Outdoor Math Games for Preschoolers
Most Moms already know that preschoolers retain more information, if the subject is about them! As you continue to distance at home, consider taking time today to teach some super easy and fun math games. Do not worry. Preschoolers will have so much fun playing these games, they might not know they are learning!
Foam numbers or sticky notes with numbers written on them
ALL ABOUT ME MATH RACE
Set our foam numbers out in numerical order at the end of your driveway. This is a task that you can invite the children to help you with or set up beforehand.
Ask your child to stand up by your garage doors. Ask them an All About Me math question. Preschoolers need to race up to find the correct number and bring it back to you in race style.
All About Me math questions that you might ask:
How old are you?
How many pets do you have?
How many brothers do you have?
How many sisters do you have?
How many wheels are on your bicycle?
How many teeth have you lost?
How many candles will be on your next birthday cake?
What is your bedtime?
How many eyes do you have?
How many shoes do you have on?
How many pillows are on your bed?
Draw a large square on the driveway with chalk and write random numbers in squares.
Ask your child to hop to the square with that number.
Tell them the rule is they cannot step on a line.
They must land in the correct square.
They must only hop to the number you have called out.
If your student is unsure of their written numbers, write matching ones on sticky notes and show the number to your preschooler and say the number also. Asking children to look for leaves or sticks to make the numbers is also a great learning experience.
Use this same idea to vary the game. For example, draw shapes on the driveway that contain numbers. Ask your child to hop to the circle. What number is in the circle?
Learning about numbers is a preschooler’s first step toward becoming a budding young mathematician. And in preschool, math learning is all about counting, number recognition, and one-to-one correspondence.