Valentine Math Roll and Color Activity

Roll and color games are a fun way for kids to practice early math skills without it feeling like work.  We’ve had so much great feedback on our previous roll and color sets that we just had to make another set for Valentine’s Day. In this free printable valentine math activity kids will practice counting sets and coloring in the heart with the corresponding number. If you’re teaching kids different early math skills the full roll and color heart set covers {Read More}

Winter Counting Art Snowflake Emergent Reader

Art. Math. Science. Reading. Sensory Play. Outdoor play. Pretend play. Social skills. Self-help skills. There is SOOOO much to to incorporate into our busy days with preschoolers and kindergarteners, so whenever I can I love to do activities that touch on a variety of key areas. It saves planning time, exposes kids to a variety of skills, and gives us extra time in our day to do other things.  We recently used the snowflake emergent reader for our snowflake lesson {Read More}

Free Printable Christmas Tree Number Matching Math Activity

My kindergartener had so much fun with our roll and color fall leaves and our roll and color turkey feather sets that it just made sense to go ahead and make a Christmas version too. I think we’ll be making quite a few of these sets in the future.  Kids love them, and they are an engaging, hands-on way to practice early math skills. In this free printable Christmas tree number matching activity kids get the chance to practice number recognition as they {Read More}

Apple Ten Frame Fine Motor Math

In the fall we like to use apples for a lot of hands-on learning.In the past we’ve used “falling” apples to practice addition. We’ve done apple threading to spell our names and other words. And we’ve tried this fun fine motor twist on “bobbing” for apples. This year we added an extra fun challenge to our math time with this apple ten frame fine motor math activity. Use it to practice a variety of math skills while trying to balance the {Read More}

Ten Apples Up on Top Play Dough

Fall and apples  go hand and hand for us, so we always like to find some new ways to play and learn with apples this time of year. Recently my youngest child learned to read Ten Apples Up on Top all by herself, and she’s very proud. She’s been reading it over and over again, so I thought we’d do some follow up activities to go along with her enthusiasm. This is also a terrific book to use at home {Read More}

Listen and Spray Counting Game

Like most three year olds, my daughter loves to engage in imaginative play any chance she gets. One of her favorite activities is helping clean the house alongside me with her spray bottle. I thought; why not turn her love for spraying into a fun number recognition game outside? And on the plus side, now my floors would stay dry for a little while! In addition to the excitement of getting to spray water, this activity really promotes fine motor {Read More}

Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough

Whenever we can combine a great book, play dough, and hands-on learning I know we’ve got a recipe for a memorable activity that the kids will love. As we’re sailing into summer we’ve been reading some of our favorite fish books. We’re also reviewing teen numbers, so I though this Rainbow Fish counting play dough activity would be a fun way to practice both number recognition and counting. Materials for Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Purple and {Read More}

Pom Pom Addition Math Activity

Kids love playing with pom poms. We paint with them, use them for sensory bin filler, and play often, because the texture and bright colors are so engaging. If you need a quick activity to help little ones practice counting and combining sets, this pom pom addition activity is perfect. Start by gathering some pom poms and two cups. Have kids place the cups over the pom poms and slowly drag the cups away from the pile until they have {Read More}

Preschool Math with Pom Poms

How do I teach preschool math? What concepts should I include? Where do I find materials? These are common questions I hear from readers and members of the Home Preschool Help Facebook group. In my opinion preschool math is best taught through hands-on activities where children have the opportunity to touch and interact with learning materials. And the truth is you probably have all you need to teach preschool math at your fingertips. Whether you’re teaching preschool at home or {Read More}

Chalk Counting Garden

When introducing a new activity to kids, it can be helpful to present similar learning goals in a variety of ways. This gives kids multiple opportunities to practice a new skill. Last week we shared our play dough counting garden. In that activity Tinker used play dough to create sets of flower petals to match a number. That activity inspired this outdoor version. Whenever we can take learning outside, it’s a hit! Set Up the Counting Garden Invitation While Tinker {Read More}