Fun math activities for preschoolers

Turn playtime into learning time with these super fun math activities for preschoolers 

Ever wonder what skills your little one should have before they start kindergarten? Before they start kindergarten, preschoolers should have learned some basic skills.

  • They should know the alphabet song and be able to identify some of the alphabets.
  • They should be able to recognize shapes, sizes and colors and sort them
  • They should be able to count to 20 and match the numerals to the names
  • They should be able to recognize simple patterns

Children begin learning math long before they start school. They would’ve come across numbers in their daily lives from a very young age. How else could your little one ask for two cookies when you offer one? Children know some math concepts naturally. They use legos and building blocks to build and design. They also learn to sort and organize colors and shapes based on what they like. And all this they learn through the natural act of playing.

Math is a subject that will come in handy all our lives. We apply basic math functions in our daily lives while managing money, shopping and even cooking. Learning math also helps your child’s basic cognitive skills, concentration and working memory.

Preschool is the right age to introduce your child to the wonderful world of math. While they will learn all this in school, it’s always good to get a headstart. To get your child interested in learning math, you must make it hands-on and fun. Here are a few super fun math activities for preschoolers that are simple and will help them learn some basic concepts of math.

Fun math activities for preschoolers

When your child is a preschooler, all they love to do is play. But don’t worry, playing can be educational too. 

Counting and sorting with marbles

This is a simple and fun activity that includes learning two basic concepts of math. Kids will have to sort colorful marbles and place them in the right slot in the right amount. You’ll need a large white sheet of paper, a marker and some blue, yellow, red and green marbles to perform this activity.

Sorting

Set the sheet of paper on a flat surface and draw 4 large circles on it. Name the circles blue, yellow, red and green, respectively. To make it easier for your child, you can fill the circles with the respective color. Place a heap of marbles in front of your child and ask them to sort it colorwise. For example: Ask your child to place blue marbles in the blue circle and green marbles in the green circle and so on.

Counting

If your child can already count, you can make this activity more challenging. Ask your child to count and place a certain number of marbles in each of the circles. For example: Ask your preschooler to count 5 yellow marbles and place them in the yellow circle and 3 red marbles in the red circle.

If you don’t have colored marbles on hand, you can do this activity with colorful m & m candies too. You can give them the m & m’s for every right answer they get. Check out Osmo for some more counting activities for preschoolers.

Graphing

While graphs and pie charts are concepts they learn much later in their schooling, it doesn’t hurt to introduce it to them early. And you can make it very easy and fun by helping your children graph the different kinds of transportation or fruits or even gumballs.

You’ll need a large sheet of paper, a marker and different colored apples to perform this activity. Place the paper on a flat surface and mark three columns on the sheet. Draw a red apple at the bottom of the first column, a green apple in the second column and a pink apple in the third column. 

Place the different colored apples in front of the child and ask them to place it in the appropriate column. You can make it more challenging by asking them to count the number of apples in each column. This is a great fall math activity for preschoolers, when apples are in season.

Spring math activity for preschoolers: Popsicle stick geometry

Geometry is all about shapes and kids love learning new shapes. Kids already have experience designing and building things with their legos and building blocks. So, creating geometrical shapes from popsicle sticks will be right in their alley! To perform this activity, you’ll need some washi tape, popsicle sticks and marker pens.

Cover each of the popsicle sticks with some washi tape. Using the marker, write “Square” in bold letters on 4 popsicle sticks. Now, write triangle on 3 popsicle sticks and write rectangle on 6 popsicle sticks and so on. Help your child to stick the 4 popsicle sticks with “Square” written on them, to form a square. Repeat the activity to make a triangle, rectangle and any other geometrical shape of your choice.

If they get tired of geometrical shapes, let your child unleash their creativity with these popsicle stick crafts for kids.

Thanksgiving math activity for preschoolers: Counting marshmallows

Thanksgiving is a great time for family, food and friends. In all the merriment, children usually forget all about learning. How about doing a Thanksgiving math activity for preschoolers? If your preschooler is getting in the way of you prepping for the holiday, get them to help you. Make a sweet potato casserole and play a counting marshmallows game with them.

Ask your preschooler to pick a certain number of marshmallows to put on your casserole. You can turn it into a riddle too. 

For example: I need some marshmallows for this pie, I’m the number between three and five. Your child should then hand you four marshmallows.

Along with math activities, improve your child’s vocabulary with this Thanksgiving crossword puzzle.

Winter math activity for preschoolers: Counting snowballs

Winter is a great time to play some math-themed games outdoors. All that snow makes is perfect for learning shapes and counting outdoors. Kids love to play with snow, so let’s have some fun in the snow and sun. You’ll need foam snowmen, markers and lots of snowballs. Help your child make several snowballs and store them in two separate pails.

Write the numbers from 1 to 6 on the foam snowmen and arrange them side by side in order on the ground. Now ask your child to place the appropriate number of snowballs on each of the snowman’s heads. For example: Your child should arrange four snowballs on top of the 4th snowman.

Christmas math activity for preschoolers: Fractions and measurements

Christmas is a time when there’s a lot of baking and cooking going on at home. This is a great time to introduce your child to whole numbers and fractions. Get your preschooler to help you out in the kitchen while you bake their favorite cookies. Ask your child to help you measure the ingredients using the measuring cups and spoons. For example: Ask them to give you a cup of flour or a teaspoon of sugar.

To help them understand the concept of whole numbers and fractions, start off by filling one cup with water. Then place a half cup of water next to it and teach them the difference between half and full. If this proves too confusing you can always ask them to count eggs. Another cool thing you can do to make this more interesting, ask them to tell you what comes first, second or third in the ingredients list. 

Check your child’s knowledge of Christmas with a fun activity: Christmas trivia questions for kids. Learning math can be very easy. It depends on how much fun you add to the learning process.