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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.πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜‰). We should start working on higher number sequence.

Posted in Math Activity, Shapes & Colors

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.

        Posted in Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Math Activity, Pasta Crafts, Spring Activity

        Rainbow Flower Counting – Preschool Math

        Rainbow flower counting is an easy & simple math game for preschoolers. Its perfect for spring and great for practicing counting.


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        What you need

        How to

        • Draw the flower outline on a cardstock or paper and laminate.
        • Place the colored pasta, the flower outline and dice on a tray – invite kids to play.
        • Let your LOs roll the dice, count the dots on it and place the corresponding number of petals(pasta) onto the flower. Repeat as many times as you want.

          Miss A(3yrs) & I played together. We took turns and she liked to add colorful petals to the flower. We used a dice with dots, you could also use the dice with numbers on them to build number recognition skills. It was more easy for A to count and place pastas than to point and count the dots. We played along until we covered all the numbers on the dice.

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              Bottle cap Match – Size Comparison Activity

              Bottle cap match is a simple sorting activity for toddlers & preschoolers which helps develop shape & size recognition. It is a great activity to practice ordering by size.πŸ‘

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              What you need

              • Bottle caps – different sizes
              • Cardstock 
              • Marker

              How to

              • Trace the caps on the cardstock using markers.
              • Give the cardstock and caps to your LOs. Let them match the caps to the outline.

              Miss A(3yrs) did great with this activity. She was able to match the caps to the outline with no help. She would correct herself if she mismatched any. She was able to point out which is the biggest of all and the smallest of all. We picked three caps of different sizes at a time, and ordered them big, medium and small. She wasnt interested to arrange all the caps from biggest to smallest. I left it on the shelf for a week and she did it atleast once everyday. πŸ˜€

              Miss D(2yrs) surprised me. She was able to do most of it. She did need some help when it came to caps very close in size. A was happy to help lil sis. We spoke about how the caps were different in sizes and she was able to differentiate between big and small given any two caps of different sizes.πŸ˜€

                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 πŸ˜€

                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 πŸ˜€. 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.