Looking for something fun to use in October? Or maybe you’re like me and just love cute monster clip art. :) Either way, I hope you can use this free preschool math game with your 3,4, or 5 year old.
This game will help your preschooler with the following skills:
- number recognition 1-6
- counting objects up to 6
- subitizing (looking at a group of objects — in this case, dots on a die — and knowing how many there are without counting each one)
My Three and just-turned-Five each got a copy of a game board. We placed them on magnetic baking trays and got out our colorful power magnets. It’s also important to use a numbered die for this activity. If you don’t have one, just cover the sides of a regular die with a blank sticker and write the numerals 1-6.
The boys took turns rolling the die, reading the number, and finding a matching die on the game board to cover.
I learned how important it is for my Three to be doing this kind of thing when he struggled to count some of the groups of dots. However, by the end he was starting to recognize the number of dots without counting them (yeah, subitizing!) and showed improvement in his counting as well.
The whole game was a bit long for my boys, but it was kind of a rough morning. We ended early, but we’ll be sure to try again another day!
**And if you want to modify this for a child who’s not ready to match numerals to dots, just use a numbered die and let it be a simple matching activity. (Thanks to a reader for suggesting that!)
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