They could be counting the pieces that are involved in an art project, or while putting together shape puzzles with friends, or using the play cash register in the dramatics area.Math can be done at school or at home, indoors and out, while on a walk around the neighborhood, even while in the grocery store.Let me just get it out there that I did not like math as a child.
I tried math trays during centers time, large group math activities during circle time, and even math activities during small groups time.
Eventually I came to a perfect solution, which I will share later in this post.
I am a strong believer in allowing young children to use their five senses during learning activities, math included.
They could be sitting and staring at numbers on a sheet of paper, or on an index card, OR they could be exploring numbers while sorting, measuring, counting, reading, singing and cooking.
Kids are constantly curious, asking questions and exploring the world around them.
Parents can have a blast helping their little ones to grow through play at this stage. Here are 10 simple and fun activities for parents and preschoolers to do together: Three-year olds are often big fans of drawing.What I learned is that math can be done during all three of those times, and other times as well.And so, this is how we engage our preschoolers into the world of math.I do use some printable math activities in my classroom (see the link towards the end of this post for some freebies), but I am very mindful that these are to be included with other hands-on manipulative activities.If you were to walk into my preschool classroom, you’d notice learning taking place all over the classroom, and not just at one part of our day.Draw letters in pencil and have your children go over your writing with markers. Children can gain fine motor skills as they move puzzle pieces and place them in the correct spots.Look for puzzles with pieces that have pegs to make it easy for little hands to use them.Sort Legos by Color Sort Flowers by Color Sort Colors to make a Hanging Rainbow Sort Bears by Color Sort Rainbow Macaroni for a Necklace Sort Pom Poms and Other Pieces in the Sensory Bin Sort Fish by Color in the Water Table Sort Pieces to make a Rainbow Sort Hearts by Color Sort Letters One of my favorite ways to add some simple counting is during art projects. In our journals with stickers, puzzles, overhead projector, cookie cutters at the play dough table, etc. Apple Sorting and Counting Apple Counting and 1:1 Correspondence There are so many picture books include math.While we do have a “shape of the month”, I feel the same about it as I do “letter of the week”. I love to use these books for circle time activities, or during small groups. They'll make circular people with stick limbs and funny faces all day if you let them!Use this penchant for art by helping them trace letters.