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In order to help children develop mathematical skills, we need to start young by introducing purposeful preschool math activities and games. These fun math activities for preschoolers through 3rd graders will help your children learn math concepts. I am partnering with ReadingEggs to share these 5 fun math activities for preschoolers through third graders.
When we teach math, it’s important to remember that our children have a natural curiosity that will help. Young children begin playing with math early on, even if they don’t realize it. They build with blocks, sort by size, and play math games (like Checkers!)
Fun Math Activities for Preschoolers & Beyond.
Here are some hands-on activities to help with your child’s math lesson. Remember to make these new math skills interesting to your child by introducing them through a great activity!
1. Counting Bears & Sorting Bears
When looking for math activities for preschoolers & kindergartners, Counting Bears is always a favorite. Young children will love this counting activity!
You can use Counting Bears to practice counting and sorting. Count the bears first and talk about how many bears you have in all. Next, sort the bears by color. Talk about how many bears you have in each color group.
As your child progresses with age and understanding, you can begin using them as you teach your child to add, subtract, graph, and more!
You are welcome to download and print this free printable color sorting mat.
2. Use Mathseeds & Reading Eggs
“Number sense is the cornerstone for success in math and has lifelong implications for a child.” – ReadingEggs.com
You’ve probably heard me talk about why I recommend Reading Eggs & Mathseeds before (you get access to both with the 30-day free trial here). Your child can play on the app or on their website.
If you want your child to learn number sense and early mathematical skills, this is the ticket. Mathseeds teaches kids aged 3-9 the core math and problem-solving skills that they need in order to be successful in math.
Each grade level on Mathseeds has one on one lessons, plus more than 35+ guided activities where they can learn shapes, geometry, data and measurement, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (depending on their grade & level.)
There are so many interactive, rewarding math lessons and games. Plus, it structures your child’s activities and lessons based on how your child is doing. If your child is struggling in one area, Mathseeds will spend more time there. If your child is advancing to the next concept, Mathseeds will move them along.
FREE 30-Day Subscription: You can use it free for 30 days with their free 30-day trial. When you sign up through the ‘Reading Eggs Learn to Read’ app or website, you automatically get free access, for 30 days, to these other premium learning sites: Reading Eggs, Reading Eggs Junior, Reading Eggspress, Fast Phonics, and Mathseeds.
Check out this recent ‘Reading Eggs’ mention on the Jimmy Fallon show…
3. Printable Worksheets
You can print & use any of the practice worksheets from Mathseeds & Reading Eggs. With more than 500 worksheets, you’ll have a lot of ways to practice math skills. Plus, they each come with an explanation of how to use the worksheet & the math skills that your child is learning.
Math Worksheets are great practice because they go beyond helping teach your child how to recognize numbers and count. They also help with fine motor skills as they are writing, tracing, coloring, and manipulating objects to use with the sheet.
You can even make your own worksheets that your child can use when paired with seeds, cubes, candy, or anything that you have around your house!
4. Teach Ten Frames
Ten-frames are a great math tool! You will often find these in a math center at schools.
Ten-Frames help children understand one-to-one correspondence. They also help children recognize how numbers to quantity. Ten-Frames work well when teaching place value and regrouping, as well.
You are welcome to print this Ten-Frame sheet:
5. Everyday Examples
Every single day, you will see examples of math in the home. Here are a few examples:
- Cooking with measuring spoons & cups
- When you are driving, show your child the speedometer.
- At the store, show your child the price.
- Count money when you need to make a purchase.
- Make a goal of saving $1.00 and have your child help you reach it by using only coins that they find.
- Play “store” at home and add prices to things.
- Talk about birthdays and ages of family members.
- Read books and notice the page numbers.
- Use a calendar every day to talk about days of the week and months of the year.
There are so many more ideas, but I hope these get you started on ideas for fun Math Activities for Preschoolers through 3rd Graders!
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