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Dot the Numbers – Preschool Math

Dot the Numbers is a simple math activity for toddlers & preschoolers. It helps develop number recognition, color recognition and fine motor skills. You can customize this activity for any number series you are working with.

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What you need

  • Paper
  • Color coding labels
  • Marker

How to

  • Jumble and write numbers on the paper. Choose 4 to 5 numbers.
  • On the bottom of the paper write the numbers and stick one color label for each.
  • Let your LOs identify each number, say it out loud and stick the appropriate label on it.
  • You can also use “do a dot marker” to dot the numbers.

I presented this activity to Miss D(3) today morning and told her what to do with it. She did two sheets – one with numbers 6-9 and the other with 11-14. She did the 6-9 in a breeze. Named the number, color, pointed out the numbers among the jumble and put the appropriate stickers on them. She finished one number at a time(all 7’s) and then moved on to the next.When it came to 11-14, she needed some help naming the number, then did the rest by herself – pointing & naming the number, color and place the matching stickers on it. She made sure the labels covered the numbers entirely. I could say she was so proud of herself when she was done. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Velcro Craftsticks

I made these Velcro Craftsticks a year back (realized it when i was looking at the post, to reblog ๐Ÿ˜‰). We took it out recently and my 3 &4 year old simply love creating with it. They make shapes, build structures like house, boat, create patterns, form alphabets, numbers, sort by colors and use it for counting. The best part – they don’t need me when they play with it ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š.This has been one of our favourite quiet activity in shelf this month – i had to make more of these. Very easy to make and so much fun to learn with.

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Simple DIYs - Kids Activities

Velcro Craftsticks is a simple & inexpensive Diy I came across on Pinterest. It takes less than 10 mins to set up and keeps your LOs busy for a while.. Also a creative way to learn shapes, numbers, colors, alphabets & patterns..

What you need

  • Jumbo Colored Craftsticks
  • Velcro dot stickers

How to

  • Each velcro pair is made of a fuzzy side and a rough side. For one craftstick you will need two pairs of velcro dots.
  • Take a craftstick and stick the fuzzy side of the velcro dots on the both the ends.
  • Turn the craftstick over and stick the rough side of the velcro dots on both the ends.
  • Repeat this for as many craftsticks you want.
  • Your craftsticks are now ready to play with. Let your kids unleash their creativity.

If you dont have the jumbo craftsticks, you could use regular ones- just cut your velcro dotsโ€ฆ

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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.

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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. 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.

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    DIY Shape Puppets

    Shape puppets are very easy to make and are a fun way to review shapes, learn how many sides & corners each shape has.

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     What you need

    • Cardstock
    • Permanent Marker
    • Craftsticks
    • Scissors
    • Glue

    How to

    • Draw the shapes outline on a cardstock. I used empty cereal box.
    • Use scissors to cut shapes and write the shapes name on it. I made two of each shape.
    • Glue it to the craftstick.

    Miss A(3.5 yrs) will be starting school this September and I want to make sure she learned all the basic shapes. She knows most of the shapes, so i added three new shapes to this activity – semicircle, pentagon & octagon.

    Miss D(2.5 yrs) has started to learn shapes and names a few. She totally took me by surprise – she knew more than I thought.

    Heres how we played with it

    • I gave them each 12 shape puppets.
    • I name a shape, they pick & show the matching shape puppet. 
    • D would pick a shape, A would match it with hers and vice versa.
    • I hold the puppets, they name the shape. They say it right, they get to have the shape. If they can’t remember, we move on to the next shape and revisit it later.

    We did this for all the twelve shapes. Then we moved on to scavenger hunt. 

    • They got to pick a shape and find items in their toy bin which was in the same shape.
    • I arranged a few items in a tray and they placed the matching shape puppets near it.

    Other things we did

    • We made up songs for each shape – so its easy to remember. A remembered some of it and kept singing it. 
    • We learnt to depict heart, triangle and diamond shape using hands
    • Match the shapes.
    • Then ended this activity by reading – look & learn shapes book.

    This activity was so much fun for my LOs. A whole hour of learning shapes and they didn’t realize how long they stay put. 

    They played with these puppets in the evening all by themselves- naming and matching the shapes. By the end of the day, A named all the twelve shapes & D named most of them. For few shapes like square – A says it has 4 equal sides, for rectangle – she says 2 big sides and 2 small sides, for circle – she says round and so on.

      Posted in Counting Activities, Easter Craft & Activities, Math Activity, Shapes & Colors, Spring Craft & Activities

      DIY Counting Bunny Puzzle

      Make this simple Bunny Puzzle for your LOs for some counting fun. This activity develops number recognition, color recognition and counting skills.

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      What you need

      • Craft foam
      • Scissors 
      • Markers 

      How to

      • Cut out bunny shapes from the foam sheets – i used precut foam bunnies.
      • Cut each foam bunny into three horizontal parts using different types of lines. Zig-zags, wiggly lines, curved lines – keep it big enough to be able to write on.
      • Use markers to write the numerals, number words and dots on each part of the bunny.
      • Give the puzzle pieces to your LOs to match the bunnies.

      For kids who are not into counting, just cut the foam bunny into parts and give the puzzle pieces to them to make a match.

          Miss A(3.5yrs) did the counting bunny puzzle. Since we used different colors for each number it was a easy for her. We counted the dots on each bunny to verify if it matches with the number and also learned to recognize the number words. After matching the bunnies we arranged them in numerical order.

          Miss D(2yrs) did this activity with utmost sincerity. She matched the puzzles by color and named the colors of the bunnies she matched. She was so happy everytime she fixed the bunny that she clapped for herself.