Friday, August 7, 2009

* Preschool At Home: Number Games You Can Count On


We've been making up our own
little "counting games"
around here.

I love the way you can count
and sort any collection with your kids.
It keeps them busy,
gets their little brains going,
and reinforces those math skills during summer vacation.


This re-purposed egg carton
has been perfect for counting and sorting
mini-sea shells, buttons, etc.
It is Styrofoam so I couldn't recycle it...
(I've been saving my cardboard cartons for all kinds of fun projects!)


We've been sorting and counting:
buttons,
shells,
toy insects,
frogs (plastic not real)
barbie shoes,
glass marbles,
pine cones,
legos,
smarties (candy - we call it "Smarty Math"),
and jelly beans
to name a few....


I printed out these great counting 1-10
flash cards from Playful Learning
Here's a link to the counting cards!
(She used sea shells with her 3 year old)

I printed mine on lavender card stock
and set them on a tray with a bowl
of glass "rocks" from the dollar store.


Counting to ten is exhausting when you're only 2 and a half!
Mini-Saurus "C" can't actually count all the way to 10
by herself yet but she repeats back the names
of the numbers as we say them together
and she "gets" how to line up the glass stones
on the dots of the flash cards.

12 comments:

Georgine said...

What a cool idea! B counts pretty well, letters are another story! I really need to figure a fun way to do letters ooh and writing letters! Thanks for the idea.

sandy said...

Great ideas! I think I'll do some of these activities with my three year old!

Jennifer said...

You have to love the glass rocks from the $1 store! We use them to make fun magnets with scrapbook paper glued to the back.

Jennifer said...

Love the glass rocks from the dollar store. We use them to make magnets with fun scrapbook paper.

Anne said...

Yay! I love counting games, too! I can't wait to explore your blog - I can tell I'm going to be inspired!

Valerie said...

Great counting games! I'm always looking for new ideas, so we'll be sure to try some of these!

Court said...

What a neat idea, we could use all those cool colored pebbles from our wedding...

Julie said...

I just found your blog today and I love it!!! You have so many wonderful ideas that I can't wait to try! Now I have to go bribe my hubby to make the fairy house!

Green Mamma said...

I like this idea; is it Montessori influenced?

Pink & Green Mama said...

Green Mama, To answer your question -- I think a lot of what I do with the girls is Montessori influenced but a lot of the time I do it unconsciously!! : ) Thanks for reading and commenting! Fondly, MaryLea (aka Pink and Green Mama)

Pink & Green Mama said...

Green Mama, To answer your question -- I think a lot of what I do with the girls is Montessori influenced but a lot of the time I do it unconsciously!! : ) Thanks for reading and commenting! Fondly, MaryLea (aka Pink and Green Mama)

Mariah said...

I love the egg carton idea!

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