Skip to Content

3 Fun Ways to Teach Preschool Math

Preschool is a fun filled age in a child’s life, or at least that is what I have read. J is just getting started in this stage. I do however strive to make all the things I teach her fun or game oriented. Play is how they learn best at this age. Today I will be sharing 3 fun ways to teach preschool math. Let’s walk.

Looking for fun preschool activities? Here are 3 fun ways to teach preschool math

Patterning

Being able to recognize patterns is an other skill in preschool math that needs to be developed. Sure I could simply show you a printable that u created, but where is the fun in that? Hence I created these templates so that J and I could use to practice patterns.

Whenever I give J Goldfish crackers to eat, she simply eats one and then leaves the rest. As a result we have almost an entire bag left. What is a preschool mommy to do? Use them for patterning. In the image below, we created patterns with Wheat Thins and Goldfish crackers. To step it up, you could also introduce a third item into the patterning sequence. Patterning never tasted this good.

pattern mat with crackers for preschool math

 

Counting

The last fun way to teach preschool math is with a board game. Although I may have single-handedly lost every game to my preschooler, Bones is still a game we like. Think snakes and ladders except its bone themed. With this game we can practice counting as well as simple addition. Click the image below to download yours.

x-ray and bones game: preschool math

Board Games

Who doesn’t love a great board game? Not only are they fun but they allow you to truly enjoy the time you are spending with your family (that is unless you are losing).

Board games also help your preschooler to work on:

  • pattern recognition
  • math skills (subitizing – looking at a dice and knowing the amount without counting)
  • eye- hand coordination

A board game that we have just started using recently is the Hungry Minds Study Games Box. This box contains 4 games that can be switched out and is adaptable to any concept that we may be teaching. For example, if I wanted to teach J about arctic animals (yes, it is almost summer but she is obsessed right now with them), I would use the cards with animal names. If I wanted to work on number identification, then I would use the cards accordingly.

Looking for fun preschool activities? Here are 3 fun ways to teach preschool math

If you are curious about this games box, you can get a free printable version as well as video on how to use it by clicking here.

What fun ways do you teach preschool math?

 

Other Posts You May Enjoy

Looking for a few fun kindergarten activities? Why not make a few magnets with your kids? Math preschool sensory activities with playdough mats

Anne Weir

Sunday 14th of August 2016

Sorry Alecia the link to the free game does not work Godbless Anne

Meg

Monday 28th of March 2016

We love board games around here, and I've thought several times what a great, sneaky way it is to teach counting in a very real-world setting. Hooray for authentic learning. I love the patterns with snack foods idea. My Little Man loves doing patterns, but I'd never done it with snacks before. What a great, simple game. Thanks.

Kerry

Monday 28th of March 2016

Some good ideas! Pinning...

Heather H

Thursday 10th of December 2015

I love the hands-on patterning with the goldfish and crackers. Thanks for sharing with the #made4kids linkup.

25 Math Games for Kids ⋆ Study at Home Mama

Thursday 6th of August 2015

[…] Learning2Walk (who provides the free CVC printables for our series) has three free math game printables, for shape recognition, graphing, and a math board game. Laminate the printables to get more use […]