Hey friends! It’s Amanda here from Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten. The end of the school year and summer are quickly approaching. This means two things: we are doing a lot of review and my students are ready to do all things summer. To me, nothing to me says summer like a big scoop of delicious ice cream. Yum!

I saw the adorable ice cream die and knew I had to make a center game with it. Since we are doing a lot of review in math and literacy right now, I decided to create an addition math center with this fun die. Here is what you will need to create your own Ice Cream Addition math center:

Ellison SuperStar Machine
Ice Cream Cone & Scoop Die
Cardstock or Scrapbook Paper
Marker
Pencil (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

To make this center, you will first need to die cut the cardstock or scrapbook paper using the ice cream cone & scoop die. I used a multitude of colors to make it more fun and exciting for my students.

Then I wrote addition problems on the ice cream cones. After that, you want to laminate the cones and scoops for durability.

Students then used the ice cream scoops to find the answer to the problem. I like having centers that do not use worksheets so once they were finished with all the problems; I come over and check their work.

If you need or want to, you could write the answer to the addition problem on the back of the ice cream cone. I would suggest only using a pencil so that the students can’t see the answer while completing their ice cream scoops.

This idea would also work with subtraction problems. The students would put the amount of scoops as the first number in the problem and then take away the rest to find their answer. I also plan on doing this center at the beginning of next year with just having a number on the ice cream cone and having students make the cone have the appropriate number of scoops. Counting and cardinality is one of the first skills we work on in math and this activity will fit right in with that.

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