Number activities don’t have to be boring, make them fun so your preschooler will love math!
I love math. I’m a nerd, yes. But I love anything to do with numbers. I really do hope I can pass this along to my kids by making learning activities about numbers and counting fun for them and not a chore.
[As I'm typing this, Henry's shouting excitedly as he's counting how many things on his sprayer... though I'm not really sure what's he's counting exactly. He made it to 39 though!]
To keep in the theme of preschooler readiness this week, I’m now sharing with you number activities for identifying numbers, counting and then putting them to use in one to one correspondence and actually counting objects!
I’ve collected 40 number activities to learn to recognize numbers and how to count!
I really do hope your kids will have a love for math too!
In case you missed it, yesterday was about learning the ABCs, including alphabet recognition, letter sounds as well as upper and lowercase recognition.
Identifying numbers can be a learning experience for preschoolers [and younger!]. Many of the ABC recognition activities can also be adjusted for numbers. Here’s 11 number activities to help a preschooler recognize their numbers.
- Create sensory art as a number.
- Go on a hunt for numbers and match it with the same number!
- Paint with sponges in the shapes of numbers! [Rockabye Butterfly]
- Go number magnet fishing! What number did you catch?[Make, Do & Friend]
- Create a parking lot with numbers. [Little Family Fun]
- Go on a number hunt! Make it harder and find them in the correct order! [Rainy Day Mum]
- A number tunnel! Make a game of identifying the numbers! [Mummy Mummy Mum]
- Have target practice with water balloons and numbers! [Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas]
- Sorting and counting objects and then identifying the number that matches [Small & Friendly]
- Reuse old containers for numbers! [Teach Mama]
- Use two plastic cups to make every number from 0-99! [In Lieu of Preschool]
Learning there’s a sequence to the numbers and what comes next. Here’s 17 number activities to help a preschoolers learn to count.
- Connect the dots! A simple past-time activity that reinforces the order of numbers.
- Upcycle a box into a puzzle of numbers!
- Create a maze of numbers to drive through. Can they count their way to the end?
- Stacking up boxes and counting how many high you can go!
- Make a craft together with multiple pieces. Have your child do the counting!
- Count a color of car while on the road, or semis, or vans, whatever suits their interest!
- Create a learning game with your ABC mat and number blocks. Choose a number block and pound the corresponding times with a hammer on the corresponding number mat!
- Let your child run an experiment and measure how much something holds! How many cups fit?
- Make puzzles with a picture. Label sections of the puzzle in numerical order. Cut apart and have your child put it back together again! [Growing in PreK]
- Convert an ABC Puzzle [or any puzzle for that matter] into a number puzzle by flipping it over! [Wild Edisons]
- Measure objects [or yourself!] and count how big they are. [The Imagination Tree]
- Count objects around the house. How many doors do you have? [No Time For Flash Cards]
- Counting with Popsicle sticks and play dough. [Tot School]
- Play any board game, or make your own! Little Family Fun creates a fish race game!
- Count with legos! Label out a paper with numbers and count out the legos next to it. [Crayon Freckles]
- Snack time! Use dice and fruit snacks and play until you eat them all up! [Kids Activities Blog]
- Happy Home Fairy makes a countdown to the first day of school! [Or whatever big event is coming up!]
One to One Correspondence
Knowing your numbers is one thing and knowing how to count is another. But being able to put them into context that they each have a meaning is done with one to one correspondence. Here’s 12 number activities that help a preschool practice one to one correspondence.
- Head out into nature and explore flowers. Count and compare flower petals!
- Go on a hunt for a number and match it to its corresponding dots.
- Build towers of blocks on a number mat, with the correct number of blocks high!
- Spark your child’s interest with their interests! A farming approach of loading grain bins with the corresponding number of pieces of ‘grain’.
- Have a newspaper throwing game and count up the newspaper balls, or how many you make, or miss!
- Make something in the kitchen together, or do an experiment and let your child measure out and do the counting.
- Sort through objects by color, and count how many you have of each!
- Fill a dump truck with objects [like dominos!] and count how many you can fit in there! [Inspiration Laboratories]
- Estimate first for some fun and then count items! [Teach Preschool]
- Count with Legos! Make, Do & Friend created a guide to count them on!
- Rolling a die and count corresponding number of Popsicle sticks. [Totally Tots]
- Go on a stroll with their strollers. Give them a number that they have to find that many objects of. Make it a race! [Toddler Approved]
Counting and number books that will get your kids excited about math:
How far can your preschooler count?
When did they grasp it?
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