Math is my favorite subject and I want my kids to love it as much as I do! I think the best way to do this is through lots of fun and creative games that let them explore and discover new concepts about the world of numbers. Here are some of the best Preschool Math activities that I've tried with my little ones over the past year (ages 2.5-3.5)...
matching numbers to quantities so the kids don't just memorize numbers and math facts but understand what they mean.
Monkeys on the Number Scale game is great for visualizing addition facts.
Comparing Quantities Crocodile Math Game.
Number Line for the kids to walk and jump on is always a favorite with my kiddos.
umber conservation using crackers - it requires no preparation, and the kids are always excited about eating the results.
Fish Grouping Game. I like that the fish stay in the bag so the kids realize that there are always the same number of fish even when they move them between the two sides.
Blocks in Socks is a neat way to let kids explore estimation and comparing quantities. You put a different number of blocks in each sock and ask the kids to order them by weight and volume.
Counting games are a staple in any Preschool classroom (or home). My kids love it when I switch around the little manipulatives we use for counting...
Bumblebee Counting Game.
Counting Game Made from Catalog Images.
Although I feel comfortable teaching math at home using games that I make up, I've also been following Rightstart Math to get some additional ideas (and mostly because I think the abacus is neat). A big part of that program is being able to identify wuantities up to 5 without counting. So I made these neat little number hearts for the girls:
Homemade Math Manipulatives.
Math Activities With Animal Figures that we can do to practice sorting, estimation, ordinal numbers, and logic skills.
I think too many people shy away from teaching their kids more 'advanced math concepts' (I'm putting that in quotes because a lot of advanced concepts can easily be adapted to a Preschool level). For example...
Venn Diagrams has taught them so many amazing mathematical reasoning and logic skills.
Fibonacci Sequence with lots of hands-on manipulatives and coloring/cutting/gluing activities.
Grid Logic with my little ones and seeing how quickly they got it.
So out of the closet-full of fancy math manipulatives we own, what is my kids' favorite, you ask... Well.. actually it's this:
Magic Number Cups and then ask them little math problems. According to my kids there is nothing more fun than flipping over the correct cup and claiming their reward. Who knew?
I hope you enjoyed this little review of some of the Preschool Math Ideas that I've posted on my blog over the past year. I love the fact that a lot of these games and explorations can be easily adapted for older kids we we can repeat them this year at a higher level.
UPDATE: I was so inspired by how much my kids enjoyed early math "games" that I created the La La Logic Critical Thinking Curriculum for 3-6 year olds, which includes online brain challenge games, printable worksheets, enrichment activities and more!
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