Ready for a number activity for your preschooler?
We are, and we are thrilled to share this hands-on counting game with you as well!
Let’s learn math through intentional play prompts to inspire reasoning, exploration, and prediction. — the best way to learn how to understand numbers better.
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How do I teach number recognition to my preschooler?
I want to help my three-year-old gain a better understanding of number sense.
I want to slow down and take plenty of time to work with numbers 1-10 playfully.
I want my preschooler to understand that a number name is associated with several objects.
Sure, it looks like a five, and he can count to five, but what does a group of five look like when grouped?
Can he touch a group of five as he counts?
Does a group of five look the same when you put the dot in a different order?
How can he make a group of five with his hands?
That’s one reason why we use dice with math play!
Let’s get this number activity set up!
I created this counting game super fast. Sure, these ghosts can also pass for squids. But no worries. My three-year-old dove right in regardless.
Tape the white paper to your table.
Draw 6 ghosts. Use Google images to help!
Draw dots in the middle of your dot stickers to make eyes.
Add large dice to determine how many eyes go on each ghost.
Playing this counting number activity is a blast!
Roll the die.
Touch to count each dot on the dice.
Write the number rolled next to the ghost.
Add the same amount of eyes to each ghost.
RELATED: Having open-ended math toys at home to inspire play is a great way to encourage problem-solving, inventing, patterning, and so much more!
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How did I know this counting number activity was productive?
Later that night, my three-year-old was playing in the tub.
I watched him toss up his bath toy as if it were dice, and he would call out the number it landed on. Then he would fill his bowl with that much water. This imaginary play was a huge indicator to me that the counting number activity was productive.
This observation taught me that everything we intentionally do with our children lends itself into their independent play.
You interact with your preschoolers, and sharing ideas is so valuable.
Never forget that you ARE making a difference.
This counting game makes an excellent Breakfast Invitation or a fun game to sit one on one and play with your preschooler.
Play this counting number activity with many open-ended materials like seen above.
The next time we with shape buttons!