My preschoolers love any game that involves dice, so we play a lot of them! This farm-themed preschool math game is called “put the mud on the pig”. Having a silly name apparently made it even more fun for the kiddos to play!
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How the children played
We kept the dice game pretty simple the first time around. Most of the kiddos played the game with a friend, although a few chose to play on their own. They rolled the die, then placed the appropriate number of Unifix cubes on the pig (so if I rolled a 5, I’d place 5 cubes on the pig). Then the other student rolled the die. Whoever got rid of their “muddy” cubes first won the game.
Different ways to play
This preschool math activity can be changed up depending on the kids who are playing it. To encourage number recognition, write numbers on the pig play mats. When the child rolls the die, she has to place a cube on the correct number. The kiddos could also use dice that have numbers on them, rather than dots.
Let the students use two dice while playing. They can roll both at the same time, then count/add how many dots they have all together. That final number determines how many cubes get placed on the pig. Once again, the kids could use dice with numbers instead of dots. This would help with learning addition facts.
Learning behind the fun
As with most activities I share, there’s a lot of learning involved. Here are some concepts the children learned with this game:
- One-to-one correspondence
- Taking turns
- Being a graceful winner/loser
- Numeral recognition
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What fun preschool math game will you be trying out with the kiddos? Would they enjoy a dice game like this one?