This week’s #PLAYfulpreschool is all about . . . you guessed it, transportation! 🙂 Below are a few math activities to try out with the kiddos, including some free printables. They’re great additions to a preschool transportation theme!
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math for a preschool transportation theme
Dice & Roll-and-Stamp Games
There’s just something about dice that preschoolers inherently seem to love! I think that’s why dice games always seem to be a hit at school.
Prep: Print out the games – I’ve included color and black-and-white versions of a helicopter and a hot air balloon. The black-and-white versions are meant to be copied and given to students to color on (so they can take them home after the games). The color versions are meant to be laminated and used over and over in the classroom (if you’re seeking less paper production).
How to play the dice game:
- I usually have the kids play this game in pairs, with each person using a different color crayon. They share one piece of paper.
- Player 1 rolls a die and determines the amount of dots on the die. She finds the appropriate numeral on the paper and colors it in.
- Player 2 goes and does the same.
- Play continues until there are no numbers left. Whoever has the most can take the paper home.
- With a laminated color copy, glass gems or bingo chips can be used to cover the numbers.
How to play the roll-and-stamp game:
- This is just a different version of the above dice game. Instead of coloring in boxes, the children use a dot stamp (aka bingo marker) to cover the number. Whoever has the most at the end of the game can take the paper home.
- With a laminated color copy, children can use glass gems or bingo chips to cover the numbers.
Help children with counting, fine motor skills, and numeral-to-quantity understanding with these simple cards.
Prep: Print out the number cards and cut them apart. There are four number cards on each page. I suggest laminating the cards so they’re sturdier and last longer.
Different ways to play with the number cards:
- Children can use clothespins with the number cards. They pin the clothespin on the appropriate number after counting the transportation vehicles.
- The children can use toy vehicles to make this a more hands-on lesson. For example, if they have a card with three cars on it, the kids would grab three toy cars. They’d work together to match the pattern of the cars on the picture card. Then they could determine the appropriate number.
These puzzles are self-correcting, as children can see if the picture is coming together correctly.
Prep: Print out the number puzzles. They can be laminated and then cut apart to be kept in the classroom. The puzzles could also just be printed out (in black and white) for each child to use and take home.
Using the number puzzles:
- Children can work independently or with a friend to complete the puzzles. Laminated versions would be great in the math center. Once the puzzles are assembled, children can point to each and count.
- The puzzles can be completed, then broken apart (but kept in numerical order). Children can then bring out toy cars to match the numerals. Underneath the number 2, they would place two cars. Under the number 5, they’d place five cars.
- If printing so each child gets a copy, the kiddos could cut the strips apart themselves. Then they’d mix them up and reassemble the puzzles. If they wanted, the children could glue the puzzle back together on a piece of construction paper.
These number roads are from Dr. Jean, and I looooove them! You can grab your own free printable version HERE.
Prep: Print out the number cards. There are letter cards as well, so I just downloaded everything to a flash drive. I took the drive to a local copy shop and had them print everything out for me. It saved my ink at home! Laminate the cards and keep them as a class set.
Ways to use the number roads:
- Place the roads out along with a variety of toy vehicles. Children can drive the cars along the roads, practicing correct number formation.
- Have the children put the numbers in order.
- Have the children count out the appropriate number of toy vehicles for each road. They can drive the vehicles on the number road, counting as they go!
All 11 pages of my transportation math activities are available to my email subscribers. I send out 2 to 4 emails a month with recent posts, fun ideas I’ve found around the web, freebies, etc. You can sign up HERE. The math activities include a dice game (in color and black-and-white), a roll-and-stamp game (in color and black-and-white), 12 mini number cards, and 4 number puzzles.
If you’re not up for becoming an email subscriber, you can still grab the helicopter dice game HERE.
more #PLAYfulpreschool transportation ideas
Learning Letter Sounds on Alphabet Road by Mom Inspired Life
Alphabet Road: Beginning Sounds Matching Activity by Tiny Tots Adventures