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Noodle Threading – Fine Motor Math activityย 

Noodle Threading activity provides different ways to keep your little ones busy while allowing them to practice fine motor skills, number recognition, and pattern sequencing.

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What you need

  • Pool Noodle
  • Knife
  • Marker
  • Lace

How to

  • Cut the pool noodle into 1 inch pieces using sharp knife.
  • Write the numbers on them using markers.
  • Knot a small noodle slice on one end of the lace so that the numbered slices doesnt slide out when kids thread them in.
  • Give the lace and numbered slices to your LOs. Let them thread the numbered slices in numerical order.

We were working on 1-20 sequence when doing this activity.
Miss A (was 3.5 yrs) arranged the noodle slices in numerical order and then threaded them in. Miss D(was 2.5 yrs) wasn’t really interested in the numbers. She did learn some numbers (1-5) but was more into threading the noodles in and playing around with it. Later, they both kept running around with their noodle train. It was very exciting for D. Some learning and some fun..๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€You can also prepare sequencing cards for kids to follow the number pattern (odd numbers, even numbers, reverse order and so on). You could also use different color noodles for color recognition & patterning activities.

    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Outdoor Play, Sensory Play, Summer Activity, Water Table Play / Water Play Activities

    Pool Noodle Boats – Water Play

    My kids love playing with water. Pool noodle boats are easy to make and can be added to bath tub or water table for fun water play. I came across this activity during winter and was waiting for summer to try it out. Finally made it last Sunday.

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    What you need

    • Pool Noodle
    • Knife
    • Scissors
    • Straw
    • Foam sheets
    • Hole punch
    • Marker

    How to

    • Cut the pool noodle into 1-2 inch slices. These are your boats.
    • Cut the foam sheets into triangles. These are your sails. Older kids can cut & decorate sails by themselves.
    • Fold the sail, use holepunch to make hole for the straw.
    • Cut the plastic straw and insert into the holes then into boats. You might need to make a hole using wooden dowel before you insert the straw in the boat.
    • I wrote numbers on the sails for some learning fun.

    Miss A(3.5) & Miss D(2.5)were very excited to play with the boats. They took the sails apart from the boat and tried to put it in all by themselves. Later, squirt guns were put into action. A tried to squirt pointing at the boats in the water.

    We then took our boats to the slide. Placed one boat at a time and squirted it all the way down using squirt guns. A & D enjoyed this equally.
    Then it was race time. I placed two boats on the slide, D poured a cup of water to see which boat slides down first. A used the boats as scrubs to clean the slide and get it ready for the next race. While having fun they also got to work on their number recognition skills. Everytime a boat won the race, they would say which number boat won – “boat 7 wins mummy”

    This activity was so much fun. An hour of water play after which we were all wet and hungry and had to wrap up. That was one fun Sunday morning!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Posted in Busy Bag Activity, Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Math Activity

    Number Match Wheel – Preschool Math

    Number Match Wheel is a very simple math activity for preschoolers which helps develop number recognition, counting, number order, concentration & fine motor skills.

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    What you need

    • Cardstock or cardboard – i used empty cereal box
    • Markers
    • Scissors 
    • Clothespin
    • Permanent Marker

    How to

    • Flatten the cereal box and cut out a circle.
    • Divide it into ten sections.
    • Mark dots on each section to represent a number. I did 1 to 10.
    • Write the corresponding numbers on the clothespin.
    • Let your LOs count the dots on each section and match the clothespin to it.

    Miss A (3.5 yrs) did it with ease. She counted the first five segments and then understood that it follows numerical order, and then just pinned the numbers without counting the dots. ๐Ÿ˜œ If you think your kids will do the same, you can jumble the order or use higher sequence. Then, I pointed a segment, she counted the dots on it and matched the clothespin. That way she counted all the segments. Miss D (2.5 yrs) counted the dots upto 3 by herself, but needed help with matching the number on the clothespin.๐Ÿ˜€

    Other things we did

    • Jumbled the clothespin & ordered them in numerical sequence.
    • Spoke about which part of the wheel has the most dots and which one has the least.
    • Spoke about how number 1 is smallest and number 10 is biggest in the sequence 1-10.
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    Find the Missing Number – Fine Motor Math Activity

    Find the Missing Number activity is easy to set up and can be used to practice any number sequence depending on your kids ability. It helps develop number recognition & counting from a random place. You could also use this method to practice skip counting. Came across this activity on facebook (it was a video in fb ads – don’t remember which page) and tried it out.

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    What you need 

    • Clothespin
    • Craftstick
    • Marker

    How to

    • Write the number sequence on the craftstick – underline or leave blank space to indicate the missing number.
    • Write the missing number on the clothespin.

    Miss A(3.5 yrs) first thought she had to match the numbers on the clothespin to craftstick. Then, I showed her how to pick one craftstick at a time, go through the number sequence, check what number is not there and pick the matching clothespin to clip in the blanks. I did one with her, and she finished the rest in a breeze. She did repeat it once upon request (so mummy could take pictures ๐Ÿ˜‰). We should start working on higher number sequence.

    Posted in Caterpillar Crafts & Activities, Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Learn your name, Learning Alphabets, Math Activity, Patterning, Shapes & Colors, Sorting Activity, Spring Craft & Activities

    Caterpillar Theme Math & Literacy Activities – Toddlers & Preschoolers

    With just one week for spring, here are few caterpillar themed learning activities which we’ve been doing. Try it with your LOs. 

    Name Caterpillar – name recognition

    Cut out circles from construction paper and write your kids name on it. Use a white circle to make smiley face. Let your LOs glue them on to form their name to make a name caterpillar. For kids who dont know their name order yet, write it down on a piece if paper to help them pick the correct alphabet order. We laminated our work, and extended the activity – Write the name on round labels and let your kids match it to the caterpillar. Miss A(3yrs) and Miss D(2yrs) loved this activity. I left it on their shelf and every now and then they would ask me for more labels to match up.

    Number Caterpillar – number recognition, number order

    I printed out this template, wrote numbers on round labels and gave it to my LOs. They matched the numbers and put the labels on it. Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) did this activity when mommy was getting the lunch ready ๐Ÿ˜€

    Counting Caterpillar –number recognition, counting, one to one correspondence

    Print the above template, let your LOs use any math manipulatives and count with it. We used cubes. You could also do this with Pompoms, playdough, dot markers, stickers, finger paint, or color with crayons. This activity was a great exercise for Miss A(3yrs) to practice counting and develop number recognition. Whereas for Miss D(2yrs) it was about one to one correspondence – she was trying to place one block per circle.

    Shapes Caterpillar –shapes & color recognition 

    Cut out shapes from felt. On a cardstock, trace the shapes to make a shapes caterpillar. Stick the velcro dot stickers on the cardstock and on the felt pieces. Let your LOs match the shapes.Miss A(3yrs) and Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed this activity a lot. This was their most favourite of all. A would name the color and shape before placing it. D is learning the names of shapes, but she would match them perfectly. I put it up on our wall (using painters tape) – they do it every now and then.

    Color Sorting Caterpillar – color recognition 

    Cut circles from construction paper. Let your LOs glue them onto a paper to make a colorful caterpillar. Once done, draw legs, face and antennae. Give some pompoms to them to color match on the caterpillar. Thanks to our blogger friend joyful parenting for this cute idea ๐Ÿ˜€. Miss A (3yrs) enjoyed the gluing part, and was excited when i drew legs, face, antennae and laminated it for her. She was not very keen on the color sorting part mainly because she knows basic colors by now. Although she did it once – picking up the pompoms using tongs and placing them on the corresponding colors. Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed this activity a lot. She had fun gluing and more fun color sorting. She kept repeating it for a while picking the pompoms using spatula and matching it to the caterpillar.

    Patterns Caterpillar – patterning skills

    Print out a plain caterpillar template. Or draw a caterpillar. Laminate for reuse. I used round color coding labels to make patterns (AB & ABC patterns) before laminating. Leave some empty spaces to let your LOs find out what comes next. Miss A(3yrs) was able to do these simple patterns with some help. She liked using the acrylic leaves for this activity.

    Posted in Busy Bag Activity, Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Math Activity, Montessori, Shapes & Colors

    Count & Match the Chips – Color Gradient Math Activity

    Count & Match the Chips is an easy to set up math activity for toddlers & preschoolers. It develops number recognition, one to one correspondence, counting and color matching skills. Perfect for busy bags.

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    What you need

    • Paint chips – one large & one multi tone sample for each color you choose
    • Clothespin
    • Glue
    • Marker

    How to

    • Trim the large paint chips and write down numbers and mark dots to represent them. 
    • Laminate the paint chips. This is optional. I did it because we used them as flash cards. 
    • Cut & Glue the multi tone colors on the clothespin – for each color to match the number on the large paint chips. Eg – Blue chip with number 4, would need four clothespin with different shades of blue on each.
    • Let your kids count and match or color sort and match the clothespin to the paint chip.

    I gave the paint chip cards to my LOs the evening before we did this activity. They used it as flash cards. Miss A(3yrs) would count the dots on the card to identify the number and then she looked at the number itself. Miss D(2yrs) used it to learn colors and also tried to count the dots on it  just like her sis and she did great with 1 & 2.

      The next day when they asked for the cards, i gave them the clothespin along with it. Told them to count the dots and match the clothespin to it. 

      This activity was self correcting. A knows the color gradients i had used here. We did a Color   Gradient Matching activity with the same colors before. Infact, i reused the same clothespin. ๐Ÿ˜€ Whenever she made an error with counting she would use the colors on the clothespin to correct it. She did not need my help. Once she was done, we arranged it in numerical order. ๐Ÿ‘

      D tried to match the clothespin to the cards looking at the colors. She got most of it right – She needed some help with the pale color tones. By the end of the day, she was able to do it all by herself. ๐Ÿ˜€ Those cards were good for her number recognition skills- we looked at each card together & she repeated the numbers after me. She surprised me with the way she handled the clothespin – first activity where she didn’t break any ๐Ÿ˜‰

      This activity was a big hit, my LOs kept repeating it throughout the day. This was Miss A’s go to activity for the next couple of days – i think she enjoyed the independence – where she could self correct. It built her confidence in counting exercises.๐Ÿ˜€

      Posted in Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Math Activity

      Count & Stamp – Preschool Math

      Count & Stamp math activity helps your LOs develop number recognition and counting skills.

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      What you need

      • Ink stamps
      • Paper 
      • Markers 

      How to

      • Write down numbers on a paper
      • Let your LOs identify the number and stamp while counting.

        This was a quick evening math activity for Miss A(3yrs). A was very excited to use the new animal stamps. She would point out and say what number it was, then pick the stamps and count while stamping. We did from 1-6 twice and 1-8 twice. ๐Ÿ˜€