Learning how to make math fun for preschoolers can feel like a challenge. Do you sit them down and do flashcards? Or what about worksheets?
Are they having fun? Is this enjoyable?
The key to getting young children excited about math is to make it fun so that they don’t even realize they are learning something. There is no pressure. No drilling. And you certainly don’t need flashcards and worksheets.
I’ve put together a collection of activities that will build that foundation for kids to enjoy math. Take a look and let me know which ones you try!
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How to Make Math Fun for Preschoolers
Counting and Playing with 10 Ducks: We love putting together activities based on favorite counting picture books. This sensory math play is based on Eric Carle’s book 10 Rubber Ducks.
Roll and Dot the Number: This is a good game for preschoolers who can identify numbers 1-6. The child rolls the die and then identifies the number represented by the dots on the die. They find that number on the free printable that is provided and stamps it with a marker. (From Mom Inspired Life)
Race to Fill the Cup: Any small items and a cup work fine with this game. The first person to fill the cup wins! (From Frugal Fun for Boys)
Rainy Day Math Game: Here’s a fun a weather game that encourages your preschooler to practice number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and patterning. (From My Nearest and Dearest)
Counting and Measuring with Lego: I love how easy this is! If you have Duplo bricks, you can write directly on them – numbers are on one side and dots (to count) are on the other. Go as high as your child is ready for. (From The Imagination Tree)
Ladybug Number Game: Using craft sticks and ladybug clothespins, recognize the number on the stick and place that many ladybugs on it. What I love is that this can be adjusted for your child’s counting skills. (From Housing a Forest)
Bug Math Game: This game is perfect in your learning center or on the kitchen table. Roll the die, count the bugs, and put them in the jar. (From the Measured Mom)
Roll a Duplo Tower: Roll the die and see who can build the tallest tower! Lego lovers will especially enjoy this construction game. (From Stir the Wonder)
Fishing Math Game: Practice 1:1 correspondence and color recognition while fishing for numbers. You can even decorate your own fishing pole! (From Buggy and Buddy)
Pom Pom Counting Activity: This is a simple DIY idea that also strengthens fine motor skills while using tongs. (From Laughing Kids Learn)
Here are other fun ways to add math to your preschooler’s day:
Involve them in cooking and baking, sort laundry, weigh produce in the store, count steps while going up the stairs, play board games, and read picture books that involve counting!
You can find even more math ideas on my pin board!
More activities to try: