Preschool Math Activities
Preschool math can be apart of your child’s everyday life. Look around you, there are so many wonderful opportunities to teach your child preschool math.
My little tip
Teaching math can be as simple as asking your child how many fingers
he has or how many cookies he has left. It can be as fun as
singing a counting song,
playing a board game, doing a puzzle or building a block tower.
Choose an action for your child to do and using a stop watch, see how many he can do in five seconds. Some ideas: hoping, spinning,
jumping jacks, or running up the stairs. Write down how many he did and let him try again.
Have your child try to keep a balloon in the air as long as he can. Count as he bops the balloon.
Clean The Clutter
Put toys and other items in a pile. Give your child some containers and have him sort the items and put
them back where they should go. You can even time him to see how fast he can do it.
Egg Carton Counter
Write numbers on the inside of an egg carton. Give your child some beans or other small items.
For each number in the egg carton, have your child place the correct number of beans.
Fill It Up
You will need a variety of containers and objects: cotton balls, cereal, pencils, dice, or small toys.
Have you child fill up the different containers and count how many objects it takes to fill them up.
Hide and Seek Numbers
Choose a number, then go on a hunt to find a group of that many objects.
Jump Rope Jigglers
Hold one end of a jump rope and tie the other end to a chair. Move the jump rope back and forth on the ground and let
your child see how many times he can jump over it without touching the rope.
Mixed up Maze
Make a maze on the floor using yarn. Have your child walk along it to find the end.
Show an orange to your child and explain that inside the orange are many slices. Have your child guess how many.
Then have him help peel the orange and count how many slices. Give your child some slices and have him count.
Have him eat one and count how many he has left. Keep going until all the orange slices are gone.
Paper Chain Patterns
Cut a variety of color paper into strips. Explain what a pattern is by using the color strips.
Give your child a variety of colors. Let him count how many of each color, then make a paper chain pattern,
by stapling the color strips into loops.
Help your child make a calendar. Explain that there are twelve months in a year, seven days in a week and each day has a number.
Then help your child mark special days and events that are happening that month. You can even make up fun days,
like crazy hat day or picnic day. During the month have your child mark off each day.
Rocket Ship Blast-off
Have your child crouch low on the floor, then count to five, and say, “blast-off!”. Have your child jump into the air and fly like a rocket.
Try again, counting to a different number or trying counting down. Try spinning like a helicopter, flying like an airplane,
or driving a race car.
Give your child a ruler and explain how to use it to measure things. Then choose something to measure and
have your child guess how long it is by pointing to the number on the ruler. Then measure it.
Teddy Bear Tic Tac Toe
Find ten stuffed animals. Let your child sort them into two piles by color, size or type.
Then using masking tape, make a large tic tac toe board on the floor. Use the animals to mark the board.
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