Simple ways to add counting in your preschooler’s day are the best, aren’t they? If you agree, you’ll love this flower counting activity. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will recognize a similar counting activity we did during small groups.
And yes, those are the very same silk flowers. I had leftovers in our storage box that were just waiting to be used!
This flower counting activity works well independently. Now that I think of it, this needs to be added to our math tray collection! It would be an easy one to set up at the kitchen table, for those of you at home.
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Flower Counting Activity
What we used:
Silk flowers (we got ours at the dollar store)
Preparing this activity:
I glued the flower pieces to the tops of the craft sticks and let dry completely.
I set the materials at our independent work table and modeled how to poke the sticks into the foam.
We spent some time simply rearranging the flowers, working on our fine motor skills.
Then, I added some counting. I asked them to put 2 flowers on the block. Then 3. Then 4. I went as high as they could go.
And then instead of saying the number, I placed a number in front of the foam block, inviting number recognition to this activity. For some of the preschoolers, this was much more challenging, especially when I did not go in numerical order.
Like many of our counting activities, this can be adapted to your child’s skill level. Using 2 blocks, you could do some simple addition or subtraction. When your child is able to write his numbers, have him write them on a white board.
For younger children, simply play with them by poking them in playdough. Help your child count as she’s adding them or removing them from the playdough.
Here are more math ideas for young children: