Everyday Math Play in Preschool!

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Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
We add math every day in all areas of our preschool classroom to encourage the children to explore numbers in a variety of ways…


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SORTING
These are the obvious sorting activities, but there are so many others that just seem to happen naturally throughout our morning. Putting things away in proper bins, sorting what goes into the trash and what goes back into the bag at snack time, sorting the colored markers when putting them away.

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
 
COOKING AND MEASURING
So much math is being learned while we do even the simplest cooking activities and any activities involving measuring! How many? What shape? How full? How much?
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
 
LARGE MOTOR GAMES
Yes, even in the gym and outdoors we are counting and identifying! Hopscotch, tossing beanbags until the bucket is full, counting how many spins a child takes on the spinner, counting while rocking on the rocky boat, assembling the large waffle blocks….
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
You can find a list of our favorite fine motor toys here.
 
ART PROJECTS
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
SIZE AND MEASUREMENT
One of my favorite moments last year was when my boy-heavy 3’s class connected pieces that almost reached across the classroom. They used rulers to figure out how long it was, and then they got down on their backs so we could see how many children were as long as the pieces. What a wonderful learning moment!
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Here are some of our favorite tray activities!
SHAPES
We learn about and draw shapes in many ways. In our journals with stickers, puzzles, overhead projector, cookie cutters at the play dough table, etc. While we do have a “shape of the month”, I feel the same about it as I do “letter of the week”. Why devote one specific time for each one? We are exposed to all of them each day!
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
COUNTING
We count all morning long, in so many ways. But here are some activities we have done recently:
 
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Adding a bit of math to your every day.
 
 
We also read many books that help with counting and sorting, as well as fingerplays and songs!
 
 
MATH IN SMALL GROUPS
 
 
Looking for more ideas?
 
 
Deborah from Teach Preschool wrote a wonderful post on her website called Everyday Math In Preschool

Preschool Math Activities (education.com)

Books About Math (No Time for Flashcards)

Math Activities (A Mom with a Lesson Plan)




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Comments

  1. How fabulous. Just love the pictures! So wonderful to see young children so involved in learning.. and they don’t even know it’s happening, they’re just having fun! Keep up the fabulous work! x Debs from Learn with Play @ home

  2. LOVE this blog site! :) I am your newest follower and will be coming here frequently to try your ideas! :)

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