Pre-schoolers are the cutest and the fussiest bunch of children. It’s not easy to hold their interest for long especially when it comes to teaching them math. So, we have come up with some easy and fun activities that can help develop their interest in numbers and essentially math.
The fundamental building block of mathematics is all about understanding numbers and quantities. Handling and counting items are one of the finest methods to build these basics or number sense. We can listen to toddlers repeat numbers in order, but we want them to apply that knowledge to counting things and grasp that the numbers reflect the amount of goods.
Counting games and activities empower toddlers to “play” with numbers which helps them develop arithmetic abilities and number awareness in a natural way. These few suggestions might assist you in developing arithmetic and counting abilities within toddlers.3 Math Fun Learning Activities for Pre-schoolers:
1. Number Recognition And Counting Activity With Play Dough Numbers
For the play dough numbers activity, you will require:
- Some play dough
- Dry beans, seeds, pony beads, pebbles, and other small objects
- Number mats (You can print these)
Set out three different colors of play dough and three different types of little materials to press into the play dough numbers (dry black beans, pony beads, and popcorn kernels). Give your toddler, choices because it offers them a sense of control.
By rolling the play dough between your palms to generate a “sausage-like” shape and then shaping it with the number mat as a guide. Then practice counting by touching each item and pronouncing the numeric name loudly. For the number 4, for example, count and press 4 pony beads into the dough. Repeat for numbers 1-10. Then pose questions such as, “Which play dough number has the most items on it?” and “Which play dough number has more, 9 or 3?”
2. Number Puzzle
Puzzles are something that might frustrate adults but are adored by children. And you can make use of puzzles to inculcate number sense in your pre-schooler. All you have to do is write all the numbers on a plain paper or a breakable white cardboard with gaps between them, and then cut it into uneven shapes with each shape having a whole number.
Now, all you need to do is ask your child to solve the puzzle by joining the pieces, and you can help them with the counting of numbers and show them how the number ‘2’ comes after ‘1’ and how it is the missing piece that joins the other piece.
3. Objects around the house
It is the easiest way to make children realise the value of numbers. You can make them count objects around the house, like ‘How many doors are there in the house?’ or ‘How many chairs are there?’This will help them familiarize themselves with the objects around the house while being able to learn and count the numbers.
The most powerful learning methods for pre-schoolers are often “hidden” inside children’s play. According to studies, approximately 50% of a child’s natural play contains some type of math. Mathematical literacy is critical for success in a competitive society, and it also helps language literacy: students gain vocabulary, reasoning, and communication skills, as well as a love for learning. Our world may be better understood via mathematics, so encourage your child to include it in all that they do. And the best way to accomplish that is having them be a part of i-Maths where learning and play go hand in hand so that your little one will never get bored.