This post on Early Numeracy Fun For Preschoolers is part of my 21 Challenge. I am taking The 21 Challenge to raise money to support homeless and at-risk young people in Australia. There are more than 32,000 young people who sleep on our streets every night and I blogging a kids activity daily to raise funds to go to Open Family Australia who support these youths.
My challenge is to blog daily an activity I do each day with my kids, using only things we have at home or use what we have on hand when we are out. You can see all the children’s activities I have posted as part of the 21 Challenge by clicking on the tag 21 Challenge here.
A simple sorting and counting game for preschoolers. We play shops using the fruit counters, taking turns to buy and sell fruit to each other.
I played this with the three year old, but very soon into the play, the 6 and 8 year old appeared wanting turns too.
- Fruit counters (I purchased ours about 8 years ago from the store Windmill, you can see similar counters at their online shop.)
- Containers to sort into
- Cash register
- Shopping baskets or containers
To introduce early numeracy skills to the preschooler like:
- sorting – classifying and grouping like items
- counting – recite numbers in order
- one to one matching – while being able to recite numbers is a skill preschoolers can learn by rote, one to one matching means that they count out items correctly. This takes time and practice and there are so many real life opportunities you can use to help them practice counting out, eg two biscuits for each child.
What we did:
He would them count each piece of fruit, one by one, into my bowl. This is new for him, so I would count along with him. He was happy to count 1, 2, 15 and so on! So we will be playing this game regularly for a while to help cement, his number knowledge.
Additional resources – Early Numeracy Apps:
I have downloaded a couple of apps which focus on similar early numeracy skills. I like mixing up the mediums used for the preschooler to explore new concepts, so will give him shorts bursts of time on the app to compliment the play we do together.
Cost: $2.99. I think for the number of games you get, the nice graphics and the music, this app is good value for money.
Link: Bugs and Buttons
The graphics aren’t quite as pretty as Bugs and Buttons, but it does have a great instructor who tells the preschoolers what to do. They can replay the instruction too if they didn’t understand it. I also liked how you can have different users, so each child who uses it can stay at their own level.
Cost: One topic (sorting and matching) is free, you can then buy further topics individually or the whole set for $10.49. While we haven’t bought the full app yet, once we have mastered these basic concepts I most likely will. It does deal with early numeracy concepts very well from what I have seen in topic 1, so think it will be a good tool to use to support the preschoolers learning.
Link: Maths, 3 – 5
What sort of early numeracy games do you play with your preschooler?
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