This preschool chalk number game combines learning math with movement. My preschooler can count from 1-10, and my preschooler can identify each number amount correctly. So now what? Repeat, then repeat. Don’t rush it. We have plenty of time to build upon the necessary math skills for early learners. Right now, allow your preschooler to play, manipulate, and discover new math concepts. This practice will give them the experience to take math to a higher level when they enter Kindergarten.
Dice are a hands-on math tool
Math dice games are great to play with your preschoolers at home. Using dice in your preschooler’s everyday play introduces:
- Automatically recognizing a total group of dots without having to count
- Adding and counting on
- Touching to count
Counting activities for kids are simple to set up and offer a powerful repetition to learning through play.
Bring your dice outside for a fun game with chalk
Learning through movement is essential for learning. It combines multiple disciplines to help a new concept stick. Read this educational article to learn more about why movement helps child development.
This math game also helps strengthen large muscles in the body. You can see that gross motor games are pretty important for young learners. You can do this with balance or tossing a ball on a giant X.
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How to play this math dice game
- Head outside and draw six boxes.
- Add a number in each section.
- Roll the die.
- After counting the amount, run to the box that the die displays and put the dice in the spot.
- Roll the next dice and repeat step four.
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Once you gather the simple supplies, you can use them again with our list of chalk activities for kids. Here at Days with Grey, we like to use the same supplies for multiple activities.
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Every chalk activity begins with chalk. Use this large set for this activity and continue using it all spring and summer long.
Chalk Walking Stick
This outdoor chalk stick provides a unique way to free your creativity.
Have you heard about the game Yard Dice? It is an outdoor game that includes six giant wooden dice. We use the dice for both games!
Large Foam Dice
Here is a softer version of the wooden yard dice. Bonus, it comes with a carry bag!
Final thoughts on counting
Once you have your supplies, the math activity will be set up quickly! You will notice that number recognition will increase your preschooler rolls and match the dice with the correct number name. (another variation to this is domino math)
Remember that number recognition and counting happens for different children at different stages and ages. Allow practice and time. There is no rush.
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You can teach your child how to count at home through an easy and simple setup of hands-on activities, daily conversation, and play.
Teach counting in a fun way by including movement and play. Consider themes children get excited about and make simple preschool learning activities to learn and review.
Begin teaching math with dice by rolling and chatting about the number of dots. I also like making a DIY board game to help build number sense and recognition