Continuing Early Math Activities
Bead Stringing: For another patterning activity, begin stringing chunky beads in a distinct pattern with children. Leave some room on the string and ask children to finish the pattern you've started.
Number Puzzles: Create self-correcting, two piece number puzzles using cardboard or posterboard. On one side of the puzzle, write a number. On the other side, draw the corresponding number of dots. You may also use star or circle stickers to create your puzzles. Be sure to cut each puzzle you create in a unique way to make the puzzles self-correcting.
Shape Lotto: Many preschoolers will be able to differentiate between several shapes such as circle, square, heart and star. To reinforce these skills, create a simple lotto game to play with your preschool class. Lotto is just like Bingo, but uses only pictures instead of letters and numbers. Allow children to use Bingo markers or chips to cover their spaces. This activity can be done collaboratively, allowing older preschoolers to assist younger children.
Calendar Math: Most preschool days begin with a large group circle time that involve calendar activities. Include math in these calendar activities by counting how many days you have been in school, how many days are left in the month, how many days until a classmate's birthday, etc. Be sure to point to the days as you count them in order to reinforce one to one correspondence.
Graphing: As a sign in activity, ask children to perform a simple activity such as put a sticker in the correct column of a chart that asks "What color is your hair?". Bring the chart with you to your early morning circle time, and create a bar graph with your class based on the data collected at sign in. Be sure to count stickers out loud together with your students to reinforce one to one correspondence.