Get ready! This counting surprise for preschool math is a whole lotta fun!
Oh, how I love a good hands-on math activity. Here, we spiced up the anticipation with a counting surprise for preschool math underneath each cup.
It’s easy to set up and playful to explore. This is what hands-on math activity dreams are made of!
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How do you teach preschoolers to count?
- Model counting out loud throughout the day for your preschooler to hear the repetition.
- Invite counting when learning through play. Try Tapes, Toddlers, and Toys along with Feed the Sharks.
- Find objects at home to count, such as snack crackers, counting socks from the dryer, and even fingers and toes!
By Kindergarten, many children will be asked to understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of items is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order they counted.
Use this math standard as a benchmark.
Remember it, and save it for when your child has confidently mastered counting 1-10.
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Once you are sure your preschooler understands the number name and how it relates to the amount, begin to use the numbers out of sequence.
I know that my preschooler can confidently recall numbers 1-10 and associate the number name or symbol (5) with a number of objects.
I also know that he is beginning to recall numbers 11-20.
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- White paper roll – We use this one listed here.
- Counting bears
- Painter’s tape
- Cups or bowls
- Sticky notes
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Let’s play this surprise counting activity!
First, review the numbers listed on the sticky notes.
Next, lift the bowl and count the bears.
Finally, assign the correct number name with the number of bears under the bowl.
Ideas on how to modify:
Try one bowl at a time.
Play the first time only with numbers 1-10. This will help gain confidence and momentum for higher numbers the next time you play.
The best time to play is now! Let’s play this counting surprise activity with our preschoolers today.