Recently I found this gem at the Dollar Store.
You write the numbers on this die with a dry erase marker. This is gold because it means you can change the numbers at any time. In elementary you could add the number zero or teen numbers. My little preschooler is focusing on the numbers one to five so I changed the six to a smiley face.
Now I just needed a game to play 🙂 Joseph loves games! At first I thought it was because he really liked winning (like his mom). But soon I saw he didn’t mind losing either. What he loves is the undivided attention. He is often careful to point out that his one year old sister “cannot play because she’s too little.”
In math we are working on learning the numbers one to five. But we are not focusing on counting. Instead, we are spending our time on the more important skill of understanding the amount each number represents. So far he can correctly show me groups of one, two, or three objects when asked. That is more important to me than if he can count to twenty. We’re going to keep practicing until he has a solid grasp of four and five too. This game was a great way to make that practice fun.
So without further ado…the amazing dry erase dice game!
You will need:
- 1 die
- A dry erase marker
- 2 plates or bowls
- 20 beads, beans, or other type of counter
- Mark the die with the numbers 1 to 5. Practice saying the names of the numbers. Instead of a 6 put a smiley face. When a player rolls a smiley face they have to do something similar (we jumped up and stuck out our tongues).
- Each player starts with 10 beads on their plate.
- When a player rolls the die they take that many beads from the other player. They should carefully count them in the center before putting them on their plate. That way if they made a mistake you can catch it.
- Play continues for 10 turn or until one player wins all the beads. Whatever you have the patience for 🙂
That’s it! Super simple but we spent so much time practice our numbers this morning because he was engaged in the game. The beads worked really well for us because he liked trying to steal certain colors from me.
It’s November and little man and I are working on counting to 5. We had just bought a bunch feathers at the Dollar Store so I thought up this simple craft.
The trickiest part was getting some featherless turkeys. I made a printable so that it will be easier for you 🙂
Start by coloring in all the turkeys. It is easier if you do this before cutting them out.
Cut them out and select the right number of feathers for each turkey. Use some tape to attach the feathers to the back.
The real proof of excellence in our preschool is if it gets hung up. These turkeys made it up on the window.
Get the turkey printable here: Turkey Counting Craft
This week I did my first ever math lesson with my son Joseph (age 3). We’ve been focusing on our Before Five in A Row curriculum and doing lots or art and science. But he’s been expressing interest in numbers so I pulled together a few simple activities.
I picked this game up in the Target bins at the beginning of the school year for $1. My main focus with him is not to teach him to count, but to help him understand what each number means. So I love how the pieces connect the numeral with the correct amount.
One critique is that all of the pieces are congruent, so you can fit 4 together with the 6 lady bug pieces. I realized this when I checked on my son after his nap. He had pieced all 20 numerals together! I thought I had raised a math genius. And then I looked more closely…they weren’t matched correctly.
There are lots of games out there like this. Many of them are themes with TV characters etc. They’re pretty cheap and worth picking up for some easy practice.
Joseph is convinced that math means M&M’s, so I also whipped up this little exercise so we could practice the numbers 1 to 5.
First I numbered some mini-cups. I threw zero in there too because I was excited 🙂
He put the correct number of M&M’s in each cup and we practiced putting them in order.
Later I would take one number and hide it and he had to figure out which one was missing. That was a bit too tough for him this time through, but we’ll try again in the future.
That’s our preschool math for now. We will just keep working on 1 to 5 until he feels comfortable with it. I’m also getting some cool math books out of the library. I’ll post on those soon 🙂