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Looking for new addition centers for your kindergarten classroom? Find two new hands-on activities to reinforce adding skills.

Addition for Kindergarten: Hands-on Activities

Looking for new addition centers for your kindergarten classroom? Find two new hands-on activities to reinforce adding skills.


Addition for Kindergarten: Looking for new addition centers for your kindergarten classroom? Find two new hands-on activities to reinforce adding skills.


Working on addition in kindergarten requires a lot of hands-on learning. The students need concrete objects when working on this concept so that they truly understand what it means to add things together.

Here are two centers that worked great with our class:

build it!

addition center3

This a free download from Thank God it’s First Grade. It is a great center to use with snap cubes. The kindies needed a little guidance to begin with, but now they are able to do it on their own.

I like that students have to use their fine motor, addition and letter formation skills all in one activity. They love it because they get to build while they learn.

adding with beads

addition center2

This is not only a great addition center, it works on their fine motor skills too. Students pick two numbers (or roll two dice) and add the numbers together. To find the sum, they can string beads onto a pipe cleaner.

A simple and fun idea that works great with your loose parts center. I used a chalk board pen and some rocks I had in the classroom to create the addition and equal signs.

hands-on, easy prep addition for Kindergarten

Looking for new addition centers for your kindergarten classroom? Find two new hands-on activities to reinforce adding skills.

I have a whole pack of hands-on addition activities for you, and they are easy to prep! My students loved using this Adding in the Hive math mat, and were so engaged while playing.

Find them all in my Easy Print and Prep Kindergarten Addition pack:

more addition for kindergarten

I have lots of other blog posts highlighting some addition centers that I have used with my kindergarten students:

If you want to know more about how I use all these activities in my classroom, you can find all that information in My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers.

There you have it, two new addition centers to add to your rotation. What are your favourite addition activities? Let me know in the comments.

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