Want to help your preschooler with math? Try this hands-on counting activity.
Preschoolers need math activities to encourage number sense. We do this by asking our children to touch each object as they count.
We want our preschoolers to have hands-on learning experiences now so that they can get a solid foundation of what each number amount looks like in a variety of ways.
Incorporating this Valentine theme into early math games helps! It creates interest and ambition to get started. This preschool math activity is an ideal Breakfast Invitation for February!
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Math needs to be fun.
I know that can sound cliche. But imagine going into work every day, sitting down, and completing a giant workbook.
Would you want to come back tomorrow?
Let’s change what we are doing with our preschool math activities and encourage more guided play to inspire conversation and enjoyment as our preschoolers learn.
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How do you teach math to your preschooler?
Begin with numbers 1-3. Once mastered, move to numbers 1-5. Continue to 1-8, then 1-10.
Work at your preschooler’s pace.
Have “number toys” for your child to become familiar with the design and shape of each number symbol.
Include objects for your preschooler to move as he counts.
Encourage preschoolers to touch the objects as they count.
Cheer your child on as they progress through learning.
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This math activity has my preschooler matching numbers as he challenges his memory.
What a winning combination!
Memory and recognition games help with critical thinking, sharpen problem-solving, and enhances visual perception. These are life skills that we want to practice many times.
…and to think all of this begins with some pink construction paper and a pair of scissors.
Let’s set this Valentine math activity up!
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Fold 12 pieces of pink paper in half. You don’t have to use all 12 sheets of paper if you are creative with your heart placement before cutting.
Cut out a total of 12 hearts.
My four-year-old is working on numbers 5-10, so I wanted to include these numbers in this math activity. Remember, all little learners work at their own pace. Stay where your preschooler is at to help meet their learning needs.
Turn the 12 hearts upside down and mix them up.
Begin to find number matches!
You can even play this game in a variety of ways.
Play this math activity:
with a sibling to encourage collaboration and taking turns
with you as you drink your morning coffee
When will you play this hands-on math activity with your preschooler?