Preschool math activities shouldn’t be complicated and certainly not expensive to put together. It’s easy to get caught up in thinking you need to have “all the things” to teach your preschooler math skills, but you don’t need a lot of stuff at all to give your preschool a great math foundation!
Essential Preschool Math Skills
So what exactly should a preschooler be learning about math? Algebra and calculus. Kidding – unless you’ve got a baby brains on your hands! Teach them foundational skills – number recognition, counting, patterns, and shapes are a great place to start.
School Bus Preschool Math Activity
Pretty much every kid is interested in the big yellow school bus whether they actually ride one or not – and that yellow bus is the inspiration behind this cool math game! Make it easily with construction paper and an egg carton and enjoy playing a variety of math activities with your preschooler.
Fishing Rod Preschool Math Game
Making this fishing game preschool math activity is so simple – plus your kids will have so much fun “catching” their numbers that they won’t even realize they’re actually learning essential number literacy. Nice work, mama!
“Fall Leaves” Preschool Math Activity
It doesn’t have to be fall to enjoy this colorful & simple math game with your preschooler! Kids will practice counting as well as numeral recognition while they play this activity – AND those fine motor skills will be getting some exercise too thanks to the use of clothespins.
Do-A-Dot Caterpillar Counting Printable
Anyone else think those Do-A-Dot paint pens are super fun? This simple printable is a fun counting activity to enjoy with your preschooler. This FREE printable math activity could be done with a normal stamp or marker as well!
Greater Than, Less Than Worksheets
Helping kids understand the “quantity” of a number, i.e. how much 8 represents, will help make math more than an obscure idea. These printable worksheets will help you teach your preschooler about the idea of a number being greater than or less than other numbers.
Counting Practice Worksheets
While physical counters are a valuable tool, kids can also count objects that are printed on a piece of paper to reinforce the skill of counting. Use these worksheets to practice counting (and handwriting!) without having to get out any manipulatives!
Playdough Preschool Geometry
I was joking about algebra and calculus earlier, but you can brag that your preschooler is learning geometry when they master their shapes! Playdough is hands-on fun and using craft sticks (or toothpicks) to make shapes will really solidify it in their minds. Get printable templates at the link below:
Try One Of These Outdoor Number Activities
Math isn’t an exclusively indoor activity by any means, so use these counting activities to take the number skills outdoors! Fresh air + numbers = best math lesson ever.
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