15 Numeracy Activities for Preschoolers

numeracy for preschoolers

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Well… as you know, I blog over at Red Ted Art, where you will find all things crafty. It is so nice to have an “outlet” for all those other things we are doing and “issues” we are facing! So finally, I get to look at different ways to help my children improve their numeracy! Though they are still young and there is nothing to worry about, I think if you can make learning fun, then why not?!

Here is a round up of numeracy enhancing ideas:

numeracy exercises for kidsJoin The Dots

This is one we discovered by accident and found hugely helpful and fun – the classic “join the dots” activity. There were some in one of my son’s magazine’s. We discovered two things 1) how much he loves doing them and 2) which numbers he has problems with. Read more about it!

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5 Little Ducks

Nothing like a fun little craft, that reinforces nursery rhymes and gets you doing some basic counting. Make your own “5 Little Ducks Craft” and have some numeric fun.

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number learningCounting Maze

A fantastic idea from Hands On As We Grow – a COUNTING maze… yep.. you will need you learn your numbers for this one. Go visit the site for more!

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learning numbersSimple Dice Game

A super simple maths game involving dice – great as a take a long game for on a train journey or in a restaurant. Just don’t loose the dice! From In Lieu of Preschool, read more there!

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teaching 2 digit numbersTwo Digit Numbers

Another great and simple idea from In Lieu of Preschool is this quick DIY cup game to help with two digit numbers (I think this will be next on the agenda, here at the Zoo!!). Go visit to find out how to make it and use it! And check out this post for more ideas and questions you can ask.

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Rain Catcher

Combine science with numeracy the way Rainy Day Mum did with this rain catcher – explore what is happening outside, look at the numbers AND practice writing it in a chart. Hop over to Rainy Day Mum for more!

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numeracy for kidsShopping Trip

Learn with Play has a great idea to both practice your numbers AND keep the children entertained whilst at the supermarket.. go find out more!

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numeracy preschoolersLadybirds

Another cute crafty idea from Rainy Day Mum – not only is it fun, but you can practice counting. Ladybird plates! Cute!

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numbers for kdisFish Counting

Combining story time, with activity time with FISH counting! Just like JDaniel4sMums did! Fun all the way and then gobble your fish!

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numeracy and numbersCard Playing

I used to LOVE playing cards a child and here Mommy With A Selective Memory shares why this is helpful to encourage numeracy!

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numeracy for childrenM&Ms

Ha. This one really did make me smile! You have to love Mama Smile’s blog – learn numbers, counting, graphing AND colours with M&Ms!

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pre k and k numbersSorting Beans

Or if M&Ms are not your thing, why not play, sort and count beans? Another simple activity from Mama Smiles to encourage numeracy!

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numbers for preschoolersCracker Box Puzzle

Make a simple puzzle from a cracker box the way Hands on As We Grow did – shows that a bit of very quick upcycling can be fun AND aid numeracy.

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numeracyScavenger Hunt

Similar to the Supermarket numbers hunt, organise a numbers scavenger hunt at home. Thanks again Hands on As We Grow. Read the full post here and see how you can make the most out of this fun activity!

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learning numbers preschoolersDice Bingo

Love this fun idea of playing dice bingo from Lesson’s Learnt Journal. This looks like a great idea and will get those kids having a go. You will also find Button Paperclip Number Cards, Metronome Counting (how fab to hone your listening skills?) and a Numbers Book idea. What a fantastic selection to help numeracy!

numbersNumbers and Value

Finally an idea from The Good Long Road not only teach number recognition, but the value of money.

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I hope you found these ideas to help your child’s numeracy helpful and fun!!

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10 Responses to 15 Numeracy Activities for Preschoolers

  1. What a lovely round-up! Thank you for including our counting and sorting activities!

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  3. Jen Fischer says:

    Love these ideas. We recently did this – http://jennifischer.blogspot.com/2012/05/1-to-10-for-tuesday-number.html – great for letting him see what number values mean!

  4. A very handy round up for parents. Thank you for including our shopping trip post :)

  5. Jen Fischer says:

    Such good ideas! I especially love dice bingo. We’ve done dice matching with two die and an egg carton with each slot labelled, but it was a bit too advanced for my little guy. I think bingo would work better for now. Thanks for including an activity from The Good Long Road.

  6. Thanks for sharing! Will have to check out some of the other ideas, too. Nice round-up! :)

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