Here’s a simple activity for preschoolers that will turn counting practice into a game! Lately, Owen (4.5) has felt like he is “too big” for counting activities that we used to do, but he actually still needs practice on counting. I realized that he is much more motivated to count when it involves keeping score, and so I set up this simple game for him.
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How to Play: To play this game, you need objects for counting (we used math linking cubes), a cup for each player (pick the size based on age and ability), and a die. We used a math die with the numbers 1-12 on it.
Each player rolls the die and then adds that many cubes to their cup. The first one to fill the cup wins!
Variation: Use two regular dice and have your child add the numbers on the dice and take that many cubes. Or for young preschoolers, just use one regular die and practice the numbers 1-6.
Variation 2: Work backwards and empty the cups instead of filling them. Before you start, have your child guess how many rolls it will take to empty the cups.
This game held Owen’s interest for several rounds, but the amazing part was that it also held his brother’s interest as well (ages 7 and 10)! They were more than happy to help Owen play this game.
For more preschool counting practice:
- Five Number Activities (Using items from around the house!)