Preschool Math Activities

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Preschool Math Activities

Preschool math activities can be simple and fun:

  • Adding and subtracting the afternoon snack
  • Counting cute fingers and toes
  • Singing a fun counting song
  • Playing a board game or putting together a puzzle
  • Looking around at house numbers and street signs




Activity Timers

SUPPLIES:

  • Stop watch
  • Paper and pencil


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Choose an action to do.
  2. See how many of that action your can do in 5 seconds.
  3. Write down the number that you did and try again.

Balloon Bopping

SUPPLIES:

  • Balloon


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Try to keep a ballon in the air.
  2. Count how many bops you do.




Egg Carton Counter

SUPPLIES:

  • Egg Carton
  • Marker
  • Beans


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Write numbers on each compartment in egg carton.
  2. Child:
  3. Place the correct amount of beans into each compartment.

Fill it Up

SUPPLIES:

  • Variety of containers
  • Variety of small objects


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Choose a container.
  2. Count how many objects it takes to fill it up.
  3. Try another container.




Jump Rope Jigglers

SUPPLIES:

  • Jump Rope


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Hold one end of a jump rope and tie the other end to a chair.
  2. Move the jump rope back and forth.
  3. Child:
  4. Count how many times you jump over, without touching the rope.

Rocket Ship Blast-off

SUPPLIES:

  • Lots of energy


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Crouch low on the flour and count down from five.
  2. When you get to zero jump up and say, "blast-off!"




Orange Counting

  • Orange


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Guess how many slices are inside an orange.
  2. Peel orange and count the slices.
  3. Eat some slices and recount.

Snow Clothes Race

SUPPLIES:

  • Stop Watch
  • A Wide Variety of Snow Clothes


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. See how fast you can put on all of the snow clothes.




Hide and Seek Bag

SUPPLIES:

  • Zip-lock bag
  • Small items
  • Rice


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Place items and rice in bag, then close.
  2. Child:
  3. Find the hidden items and decide what shapes they are.

Paper Chain Patterns

SUPPLIES:

  • Color paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Cut paper into strips.
  2. Make a loop out of a strip and staple the ends.
  3. Choose another strip and loop it through the first and staple.
  4. Continue making loops using certain colors to make a pattern.




Clean the Clutter

SUPPLIES:

  • A messy room


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Child:
  1. Sort items in a messy room.
  2. Place each item in the correct container.

Teddy Bear Tic Tac Toe

SUPPLIES:

  • Ten stuffed animals or toys
  • Masking tape


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Help:
  1. Tape a large tic tac toe board onto the floor.
  2. Child:
  3. Sort the stuffed animals or toys into two similar piles.
  4. Choose a pile to be and play tic tac toe.




Ruler Guessing

SUPPLIES:

  • Ruler


INSTRUCTIONS:

    Explain:
  1. A ruler is used to measure how long things are.
  2. Child:
  3. Choose an item to measure and guess how long it is.
  4. Measure the item and see how close you were.




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