Inside: How to make fun math activities for preschoolers – our favorite collection of hands on ideas!
Learning how to make math fun for preschoolers can feel like a challenge.
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.
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!
How to Make Fun Math Activities 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.
Count the Fish: This fish counting activity for preschool builds simple math skills and can be done in a variety of ways. (Free Printable!)
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. (Fun Learning for Kids)
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)
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)
Domino Line Up: Grab some dominoes and work on counting with 1:1 correspondence, number recognition, and more! (Busy Toddler)
Count the Drops: Build fine motor skills while squeezing liquid on to the dots – and count along the way! (Teach Beside Me)
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!