understanding of math concepts but also prepare them for real-world situations they’ll encounter throughout their lives.

Summer is almost here, and as teachers, we know that the end of the school year can be both exciting and challenging. It’s crucial to keep students engaged while incorporating educational activities. Let’s explore some fun end-of-year math activities for kindergarten students that you can implement in your classroom.

math coloring activities

– hundred chart mystery pictures

Hundred chart mystery pictures promote kindergarten number recognition, counting, and place value practice through grid coloring. It’s the perfect activity to make them work on these notions with pleasure.

If you don’t want to make this activity yourself or if you want an example to have a template you can buy my pack of 8 images with sheets for kindergarten to grade 2 on my store or download this flower (it’s free!).

– i spy

I Spy game for kindergarteners combines counting, visual discrimination and sometimes coloring.

This is an easy do-it-yourself activity but if you want a ready-made one you can buy my sea pack on my store or download this free flowers and insects sheet.

– roll and color

Roll and color games foster number recognition and counting while promoting fine motor skills.

You can download this free Summer Roll and Color page here.

counting games

– count and clip cards

Count and clip cards engage kindergarten students in hands-on counting practice, enhancing number recognition and fine motor skills.

– domino

Dominoes for kindergarten students foster number recognition, counting practice while promoting social interaction and collaborative play.

– bingo

Number and counting bingo nurtures kindergarteners’ skills in numeral recognition, counting and listening. It’s a very engaging game for the classroom!

– count the room

Count the Room activity immerses kindergarten students in a dynamic, explorative learning experience, boosting counting, numeracy, and observational skills. It’s a perfect activity for little ones who aren’t made to sit in a chair all day!

– I have who has?

“I Have, Who Has?” counting game enhances kindergarten students’ counting skills, listening, communication, and cooperation in an entertaining setting.

Some “I Have, Who Has?” games require children to be very focused and attentive to what their peers are saying. This is the perfect game to teach children the importance of listening to themselves and paying attention to details.

– counting puzzles

geometry activities

– pattern blocks

  1. Geometry activities: Pattern Block Pictures, Shape Scavenger Hunt, Shape Summer Crafts, Summer Puzzles
  • Pattern Block Pictures

– shape scavenger hunt

  • Shape Scavenger Hunt

– shape summer crafts

  • Shape Summer Crafts

logic activities

magic squares




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