You know all those toys you have in your classroom or home? They make easy learning activities! Recently I wrote a guest post over at the Melissa & Doug blog showing how toddlers and preschoolers can learn how to count with toys. You can take all of a toy, or just pieces from a toy, even mixing several toys together.
Can I get your input, too? Scroll down to the comments section and share how you’ve used toys to create learning activities. I’d love to share it in a future blog post!
Learn How to Count with Toys
Last month I wrote a guest post for Melissa & Doug on how we use toys to teach shapes. When Melissa & Doug sent me some farm toys, I immediately had an idea on using them for a small group math activity. I was able to adapt it for our toddlers, too, using a simpler idea. Head on over to see just what we did!
More counting activities using toys:
I decided to have even more fun with this and check out how other bloggers have used toys for counting activities.
Counting Trains: Use your child’s toy train collection for a hands-on manipulative to use to learn simple math skills like counting, 1:1 correspondence, and addition/ subtraction. (School Time Snippets)
Counting and Measuring with Lego: Using numbered lego blocks is great for recognizing numbers, counting, ordering, and measuring. (The Imagination Tree)
Car Parking Lot Math Game: Play this parking lot game with your next transportation themed unit or just for fun! (Life Over C’s)
Counting Game: Use your choice of small toys for this fun kids number game. (B-Inspired Mama for Kids Activities Blog)
Playroom Count and Match: Find enough items from the playroom that are obviously alike for the groupings, sort and then count! (No Time for Flashcards)
Transportation Graphing: Round up some different “modes” of transportation for this graphing activity. Sort by land, sea and air. (I Can Teach My Child)
Color Sorting Math Game: Sort toys by color, place on a graph, and count. (Frugal Fun 4 Boys)
Measuring with Magnatiles: Measure various-sized toys you find around the room. (And Next Comes L)
Here are even more math ideas for young children: