If you’re doing a preschool insect theme, this math game is the perfect one to put in a learning center or to do at home at your kitchen table.
This week I’m doing the letter “I” with my preschooler. I decided to create a simple printable that would help him practice using a die… counting insects for the bug jar.
First I printed and laminated the jar. Then I printed the bugs, laminated them, and cut them apart. My four-year-old attached a small piece of sticky tack to each one. (Sticky tack works great, by the way!)
My Three rolled the die, counted the dots, and put that many bugs in his jar.
He kept rolling the die and adding to the jar.
This sort of activity is great for teaching subitizing: the ability to look at a visual representation of a number (like the dots on a die) and immediately know how many there are, without counting each individual object.
The numbers 1, 2, and 3 were no problem; he knew what those were right away. But for numbers 4 and 5 he had to stop and count the dots. He wanted my help with number 6.
We also got in some counting practice and even the sound of letter I. “How many /i/, /i/, insects do you need to put in the jar now?”
Such a fun printable for spring!