Preschool math games will not only teach your child a few things about math. They will promote his/her cognitive development, critical thinking and even awaken early scientific and mathematical interests.
Counting With Vegetable Preschool Math Game
Children from a very young age learn that vegetables are very healthy and good for you. That is why children often think about vegetables as something from the "adult's world" that they try to avoid. Sometimes their attitude towards healthy food is cautious and not necessarily “friendly”. This can be changed by introducing math games that prove the opposite - vegetables are fun, and counting with them makes math fun too!
This math game for preschoolers is a great sensorial game as well. Your child will be developing his/her fine motor skills and learn about different vegetables – their names, qualities, texture, and sensations.
Various kinds of vegetables – carrots, celery, cucumbers, peas, etc.
- Put vegetables on the table in front of your child.
- Start by promoting memory development and critical thinking skills with a few questions. For instance: “How can we grow vegetables”? “What vitamins can we find in vegetables”? “Why do we eat vegetables”? Your child can learn more about vegetables from the Healthy Foods game.
- Place one vegetable on the plate, and ask a child how many vegetables are on the plate. Keep on adding and taking away vegetables, thus, teaching a child about addition and subtraction. Teaching your child how to count with real objects instead of bare numbers will make it much easier for him/her to understand these new concepts.
- Then, ask your child to sort vegetables according to color and shape. Ask him/her how many vegetables are on each pile. Ask them about vegetables' shapes. Are they of round, square, or rectangular shape?
- At the end ask your child which vegetables (and how many of them) you should be having for lunch!
You can try different variations of this game. Counting with fruits, with gummy bears, with cookies, pom poms, macaronies, etc. Thus, all that matters is to use a product that your child likes, as the more enthusiastic your child will be the faster he/she can learn new mathematical ideas.
Preschool math games are more than just educational games. While learning how to count at this age children are exploring new textures, forms, and ideas. When children are counting with unusual materials it ignites their interests and the overall process becomes more exciting and entertaining. As your child grows it is a great idea to add some mathematical recreational games like dominoes and chess to your daily activities.
In addition, mathematics for kids is not just about counting - it is a great language and literacy activity. While counting children will be learning new words, therefore, learning how to read, widening their vocabulary and improving their expressing language and communicational skills.