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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Preschool math games

When I needed some homeschool activities for my preschoolers to keep them busy while the older kids were working, I wrote down this list. Since I am a preschool teacher by degree, I love that age. I have no more preschoolers now, wah! They're so busy and so fun!

Preschool Math Ideas

Counting with yellow counting board/ buttons
Count money/ play store/ cash register
Count dots on dominoes and dice
Writing numbers-- lots of great printables/ tracers online, 
     *I liked these, and the rhymes they have too.
Brainy Baby 1, 2, 3 cards
Abacus (I made one from a kit I bought online)
Matching games (stickers on juice can lids/ index cards) 
     *How to make matching game: here
Color identifying game/ I Spy something...
Plastic colored shapes- sorting, tracing
Fish math game
Number match puzzles (index cards cut in two parts)
Math cards (1 on one card, 1 dot on other, etc.,)
Money book (from a kids' meal or bank)
Go Fish
Shapes puzzles
Playing Yahtzee with the family!


Graphing- by color, type, favorite
Foam blocks (shapes, building, counting)
Cars/ ramps (measure distance)
Measuring tape, rulers
Measuring cups, spoons with rice or corn in bin
Scale/ Weigh him/her
Big/ Medium/ Small sorting (bears?)
Matching socks, shoes, counting pairs (2, 4, 6, 8, 10)
Counting shapes, fruit (play food)
String beads/ necklaces
Clock/ time book
Trace and Cut shapes
Put cards in order (sequencing)
Stacking cups, containers
Telephone numbers (memorize ours)
Counting keys (free from key shop)
Transportation card sorting (stickers on cards)
Sports matching game, Cars matching game (stickers)
Count to ten in Spanish
Lap booking in preschool!

Books: Eating Fractions, Swahili Counting Book, M & M counting book, The Doorbell Rang, 1, 2, 3 (Anne Geddes), Ten Black Dots, Piggies; Ten, Night, Eight by Molly Bang, Who Sank the Boat?; Alexander who Used to be Rich Last Sunday
Little Blue and Little Yellow, Inch by Inch (both by Leo Lionni), Three Pigs/ Bears


Songs: 1 Potato, 2 potato; 5 little monkeys; 5 little ducks; One, Two Buckle my Shoe; Ten in the bed; One of our Number, Ten little speckled Frogs, etc.,

You can find another post about things to do with preschoolers in other subjects here. What else do you do? Any other ideas to share?

I hope these tips and ideas help you in your working with your children! The time really does go by quickly... my oldest will graduate next year!?!


Psalm 127:3-5
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.


Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates,  so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

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