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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. 😜 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.😀

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 😉). We should start working on higher number sequence.

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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 😀

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 😀. 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.


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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. 😀 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. 👍

    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. 😀 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 😉

    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.😀

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    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. 😀

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      Valentines Literacy & Math Activities – Toddlers & Preschoolers

      ❤️ Happy Valentines Day!! ❤️

      Here are some simple literacy and math activities to theme with Valentines month.. 

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      Valentine Name Recognition Activity


      Cut out hearts from construction paper. Write your LOs name on it. You can laminate it, if you plan to reuse. Fill in the alphabets on the round labels or Heart stickers and let them match it. You can also match uppercase to lowercase.

      Valentine Alphabet Match


      Cut out heart from construction paper. Write the alphabets on it. You can laminate it, if you plan to reuse. Write the alphabets on the round labels or Heart stickers and let your LOs match it. You can match uppercase to lowercase too.

      Valentine Number Match


      Cut out heart from construction paper. Write the numbers on it. You can laminate it, if you plan to reuse. Write the numbers on the round labels or Heart stickers and let your LOs match it.


      Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed these activities. They are pro when it comes to their name. A did perfectly fine with numbers & alphabet match. D was not interesting in number match but surprised me with the alphabet match. She did most of it all by herself. I set these out last week for them. We laminated our heart sheets so they repeated it every now and then the whole week. 👍

      Also check out Counting Hearts – Valentine Counting Activity 

      Check out other Valentine Activities

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      DIY Parking Garage – Learn Colors, Numbers & Counting

      DIY Parking Garage is a very simple & frugal activity i put up one evening when we didn’t have any planned activities and my LOs were very BORED. It encourages imagination through pretend play, and also helps develop number recognition, color recognition & counting skills – perfect for toddlers & preschoolers. 

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      What we used

      • Shoe box
      • Toy cars
      • Bear Counters
      • Markers
      • Bows
      • Round labels

      How to

      • Cut the ramp into the shoe box so that the cars could drive in. 
      • You can choose a bigger box if you plan on doing more numbers or colors ( eg. Pizza box)
      • Depending on the size of the box & the toy cars you have, mark and number the lots.
      • Write numbers on round labels and stick them on the toy cars. 
      • You can color the lots to match your cars, i just used the leftover Christmas gift bows.
      • You garage is now ready to play with. Let imaginations unfold.

      Miss D (2yrs) is really fond of cars. This one was mainly for her, but to my surprise Miss A(3yrs) wanted one of her own to play. So we ended up making two and the girls were busy until it was time for dinner. I just gave the garage & cars to D, and she started to match them to the bows all by herself. Then, encouraged her to look at the numbers on the cars and match them to the numbers on the lot.Our garage had numbers from 1-4 on one and 1-3 on the other. For Miss A, it was too simple. So we did some counting exercise. We took out our bear counters and used them as passengers waiting to be picked up. So in lot 1, one passenger is waiting to be picked. In lot 2, two passengers are waiting to be picked and so on. Then the girls took over all by themselves and had some racing fun all over the living room. 😀