These number activities for preschoolers include many fun, engaging, and hands-on ways to explore numbers with young children. If you’re looking for math activities for preschoolers and kindergartners that focus on numbers, you’ve come to the right place!
Below, you’ll find a variety of preschool number activities to suit your needs. They let kids practice early math skills like number recognition, number formation, one-to-one correspondence, and counting. There are even a variety of number printables perfect for early childhood classrooms.
And all of the number activities take into account how young children learn. So the ideas encourage hands-on exploration with numbers and manipulatives.
Coming up, you’ll find all of the number-related activities from Fun-A-Day. I’ll keep adding to the list as I share more here with you, so be sure to pop back and check.
Number Activities for Preschoolers
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These number activities will help you teach a variety of important early math skills, like:
- One-to-one correspondence
- Number identification
- Number formation
- Matching numerals to quantities
- Numerical order
- Skip counting
Counting Activities for Preschoolers
We can’t talk about number activities for preschoolers without touching on counting, right? The links below can all be used to practice concepts like those listed above.
While each of these are different math skills, they’re very much interrelated. And, depending on the ages and needs of your students, you will focus on different ones with the following ideas.
Of course, there will be more coming in the future, and I’ll be sure to add the links then.
Preschool Number Printables
As promised, I also have some printables to add to this collection of number activities for preschoolers! While I’m not a fan of preschool worksheets, that usually only serve one purpose, I do rather like printables that can be used multiple ways.
In fact, I have over 40 number printables perfect for preschool and kindergarten classrooms! You can check them out by clicking on the link below:
Like the non-printable number ideas, these printables have been used with kids in both preschool and kindergarten. And they’re all great ways to explore early math concepts. Here are a few of my favorites:
Okay, I’ll stop there. Since there are so many printable number activities for preschoolers, it’s best if you click through the link above. That way you can find just the right one for you and your kids!
Okay, okay. So I didn’t stop there. Because I wanted to highlight a subset of the number printables. And those are the calendar numbers!
I highly recommend that you grab a few sets for yourself. You can use the number cards in SO MANY ways! They’re super easy to prep, and the illustrations allow for some whimsy throughout the year. Click on the link below to check them out:
I have quite a few more planned out for the upcoming year. So be sure to save that post, too. That way you can get your hands on them as soon as they’re ready!
What is Counting?
Since I mentioned above the various skills these number activities for preschoolers can cover, I thought we’d chat a bit about what the terms mean.
We, as adults, tend to use the term “counting” to cover a few different bases. When it comes to early math, counting means determining the total number of items in a particular group.
Some examples of counting:
- Holding up a finger for each year in a child’s age and counting them out loud. “One, two, three, four.”
- Placing toy cars out on the table and counting them along the way.
- Looking at five kids in line and counting them 1 through 5, sequentially.
So counting includes both numbers and sets of items. And the understanding that the last number said is the total of the items in the group.
What is Rote Counting?
If you’re here, you’re likely a teacher or caregiver of a young child. No doubt you’ve experienced said child practicing their counting (sometimes over and over and over again, right?!).
That’s rote counting – saying the numbers in order. Specifically, rote counting is reciting numbers in order (from memory). There are no specific objects being counted. The numbers are being said out loud in sequential order.
And, as with most things when it comes to young children, there are a few steps along the way to true rote counting. From toddlers saying, “One, three, nine . . .” to preschoolers counting to 20 but skipping 15, children work their way up to counting out loud.
What is One-to-One Correspondence?
One-to-one correspondence is the understanding that every object in a group can only be counted once; that every number corresponds with a specific quantity. It can also be explained as matching one item to one corresponding item or number.
This understanding is developed with lots of playful practice, in many different hands-on ways. Some examples of one-to-one correspondence in early childhood:
- Putting a counting bear on top of a toy block – “I have one bear and one block!”
- Placing manipulatives in a ten-frame, one frame at a time, with only one manipulative per square
- Touching one toy at a time while saying the corresponding number out loud
- Moving beads on a string as they’re being counted
- Pointing to kids in line, one by one, and counting along the way
- Counting each time a child hops on one foot
Most of the number activities for preschoolers included in this post can be used for counting with one-to-one correspondence. The activities help children move from rote counting to rational counting.
Matching Quantities to Numerals
One-to-one correspondence helps children learn that each number corresponds to a specific quantity. Using things like magnetic numbers or printable number cards can help kids move forward with corresponding quantities with numerals.
For example, you might place one of the calendar numbers on the table. It’s the numeral 5. Then your students can count out 5 Unifix cubes, one at a time, counting each one only once. So many early math skills are very much intertwined, so kids are exploring multiple concepts with each of the number activities for preschoolers.
Preschool Supplies for Exploring Numbers
Now that we’ve delved into all the fun number activities for preschoolers you can try out soon, let’s chat supplies. You don’t really have to have a certain type of material to teach kids about numbers. In fact, that’s one of the great things about preschool math – you can use items on-hand or already in your environment.
Now you’ll have to tell me what YOUR favorite number activities for preschoolers are! Leave them in the comments below this post.
Done-For-You Number Activities for Preschoolers
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